Which late-stage Alzheimer's patients should be referred for hospice care?

Modi, Seema; Moore, Cassandra
November 2005
Journal of Family Practice;Nov2005, Vol. 54 Issue 11, p984
Academic Journal
This article discusses the methods applied in determining patients with Alzheimer disease to be referred for hospice care in the U.S. Medicare beneficiaries must have an estimated life expectancy of less than 6 months to be eligible for hospice. Physicians should identify opportunities to introduce hospice as an option within the early care continuum of an Alzheimer's patient and in end-of-life discussions. A sensitive discussion about hospice care can ease the suffering and confusion of patient and family in making this difficult decision. Medicare adapted the National Hospice Organization guidelines to determine patients' eligibility for hospice care.


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