Patients are eligible for hospice care when curative treatment is no longer available and comfort care would be more beneficial. The physician usually determines the patient has a limited life expectancy. There are Medicare guidelines that are followed in order to determine if the patient is eligible for hospice care, but they will not take the place of a physician’s clinical judgment.
The following is a list of common disease specific terminal illnesses:
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Cerebral Vascular Accident/Stroke or Coma
- Heart Disease/CHF
- HIV Disease
- Huntington’s disease
- Liver Disease
- Lung Disease/COPD
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Myasthenia Gravis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Renal Failure Chronic
Hospice care is covered under Medicare, most private insurance plans, HMO’s, and other managed care organizations.