Hospice admission is based on a 3-step process:
- The referring physician must determine that, in his or her judgment, during the normal course of the patient’s disease, the patient has a life expectancy of six months or less. If the patient meets this general criterion, the physician can order a hospice evaluation.
- A hospice-trained Admissions Nurse then evaluates the patient for eligibility for Hospice care.
- If specific admissions criteria are met, and the Admissions Nurse believes the patient is eligible for Hospice care, the patient’s case is then presented for approval by our full-time, Hospice and Palliative Medicine-board certified Medical Director.
Physicians should note that patients can receive hospice care for more than six months if they continue to meet Medicare’s eligibility criteria.
Referring from a Physician’s Practice
To refer a patient from a Physicians’ practice:
- Complete and sign an order form. You may use your own or download our form here. You can also fill out our online physician's referral form.
- Include a demographic face sheet, history and physical, any labs, medication list or other information relevant to the patient’s diagnosis.
- Fax the information to (912) 265-6100.
Referring Patients from a Hospital Setting
Please talk with your patient and/or their family about the benefits of receiving hospice care from Hospice of the Golden Isles.
- Specify in writing that you wish to consult with Hospice of the Golden Isles on your order.
- Engage the Discharge Planner in the facility, as the Planner will have our contact information and facilitate the rest of the process.