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Clinical Findings for Physicians
“Hospice Matters for Physicians” is a complimentary publication provided by St. Joseph Hospice that offers the latest clinical findings and news related to serious illness and palliative care. Ask your St. Joseph Hospice Patient Care Representative for a current full-color print edition or download here.
According to a recent Gallup poll, nine out of 10 adults would prefer to die in their own homes, free of pain, surrounded by family and loved ones. If your patients meet hospice criteria and fall into this category, at-home hospice care might be the right option.
Hospice Eligibility & Referrals
St. Joseph Hospice is committed to being a valuable and reliable source of information to our partners in the healthcare industry. We created this guide to help healthcare professionals identify and communicate with patients who meet hospice eligibility criteria. This guide provides general and diagnosis-specific criteria used to determine a patient’s eligibility for hospice care, along with useful information to help you discuss hospice care with your patient.
Click to view and download: Hospice Eligibility Healthcare Provider Guide
To refer a patient to hospice care, a physician must submit an order of admittance to St. Joseph Hospice along with the patient's medical history and latest physical records so we can verify eligibility. To begin the hospice admission process, the physician must also submit a signed certification of terminal illness stating a probable prognosis of six months or less, assuming the disease follows its natural course.
Call or fax referrals to the nearest St. Joseph Hospice location.
Transition from Home Health to Hospice Care
If your home health patient meets hospice eligibility and you're looking to transition the patient to hospice, you'll need to order the home health agency to contact St. Joseph Hospice for a palliative-care consultation. Our Board-Certified hospice and palliative care physicians are available 24/7, with nurses available to handle crises around the clock. If the patient opts for hospice, we will work with the individual to ensure a smooth transition.
We must re-evaluate hospice eligibility for each patient every 60 to 90 days to determine if he or she continues to meet hospice criteria for care. A face-to-face evaluation is required for all patients entering their third (or subsequent) certification period. St. Joseph Hospice will provide staff for these evaluations.
Under Medicare Part A, hospice is paid at 100% of the allowable fee schedule, and St. Joseph Hospice will pay physicians per contractual agreements. St. Joseph Hospice is also required to obtain a physical billing number from Medicare.
Attending physicians not employed by hospice for hospice-related care will need to bill with Medicare Part B, using CPT and ICD codes. They'll also need to use HCPC modifier code GV and GW to indicate that they're not employed by hospice and not related to terminal DX. For care not related to the hospice diagnosis, use the 07 code. These codes also allow outside physicians to be reimbursed for seeing a patient while the patient is in hospice. Under Medicare Part B, hospice is paid at 80% of the allowable fee schedule. Call your local SJH Executive Director with any additional questions. They should be able to research your question and provide an accurate answer.
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Home Health Referrals
Home Health referrals can be submitted by phone or fax to your nearest STAT Home Health or via Provider Link.
Provider Link is a secure on-line portal via HomecareTM Connections that allows physicians to submit referrals and orders, and access real-time information about the referred patients 24/7. As a Physician enrolled with STAT Home Health’s Provider Link portal, you can:
- Approve or decline orders from their computer with their secure electronic signature.
- Request alerts to changes in a patient’s condition on a patient-by-patient or visit-by-visit basis.
- Compose and electronically sign home health face-to-face narratives.
- Track activity and the corresponding billing code number via the Homecare HomebaseSM system.
Provider Link Enrollment: A local Patient Care Representative is available to help you enroll in Provider Link. Download and fax the enrollment form to your local STAT Home Health office to get started today. Download Provider Link MD Enrollment Form
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