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Hospice Eligibility

As a physician, your job is to cure patients. Some physicians hesitate to refer their patients to Hospice because patients may feel that their physician is giving up hope. However, studies show that patients who choose hospice or palliative care live, on average, two months longer than patients who seek traditional curative treatment, such as chemotherapy.* 

Patient Assessment

  • Terminal illness with prognosis of 6 months or less
  • Needs help with pain- and symptom-management
  • Weight loss of more than 10 lbs. in the past month
  • Chronic infections or wounds that won’t heal
  • Needs help with personal care/hygiene 
  • 3 or more than visits to ER/Urgent Care in past 6 months

*2016 Study published in the New England Journal of Medicine


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Relevant Studies

2016 - Patients live longer

2014 - Better Death

2011 - Higher Quality of Life