Criteria for hospice

In order to qualify for the hospice benefit, all of the following is required:

  • Patient/next of kin/durable power of attorney must sign consents, allowing the hospice to care for the patient and access to their medical records
  • A doctor or nurse practitioner certify that the patient is living with a life-limiting illness and is appropriate for hospice
  • Understanding that pursuing aggressive treatment is outside the scope of hospice
  • Necessary information provided to hospice to confirm insurance eligibility (i.e. Social Security Number, insurance policy number)