When is it Time for Hospice Care

2021 Hospice Median Length of Stay 17 days - Patients are usually referred to Hospice very late. 

Most patients near the end of life live with uncontrolled pain and symptoms making frequent trips to the emergency room or physician diminishing their quality of life - there is a better way!

Understanding hospice criteria is the best way to help patients understand their healthcare options near the end of life. Below are guidelines to determining a hospice prognosis.


When in doubt, consult with your AHPCO Member Hospice Team for an evaluation or email [email protected]

Download Medicare and Medicaid Criteria


Download the Advance Care Planning Guide