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Admission Criteria

Prognosis of six months or less

Desire for palliative rather than curative care

Residency in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte or DeSoto Counties

Attending physician

Hospice of Southwest Florida services are available to everyone regardless of ability to pay. Medicare/Medicaid certified, Hospice of Southwest Florida receives reimbursement from this source, as well as from private insurance companies.

Patients on Hospice Medicare/Medicaid have all needs relative to the primary illness covered with no deductibles or co-payment. That includes medications, oxygen, hospital bed or any other needed home medical equipment or supplies. The attending physician continues to bill as usual.

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Patients who do not qualify for Medicare or Medicaid and have no private insurance coverage are eligible for hospice care at no charge, and Hospice will implement all available means to meet other related needs

Ask for Medical RecordsReferrals

Family members, friends, healthcare professionals or patients may request Hospice services. Although all patients must have an attending physician for admission to the program, the initial referral can come directly from someone close to the patient.

Each case is assessed on an individual basis to determine the appropriateness for admission to this palliative care program.

Although hospice criteria allows for patients to be admitted with a six-month prognosis, too often patients are referred in the last weeks of their lives. The earlier a patient is admitted to the program, the greater the benefit to the patient and family.

Call and ask for Medical Records

Hospice of Southwest Florida admits patients without regard to age, race, creed, color, sex, handicap, national origin or ability to pay.

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