Your Role on the Hospice Team

As the Referring or Attending Physician, you will be an integral part of your patient’s care team and of Homestead Hospice's interdisciplinary team. You will have the most significant role in the determination and delivery of the patient’s medical hospice care

The Referring/Attending Physician

Research has shown that hospice can be a way of offering more support and improved care to patients during the terminal phase of an illness. When the Physician refers a terminally ill patient to Homestead Hospice, they can continue to retain control of their plan of care if desired. The Physician will be contracted to bill for the services provided related to the patient’s terminal diagnosis.

The Homestead Difference

  • Specific cancer care program: Homestead’s Care Beyond Cancer©
  • Palliative Care for the patient who is still under curable treatment or seeking comfort care
  • Symptom Management Pathway for Crisis© to prevent unnecessary trips to the emergency department.
  • Proactive social services to support the patient’s physical, spiritual and psychosocial needs
  • Anticipatory Social Determinates Assessment©
  • Exclusive bereavement and grief-support programs
  • 24/7 hospice telecare 
  • Unique volunteer services and opportunities with more than 700 volunteers company-wide

Referral Process

Once a referral is received by Homestead, a hospice Nurse will meet the patient within 24-hours for an assessment to determine hospice eligibility. Upon hospice admission, the patient is provided a multitude of resources and support, with immediate communication for care planning and scheduling. The Attending Physician can choose to remain as the patient’s primary physician and can work with the Homestead team to review care plans and discuss conditions and prognosis. 

As the Referring or Attending Physician, you are in a unique position to provide end-of-life care, which includes recognizing the need for and recommending hospice care when appropriate. 

With your referral, we can get started!

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