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Hospice Eligibility

Requirements

In order to begin hospice care, patients must meet the hospice eligibility requirements established by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. While no specific number of symptoms is required when qualifying for hospice, these guidelines can help determine if a patient’s condition is, or will soon be, appropriate for hospice care.

Hospice Eligibility Requirements:

  • Patient has been diagnosed with a life-limiting condition with a prognosis of six months or less if their disease runs its normal course

  • Frequent hospitalizations in the past six months

  • Progressive weight loss (taking into consideration edema weight)

  • Increasing weakness, fatigue, and somnolence

  • A change in cognitive and functional abilities

  • Compromised Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) such as eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring/walking, and continence

  • Deteriorating mental abilities

  • Recurrent Infections

  • Skin breakdown

  • Specific decline in condition

Disease-Specific Hospice Eligibility Criteria.

  • There are also specific hospice eligibility criteria to consider based on the patient’s primary diagnosis.

  • Cancer

  • Congestive Heart Failure / Cardiopulmonary Disease

  • Dementia

  • Cerebral Vascular Accident (CVA) / Stroke

  • COPD / Cardiopulmonary Disease

  • Liver Disease

  • AIDS

  • Neurological Conditions (non-Alzheimer’s dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, and Huntington’s disease)

  • Renal Disease

Financial Requirements For Hospice Are:

 

Please note: Co-morbidities, the presence of two or more chronic diseases or conditions at the same time, are also a factor to consider in qualifying for hospice.

If you have any doubt about whether the requirements for hospice care have been met, please contact us using the contact form!

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Palliative Eligibility
Requirements

 

In order to begin palliative care, patients must meet the palliative eligibility requirements established by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. While no specific number of symptoms is required when qualifying for palliative care, these guidelines can help determine if a patient’s condition is, or will soon be, appropriate for palliative care.

Palliative Eligibility Requirements:

This is one of the most common palliative care questions. Palliative care is appropriate for any illness that causes long-term pain and discomfort and/or for a chronic condition that causes periodic symptoms. Some examples of common illnesses for which people seek palliative treatment include:

  • Cancer

  • Heart Disease/CHF

  • Respiratory Disease/COPD

  • Renal Disease/Failure

  • HIV/AIDS

  • Chronic Liver Disease

  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

  • Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Stroke (CVA)

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) 

What Types Of Symptoms Is Palliative Care Appropriate For? 

  • Some examples of common symptoms for which people seek palliative treatment include:

  • Shortness of breath

  • Nausea/vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Constipation

  • Loss of appetite

  • Fatigue

  • Depression

  • Delirium

  • Difficulty sleeping

  • Anxiety

  • Emotional and/or spiritual distress

Financial Requirements For Palliative Are:

If you have any doubt about whether the requirements for hospice care have been met, please contact us using the contact form!