A 79-year-old male patient has metastatic cancer. Which of the following excludes the patient from qualifying for hospice?


•The patient's choice to continue any treatment which is aimed at extending the length of his life excludes him from hospice.

•Hospice is end of life care provided to a patient when the decision has been made that no further life-saving actions will be taken and when the provider has estimated that the patient has fewer than 6 months to live.

•Palliative care is provided in hospice, including pain medication, supplemental oxygen, and other medications to keep the patient comfortable, but no treatment intended to extend life.

•It is not required that the patient complete a will or inform his family about the reasons for hospice care.

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