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Admissions Process

Patients are referred to hospice in many ways. The majority of referrals are made by the patient's physician and/or other health care professionals who want to provide their patients with quality end-of-life care. Most primary care physicians continue to work with their patients and hospice team members to ensure that their patient receives the best possible care.

Within 24 hours of taking the referral, the patient's family is contacted by a hospice registered nurse and/or social worker to schedule an admit evaluation. This is a time for the family to learn about hospice, what it can offer and if hospice is an appropriate program for the patient at this time.

To be eligible for our services, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Patient is referred to Hospice by family, self or caregiver with physician agreement.
  • Patient resides in the designated service area
  • Patient has a primary caregiver (someone other than Hospice staff)
  • Patient has life expectancy of six months or less, if the disease runs its usual course
  • Patient is no longer pursuing aggressive or curative treatments

Hospice care is not limited to people with cancer. Many different diagnoses are appropriate, including, but not limited to, AIDS, Alzheimer and related dementias, ALS or Lou Gerhig's disease, cardiac disease, congenital anomalies, lung disease (COPD), end-stage diabetes, inanition or failure to thrive, liver disease, MS, muscular dystrophy, Parkinson's disease, and renal disease.

Insurance/Payment for Hospice Care

  • Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance are billed directly
  • Payments from individuals for services rendered are based on the ability to pay.
  • Contributions and memorials are appreciated and allow MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospice  to provide care to patients of all ages, diagnoses, or ability to pay.
Forms and Information
Medicare Hospice Benefit
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization