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Referral Information For Healthcare Professionals

Whether the diagnosis is cancer, heart failure, end state lung disease, dementia, or any terminal illness, Hospice of Cincinnati has the experience and resources to partner with you in a way that provides the best possible care plan for your patient or resident.

If you are considering a referral to Hospice of Cincinnati, please know that we value and appreciate your trust, confidence and partnership. Our goal is to partner with you in a way that provides the very best care and outcome for your patient, resident or client.

Who Qualifies
• Terminal diagnosis with life expectancy of 6 months
• Multiple diagnosis including CA, COPD, sepsis, ESHD, ESRD, Alzheimer’s
• Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurances
Little if any out-of-pocket cost for patient/family

What We Offer
• Specialists in pain and symptom management
• Specific disease management pathways: end stage heart, lung and dementia
• All meds related to diagnosis delivered to the patient’s home
• All DME related to diagnosis
• 24/7 Telephonic or in-home nursing care

Why We’re Different
4 In-Patient Care Centers
Holistic Services such as pet, massage, art and music therapies
The Goldstein Family Grief Center
• Not-For-Profit hospices have 14% higher RN visits than FPs
Fernside—A Center for Grieving Children

Goals of Care Conversations: When is it time to discuss Hospice Care?
The "Surprise Question" physicians should ask: "Would I be surprised if this person died in the next 12 months?" If the answer is "No," then it is time to begin the hospice conversation.

TO MAKE A REFERRAL TO HOSPICE OF HAMILTON OR TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE REFERRAL AND ADMISSIONS PROCESS, PLEASE CALL 513-792-6900. Someone from our experienced staff of compassionate professionals would be more than happy to assist you and answer any questions you may have.

Additionally, we have provided some general guidelines for admission below in order to answer your preliminary questions and facilitate the process. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

IF YOUR PATIENT, RESIDENT OR CLIENT IS NOT A CANCER PATIENT....... the general guidelines for admission to Hospice of Hamilton are as follows (for Non-cancer Diagnosis):

  1. The patient has a life-limiting condition (ask yourself: “would I be surprised if this person died in the next 6 months?”)
  2. Patient / family has been informed that condition is life-limiting
  3. Patient / family elect palliation of symptoms vs. futile, aggressive medical care
  4. There is documentation of the clinical progression of the disease (i.e. serial physician assessment, lab studies, multiple ER visits, in-patient hospitalizations, home health nursing assessments, etc.)
  5. There is or has been a recent decline in functional status
  6. Nutrition status has been impaired as evidenced by unintentional, progressive weight loss of 10% over past 6 months and/or serum albumin less than 2.5 gm/dl

IF YOUR PATIENT, RESIDENT OR CLIENT HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER....... the general guidelines for admission to Hospice of Hamilton are as follows:

  1. The patient has a life-limiting condition (ask yourself: “would I be surprised if this person died in the next 6 months?”)
  2. Patient / family has been informed that condition is life-limiting Additionally, referrals to Hospice of Hamilton for cancer diagnosis should occur when the decision has been made to stop aggressive treatment.