Admission Eligibility Guidelines

Would you be surprised if a patient of yours died within the next 6 months?

Meaningful conversations between providers and their patients about appropriate care choices can lead to better outcomes. Evidence-based medicine is more than just using clinically proven procedures: it is equally important to decide what not to do. When having a dialogue with patients about their care goals when they have a terminal illness, it is helpful to have criteria about hospice guidelines to augment your clinical judgment. The Guideline for Hospice Admission (shown as tabs below) has some helpful tips and descriptions about the benchmarks commonly used when determining eligibility for hospice. Informational visits are available for your patients and can take place at home or in a hospital setting.

Disease Specific Eligibility Guidelines

Tools & Resources

Printable Guidelines to Hospice Admission
Hospice Comfort Medications

Palliative Pearls


Palliative Pearls – “Moral Distress”

That pit in your stomach means you need to talk to a team member or colleague about a patient’s care.

Moral distress occurs when you think you know the right thing to do, but you feel constrained from doing it.  It is an important contributor to burnout in healthcare.

Common causes of moral distress include:

  • Providing care not in a the patient’s best interest
  • Lack of consensus regarding treatment plan
  • Prolonging the dying process with aggressive treatment
  • Lack of continuity of care contributing to poor care

Communication is the key to reducing and relieving moral distress.

For more information contact Dr. Leslie Estep or Dr. Anita Meyer at Hospice of the Northwest, 360-814-5550, or  or

Other Provider Resources

Fast Facts
Palliative Doctors
Conversation Project
National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization
Vital Talks – Having the tough conversations

For more provider resources contact our office at (360) 814-5550

Provider of the Quarter

Each quarter we are honoring a provider or department for their commitment to Hospice of the Northwest and the care of the patients we serve.

This quarter we are honoring Kevin Bingham, RPh from Hilltop Pharmacy in Mount Vernon, WA

Thank you for your dedication!