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Hospice of Natchitoches was a wonderful help to us. My mother's passing occurred of Easter weekend and they were there for us when we needed them.

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.