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Clinical Hospice: Definition, Referral, and Reimbursement

The purpose of this educational activity is to enable the learner to have a foundational knowledge of services reimbursed through hospice.


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Learning Objectives

At the completion of this educational activity, the learner will be able to:

  1. State two (2) criteria for hospice eligibility.
  2. Select three (3) functions of the hospice interdisciplinary team.
  3. Identify two (2) types of hospice discharges.

Learning Outcome

At the completion of this educational activity, the learner will be able to demonstrate knowledge about hospice definition, referral, and reimbursement by passing a quiz with 85% or greater accuracy.


Debbie Flippin, RN, MBA

Debbie has over 40 years of nursing experience specializing in end of life care, and chronic diseases. She has developed and implemented disease management programs for patients with chronic and life limiting conditions. Debbie has attained advanced education in hospice, palliative and end of life care through ELNEC (End of Life Nursing Education Consortium) . Debbie has served in various positions within Home Health and Hospice, including case manager, team leader, Director of Professional Services, VP of Compliance and Regulation and Director of Accreditation. Debbie has worked in a variety of healthcare settings, including acute care, homecare and hospice offices, hospice inpatient unit, accreditation program and pediatric oncology. Debbie is currently a member of the NHPCO Education Committee. Debbie is committed to educating clinicians in chronic and end-of-life care and patient advocacy.

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Clinical Hospice: Definition, Referral, and Reimbursement


Hospice is a program designed to care for the dying and their special needs across a variety of settings. Many caregivers, individuals, and their family members have questions regarding what hospice is and is not and what is covered if an individual elects to receive hospice services. This educational activity will help healthcare providers gain an understanding of hospice so that they can help individuals and their family members to have a better understanding of the services received.

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