How to refer a patient

For patients who live in the Dutchess and Ulster County service area, please call 845-240-7555

Admission Criteria:

  • Any life limiting illness with a prognosis of 6 months or less, if the illness runs its normal course. If you would not be surprised if your patient died within the next 6 months, it may be time for hospice.
  • Curative treatments are no longer helpful and patient desires comfort and dignity.
  • Patient is agreeable to learning about hospice care.   Our professional staff will meet with your patient to determine their needs and will provide them with information on how hospice services can help.  

Did you know...after referring your patient, you can remain the attending physician.  Most patients prefer to keep their own physician while they are on hospice.   Our staff can explain your role, and how you will bill Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance for your services.   

AvantiScripts Formulary

When determining a patient’s plan of care, our team will utilize the medications on this list whenever possible. To coordinate prescriptions and care plans, other providers involved in the patient’s care need to be aware of what the Hudson Valley Hospice team will be using. Medications not on this formulary can be approved, but only after they are individually reviewed by Hudson Valley Hospice’s interdisciplinary team, including the Medical Director.  Please follow the link provided to download a full pdf version of the AvantiScripts Formulary

Our partners

Hudson Valley Hospice works closely with the following hospitals to provide a specialized, extra level of care and comfort for your patients:

Ellenville Regional Hospital
HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley
Northern Dutchess Hospital
MidHudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center
Vassar Brothers Medical Center

A patient may be admitted to hospice general inpatient care when other efforts to manage symptoms have not been effective. A patient who needs pain control or symptom management that cannot be provided in other settings may qualify for inpatient hospice care.

If a patient is not eligible for a hospice inpatient admission, he or she may be eligible for a home care admission upon discharge. Please call our admissions department prior to discharge so that we may assess the patient’s needs for a safe discharge. These needs may include durable medical equipment in the home, and prescription medications for the terminal illness.

Following discharge, Hudson Valley Hospice will help keep your patient safely at home, avoiding unnecessary hospital readmissions or trips to the emergency room, as well as fewer late night calls to physicians.

Top 5 Reasons to Choose Hospice

"Not only did the Hospice Staff help my dad, they were there for me and my family as well. They are the most compassionate and loving people I know."

- Patient's Daughter


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