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Is (s)he hospice?

You don't really need to consult a palliative medicine physician to determine if a patient qualifies for hospice. In broad brush strokes: If you and the specialists involved with patient's care expect the patient to die within 6 months, then they qualify for out-patient hospice services.  If the patient is expected to die within 5 days, then they qualify for in-patient hospice.  A palliative medicine consult is always appropriate for symptom management but not required for hospice referral.
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