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Printed Date: 9/22/2015
The hospice benefit is for individuals who are considered to be terminally ill if the medical prognosis is that the individual’s life expectancy is six months or less if the illness runs its normal course. There are certain situations that the beneficiary may be discharged while still alive. An individual, upon discharge from the hospice during a particular election period for reasons other than immediate transfer to another hospice is no longer covered under the Medicare Hospice Benefit (MHB). An individual may resume the MHB if he or she is again eligible to receive the benefit.
Reasons for Live Hospice Discharge
The table below summarizes how hospice discharges would be coded on claims:
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Last Updated: 10/19/2020