Hospice Admissions Criteria

Hospice Admissions Criteria

“We were stunned by the amazing people who came to care for our loved one. Truly, you answer to a higher calling than the rest of us.”

- A patient’s son

The oldest and most experienced hospice in the region, Hospice of the Piedmont has delivered compassionate pain control and symptom management to tens of thousands of terminally ill patients since 1980.

May we work with you to provide exceptional end-of-life care to your patients, and grief support to their loved ones in our comprehensive grief program?

Admissions Criteria

  • Prognosis of six months or less
  • Desire for palliative rather than curative care
  • Residency in our 12-county service area: Albemarle, Augusta, Buckingham, Culpeper, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, Rappahannock
  • Can have an attending physician, or our medical team will help those patients who do not


We accept all patients, regardless of ability to pay. Since we are Medicare- and Medicaid-certified, we receive reimbursement from these programs as well as from private insurance companies.

Patients using the Medicare/Medicaid Hospice benefit have all needs relative to the terminal illness covered with no deductibles and co-payment, including medications, oxygen, hospital bed, and any other needed home medical equipment or supplies. Attending physician visits continue to be reimbursed by the insurance plan or private pay.

Patients who do not qualify for Medicare or Medicaid and have no private insurance coverage may be eligible for hospice care at reduced or no charge. We will work to ensure other related needs are met as well.


Patients, family members, friends, and healthcare professionals may request or refer to hospice. A patient may even self-refer to Hospice of the Piedmont. Patients can have an attending physician, or the HOP medical team will help patients who do not. Each case is assessed on an individual basis to determine the appropriateness for admission.

Although hospice criteria allow for patients to be admitted with a six-month prognosis, unfortunately most patients are referred in the last weeks of their lives. At Hospice of the Piedmont, we are dedicated to getting patients who need us into hospice care sooner, so they can be made comfortable with our compassionate pain control and symptom management, and enjoy as much meaningful time with loved ones as possible. Click here to refer yourself or someone you love online.

Not in our service area? Contact the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization or call 703-837-1500 to find hospices in your community.

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Want an experienced, dedicated partner in the care of your patients at the end of life?
Contact Hospice of the Piedmont now: 1-800-975-5501, 434-817-6900, or info@hopva.org.