A referral to Hospice is neither a sign of giving up, nor failure. The palliative care administered by Hospice professionals employs effective symptom and pain controlling drugs, supplemented by other therapies which together improve your patient’s quality of life during the time remaining. Hospice of Charles County will help prepare the patient and their family for a peaceful and dignified death. Patients who show signs of recovery may be discharged from Hospice care and returned to their primary care physician for follow-up.
Your referral doesn’t necessarily limit your involvement with your patient. We encourage you to continue following your patient, yet the patient will not have to schedule office visits and you won’t be expected to make house calls.
When you continue as the attending physician, the Hospice staff will:
- Serve as a liaison between you and the patient
- Follow your orders and monitor the patient’s progress during regularly scheduled visits
- Keep you up-to-date with routine reports which will help you meet your billing requirement
- Contact you as necessary to secure orders for prescriptions, supplies, equipment or treatment to meet the needs and wants of your patient
If it is not possible for you to follow the patient while under Hospice care, the Hospice of Charles County Medical Director will be responsible for managing the patient’s care plan on your behalf. Either way, you will be kept informed of your patient’s progress and condition.
Diseases that qualify for hospice care:
- Renal Failure
- Heart Disease
- Neurological Disease
- Congenital Abnormalities
- Other non-curable disease
Your Referral to Hospice
A brief call from you or a member of your staff will initiate the process. Hospice will contact the family, arrange a admission time, process all of the necessary paperwork to complete the admission, coordinate with you on medication, equipment orders, and verify insurance coverage, if indicated. Hospice care is provided regardless of insurance coverage or a person’s ability to pay.
For additional information, a tour of our Hospice House facility, or to refer a patient to Hospice care, please contact us today at 301-861-5333.