For Healthcare Professionals

Hospice and Palliative Care Eligibility Guidelines

Does your patient need hospice or palliative care?

Patients are eligible for hospice care when a physician makes a clinical determination that life expectancy is six months or less if the terminal illness runs its normal course.

Hospice Eligibility Guidelines

These general guidelines will help you determine if your patient is eligible for hospice. The guidelines are provided as a convenient tool and are not meant to take the place of a physician's professional judgment.

Palliative Care Guidelines

Palliative care provides patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness—whatever the diagnosis. Palliative care can be started at any time during the illness and can be provided in addition to curative treatments.

Here are some of the guidelines to determine if your patient could benefit from palliative care.