Getting Started with Hospice
Referrals come from many sources, including emergency departments, hospitals, palliative programs, physicians, caregivers, etc.
Typically, the personal physician informs the patient and his/her family of the life-limiting illness, and makes a recommendation for hospice services. Medications, treatments, therapies and hospice services are ordered by this physician. There is on-going communication between the physician and the hospice team members, even when the patient is physically unable to visit his/her physician in the office.
Assessment & evaluation is an essential part of the admission process. Once a referral is received, the hospice team will request copies of the medical record to support appropriateness of the admission.