Debility Unspecified & Failure to Thrive: Common Hospice Diagnoses

Author: Linh Nguyen, MD

Overview

Debility Unspecified and Failure to Thrive diagnoses allow more patients to appropriately receive hospice benefits.

While not always evident initially, upon further review the patient may have multiple risk factors which, when grouped together, meet hospice criteria.

Multiple risk factors may include sudden or progressive decline in:

Diagnostic studies or treatment may have been offered but declined, or not feasible.

Common objective hospice tools may be utilized to show a decline in: 

Multiple borderline factors justify hospice admission.

 

Assessment

General hospice guidelines

See disease-specific guidelines for other hospice diagnoses

 

Diagnosis of Failure to Thrive and Debility Unspecified

 

Key Points

 

References

VITAS. (2013). VITAS Hospice Eligibility Reference Guide [Mobile application software]. Retrieved from http://itunes.apple.com

http://evercarehospice.com/files/7113/7538/1730/HospiceMemo-DebilityAFTT.pdf