CONFIDENCE IN YOUR CHOICE
Hospice Nurses of Georgia is owned and operated by a group of nurses that were unhappy with the end-of-life care that they saw being provided. Hospice cares for more than 1.56 million Americans, and their families/caregivers, every year, a number that continues to grow. Quality in all phases of care is a must, Hospice Nurses of Georgia will exceed your expectations.
What do patients want?
A Gallup poll reveals that close to nine in ten adults (88%) would prefer to die in their homes, free of pain, surrounded by family and loved ones: Hospice works to make this happen. National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization research shows that 94% of families who had a loved one cared for by hospice rated the care as very good to excellent.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has indicated that expanding the reach of hospice care holds enormous potential benefits for those nearing the end of life, whether they are in nursing homes, their own homes, assisted living facilities or in hospitals. National Hospice Foundation research shows that the top four services Americans feel are most important for a loved one who has less than six months to live are:
- Someone to be sure that the patient's wishes are honored;
- Choice among the types of services the patient can receive;
- Pain control tailored to the patient's wishes; and
- Emotional support for the patient and family.
Hospice works to honor the wishes of those individuals with terminal illness who prefer to die in their own homes and on their own terms. *Statistics from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (www.nhpco.org)
How to Transition Home Health Patients to Hospice
Physician refers to home health agency with order to contact Hospice Nurses of Georgia for Palliative Care Consultation.
Hospice Nurses of Georgia will educate patient and family on support options offered.
Hospice Nurses of Georgia will cooperate with the patient's home health agency to ensure a smooth transition into hospice.
Board Certified Hospice and Palliative Care physicians are available for consultation 24/7.
Physician Update on Medicare/Medicaid Hospice
From the Department of Health and Human Services Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS):
The Medicare program recognizes that terminal illnesses do not have predictable courses; therefore, the benefit is available for extended periods of time beyond six (6) months provided that proper certification is made at the start of each coverage period. Physicians, hospitals, and skilled nursing facilities are urged to recommend hospice care to beneficiaries whom they determine may benefit from it. The certification of terminal illness of an individual who elects hospice shall be based on the physician's clinical judgment regarding the normal course of the individual?s illness.
Referenced from: Quality of Life Matters, End-of-Life Care News and Clinical Findings for Physicians. Vol. 6, Issue 4, Feb/Mar/Apr 2005.
Physician Continuity of Care
Hospice re-evaluates each patient every 60 to 90 days to determine continued eligibility for the hospice benefit.
Who Pays for the Hospice Services?
Medicare Part A
Hospice is paid 100% by Medicare Part A, there is little or no out of pocket cost for the hospice related diagnosis. Hospice Nurses of Georgia Medical Directors are available 24/7, many of which are Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine Evening shift nurses are available to see patients and handle the crisis in person.
Weekend Support = Less Crisis
The Hospice Nurses of Georgia Weekend Team (nurses, social workers, chaplains) are available to perform admits, provide evening visits, and alleviate fears Hospice Nurses of Georgia Board Certified Hospice and Palliative Care physicians are available on weekends. The full medical support provided by Hospice Nurses of Georgia reduces readmits to hospital.
Robust Continuous Care Staffing/Availability
When a patient or family is in a crisis situation, Hospice Nurses of Georgia is equipped to place caregivers at bedside, around the clock. Ongoing education and support by nurses, social workers, and chaplains which helps to alleviate fears.
"What does hospice require from me if I make a referral?"
Physician order to admit to hospice
History and physical
Signed certification of terminal illness which states a probable prognosis of 6 months or less if disease follows its natural course (may remain in hospice >6 months if patient continues to decline)
"How do I identify a potential hospice patient?"
- Terminal diagnosis with probable prognosis of 6 months or less
- Frequent hospitalizations or emergency room visits
- Recurrent infections in last 6 months
- Weight loss of 10% or more in last 6 months
- Patient refuses hospitalization, aggressive treatment, or PEG tube placement
- Home health patient in declining status