Physician Information

Should Your Patient Be Referred to Hospice Care?

  • Does your patient have a life expectancy of six months or less?
  • Is your patient (and his/her family) willing to forego curative treatment and opt instead for comfort care? Limited amounts of radiation and chemotherapy can be considered palliative.
  • Are you (or another physician) willing to continue to care for the patient under hospice?
  • St. John Hospice service area is 50-mile radius. We will refer to another hospice if the patient is outside our area.
  • Patient does not need a DNR.
  • Patient does not need an Advance Directive.
  • Patient does not need a primary caregiver. If no caregiver is available, we will work with patient to develop appropriate living conditions.

Referral Guidelines

Access the guidelines for admission to inpatient hospice care here.

Referral Guidelines for Non-Cancer Diagnoses

Hospice Referral Guidelines for Non-Cancer Diagnoses
Non-Specific Terminal Illness (Debility Unspecified)
Neurological Disorders (Parkinson's, Huntington's Muscular Dystrophy, MS, Myasthenia Gravis)

Tools and Assessment Scales

Body Mass Index Table
Palliative Performance Scale
Karnofsky Functional Rating Scale
Braden Risk Assessment Scale
New York Heart Association Functional Classification
Functional Assessment Staging (FAST) Scale

Physicians may access the Home Health physician information guide for policies and procedures information.