Hospice Eligibility

Hospice of Broward County is dedicated to providing hospice care to everyone who is eligible for hospice services, regardless of their ability to pay.

Coverage of hospice care depends on a physician’s certification of an individual’s prognosis of a life expectancy of six (6) months or less if the terminal illness runs its normal course. It is the physician’s clinical judgment regarding the normal course of the individual’s illness that determines a prognosis of six (6) months or less.

If a patient meets the medical criteria, they are by definition eligible to receive hospice services. Some patients may not meet the criteria, but may be still be eligible for hospice care because of other co-morbidities or rapid functional decline. 

Duration of Hospice Care Coverage

All Hospice of Broward County patients are monitored to ensure that they continue to meet criteria. Utilization Review meetings are held to make sure that patients continue to meet approved guidelines.

  • An initial 90-day period
  • A second 90-day period
  • An unlimited number of subsequent 60-day periods

Download the
Quick Reference Guide for
Determining Hospice Eligibility

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This Quick Reference Guide is designed to assist physicians in determining hospice eligibility. Hospice of Broward County follows these guidelines for Medicare and other patients. The guide provides several evaluation tools.

  • Karnofsky Performance Status Scale (relates to patients with cancer)
  • Palliative Performance Scale (PPS)
  • Adult Failure to Thrive (AFTT)
  • End Stage Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Related Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Cardio Pulmonary Diseases
  • HIV Disease
  • Liver Disease
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Renal Disease
  • Stroke and Coma
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson Disease