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In NY can patients qualify for hospice once they have started the VSED process?

We are not able to generalize a response as it so depends upon the hospice’s policies and the nature of the patient’s illness…if they are terminally ill – no question about hospice support for VSED. Persons always need a physician’s referral for hospice, and because it’s generally a government provided & paid for service (through Medicare). There are therefore enrollment requirements. IF a patient begins to VSED before hospice, the family can then call the primary care MD & ask for a referral given that their loved one has just given up, stopped fighting, & they need help caring for him/her. – Judy

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