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 (linked 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.
Palliative Pearls is a brief, monthly email to share useful clinical ideas for the management of patients with advanced or complex illnesses. Topics include palliation of symptoms, prognostication, hospice eligibility guidelines, and communication techniques in serious illness.
For more provider resources contact our office at (360) 814-5550.