Considered to be the model for quality, compassionate care for people facing a serious or life-limiting illness or injury, hospice care involves a team-oriented approach to expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient’s needs and wishes. Support is provided to the patient’s loved ones as well.

At the center of hospice and palliative care is the belief that each of us has the right to die pain-free and with dignity, and that our families will receive the necessary support to allow us to do so.

Download Choosing a Quality Hospice Worksheet for those looking for guidance in selecting a hospice.

If you need information on regulatory, compliance or quality issues for providers – visit the Regulatory section.

In This Section
History of Hospice

A timeline of the creation and evolution of hospice care.

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Hospice Facts & Figures

Provides statistics and data on the provision of hospice care and access in the US.

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Hospice FAQs

NHPCO offers answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.

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Hospice Standards of Practice

Updated in 2018, NHPCO’s Standards of Practice for Hospice Programs is available for download.

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Medicare Hospice Benefit

Established in 1983 to provide Medicare beneficiaries with access to high-quality end-of-life care.

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Models and Demos

NHPCO offers information to members about the various models and demonstration projects that are being explored and are relevant for our members.

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