University HealthCare Alliance

August 15, 2019

UHA Coding Corner | Hospice Modifiers

Patients are enrolled in hospice if they are expected to pass away within the next 6 months. All care is expected to be given by the hospice care facility and may or may not be related to the patient’s terminal illness.

When a patient in hospice is treated by a physician who is not paid by the hospice or for a condition unrelated to the patient’s terminal condition, a modifier is required to indicate that a separate payment should be allowed.

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