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 Pearl –The Do-It-Yourself Palliative Care Consult – Part 1

Many patients in your practice may be interested in a palliative approach to care.

Patients living with serious or life-threatening illness may be more interested in quality of life than quantity of life.

They need our help to match care to their goals. This may include fewer medicines, fewer interventions, fewer medical appointments and more comfort medication.

A Mini Palliative Care Consult for your practice:

“I’d like to take a moment to talk about something important.  Sometimes a patient gets sick suddenly and I can’t talk to them. I know this is hard to think about, but it will help me take better care of you.”

  1. If your illness got very serious and might take your life, what would be most important for me to know about your wishes?
  1. If you were too sick to speak for yourself, who should help us make decisions?
  1. When you think about your future health, what do you worry about?

“I appreciate your willingness to talk about this.  I have more insight into your values now.”

Some patients need help weighing the pros and cons of various treatments and others need to know what you would recommend. Knowing what is important to patients helps you translate their goals into treatment that makes sense.


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


All Palliative Pearls and other resources can be found under the provider tab at

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!