A Note From Our Chief Medical Officer
As physicians, we are dedicated to maintaining the health and vitality of our patients. Yet, when all medical options have been explored, continuing care must focus on optimizing the quality of life and minimizing a patient’s discomfort. That’s where hospice care comes in.
As Medical Director of Hospice of Santa Cruz County, I have witnessed how our team of professionals can act as an extension of your practice, working with you to provide comprehensive palliative care, as well as spiritual and emotional support for your patient and family members.
Ask yourself – would you be surprised if your patient were alive in six months? If the answer is yes, then your patient might be eligible for hospice care.
Hospice care is provided in your patient’s home, a nursing home, or residential care facility. As attending physician, you are reimbursed for your services. And, because hospice is covered by Medicare and Medicaid and most private insurances, your patients do not pay any out-of-pocket fees for hospice care.
If you aren’t sure that your patient meets hospice criteria, I’d be happy to meet with you or join you in discussing hospice care with your patient. Unfortunately, many patients who can benefit from hospice are not referred early enough. The sooner a patient begins hospice care, the more positive an impact we can make on the quality of life for the entire family.
Karl Segnitz, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Telephone Referrals for Hospice
To refer by phone, please contact the Hospice of Santa Cruz County Admissions Department at (831) 430-3000.
Please provide the following information:
- Patient’s name, Patient’s phone number, Primary contact’s name and phone number, Doctor’s name
- Diagnosis: current and other significant medical data
- Estimated prognosis of six months or less
To discuss eligibility, please call our Admissions Department at (831) 430-3000.
To refer by fax, please download our Fax Referral Form & send to (831) 430-9271.
Allscripts Care Management Referral
If you are an allscripts care management subscriber, you may refer through their portal here.