Evaluating Patients for Hospice and Palliative Care
Does your patient need hospice? Patients are eligible for hospice care when a physician makes a clinical determination that life expectancy is six months or less if the terminal illness runs its normal course.
Use our guidelines to determine if your patient needs palliative care or hospice services. The guidelines are provided as a convenient tool and are not meant to take the place of a physician's professional judgment. A patient who does not meet these guidelines might still be eligible for hospice care due to co-morbidity or rapid decline.
General Hospice Eligibility Guidelines
In general, hospice-eligible patients have a terminal illness and a declining functional status. There are other signs to look for as well.
Clinical Hospice Guidelines by Diagnosis
These guidelines help physicians determine when their patients meet clinical guidelines for hospice eligibility for life-limiting illnesses: advanced dementia; advanced lung disease; HIV/AIDS; ALS; end-stage heart, liver or kidney disease and others.
Quick, Secure and Simple
Refer your hospice-eligible patient easily. The VITAS app features:
- One-touch referral capability
- Immediate access to hospice clinical guidelines
- 1-click access to a VITAS admissions coordinator
- Android and iOS compatibility