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The entire team was great to us and we appreciated all they did for us. They were so caring and concerned for our dad and for our family. Thank you.

Physician Update on Medicare / Medicaid Hospice

From the Department of Health and Human Services Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS):

  • The Medicare program recognizes that terminal illnesses do not have predictable courses; therefore, the benefit is available for extended periods of time beyond six (6) months provided that proper certification is made at the start of each coverage period.
  • Physicians, hospitals, and skilled nursing facilities are urged to recommend hospice care to beneficiaries whom they determine may benefit from it.
  • The certification of terminal illness of an individual who elects hospice shall be based on the physician’s clinical judgment regarding the normal course of the individual’s illness.

Referenced from: Quality of Life Matters, End-of-Life Care News and Clinical Findings for Physicians. Vol. 6, Issue 4, Feb/Mar/Apr 2005.