What Are the Four Criteria in Admitting a Patient to Hospice Care?


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Admission to hospice care is based on a physician's clinical acumen rather than certain criteria, according to National Hospice and Palliative Care Association. The Benefits Improvement and Protection Act, also known as BIPA, clearly states that hospice certification is based on the physician’s or medical director’s clinical judgment.

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Criteria for certain conditions in relation to qualification for Medicare benefits is required, states Aurora Health Care and Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina. For instance, qualification for Medicare Part A requires an individual to have a terminal illness that is certified by a physician, and the patient must have less than six months to live, according to National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

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