The information on this website may be helpful for determining hospice eligibility; however, these are guidelines only. Please contact us any time at 1-913-320-1688 for assistance with identifying your individual patient or loved one’s needs.
Important to note:
Patients who meet the guidelines are expected to have a life expectancy of six months or less if the terminal illness runs its normal course.
Some patients may not meet these guidelines, yet still have a life expectancy of six months or less. Other clinical variables not on the list may support the six-month or less life expectancy. These should be documented in the clinical record.
On the other hand, patients in the terminal stage of their illness who originally qualify for the Medicare hospice benefit but stabilize or improve briefly while receiving hospice care, may have a reasonable expectation of continued decline for a life expectancy of less than six months, and remain eligible for hospice care.
If a patient improves and/or stabilizes sufficiently over time while in hospice such that he/she no longer has a prognosis of six months or less from the most recent recertification evaluation or definitive interim evaluation, that patient should be considered for discharge from the hospice benefit. Such patients can be re-enrolled for a new benefit period when a decline in their clinical status shows the life expectancy is again six months or less.