Hospice Abbreviations & Acronyms

Hospice abbreviations and acronyms are essential for understanding how hospice care works. The following list provides key words and phrases used in the field of hospice:

ACF: Acute Care Facility (traditional hospital)

ADL: Activities of Daily Living

BC: Bereavement Coordinator

Bereavement Services: These are services designed to provide emotional and psychological support to the patient’s family and friends after the patient has died.

BMI: Body Mass Index

CC: Continuous Care/Crisis Care

CMS: Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services

CNA: Certified Nursing Assistant. A CNA is a professional who assists with patient care in a number of ways, including taking vital signs, providing bedside care and helping with meals.

CTI: Certification of Terminal Illness

DME: Durable Medical Equipment

DNR: Do Not Resuscitate. This is a directive that indicates that patient does not want to be revived if their heart or breathing stops.

EOB: Election of Benefits

EOL: End of Life. This is the time when a patient’s death is imminent and they enter into their final phase of life.

F2F: Face to Face

FAST: Functional Assessment Staging Tool (for Dementia)

GIP: General Inpatient Care. This is a level of hospice care for patients who require a higher level of medically intensive care due to symptoms that cannot be managed in other settings.

HMD: Hospice Medical Director

Hospice Nurse: A hospice nurse specializes in end-of-life nursing care for terminally ill patients and their families.

IDG/IDT: Interdisciplinary Group/Team. An interdisciplinary team is made up of professionals from different disciplines who work together to provide comprehensive care for the patient. The team includes physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains and other hospice staff.

IV: Intravenous. This refers to medications or fluids that are administered directly into the bloodstream through a vein in the arm or hand.

KPS: Karnofsky Performance Scale

LCD: Local Coverage Determination

LOC: Level of Care

LTAC: Long-term Acute Care Facility

MAC: Mid Arm Circumference

MSW: Medical Social Worker (Masters Level SW)

NP: Nurse Practitioner

OT: Occupational Therapy

Palliative Care: Palliative care focuses on symptom relief and comfort to improve quality of life for a person who has an advanced, incurable or terminal illness.

PBM: Pharmacy Benefit Manager

PCP: Primary Care Physician. A primary care physician manages a patient’s overall health and refers them to specialists as needed.

POA: Power of Attorney. This legal document allows an individual to designate another person (the agent) to manage their financial affairs if they become incapacitated or unable to do so.

POC: Plan of Care

PPS: Palliative Performance Scale

PT: Physical therapy

QA: Quality Assurance

QAPI: Quality Assurance Performance Improvement

Respite Care: This is short-term inpatient care that provides relief to the patient’s primary caregivers.

Routine Home Care (RHC): This is the most common type of hospice care provided and includes services such as hospice nurse visits, social worker visits, home health aides and other support services.

SC: Spiritual Counselor/Chaplain

SN: Skilled Nursing

SNF: Skilled Nursing Facility

SOC: Start of Care

ST: Speech Therapy

SW: Social Worker. A social worker provides support to the patient and their family in terms of emotional, psychological and practical issues related to end-of-life care.

VC: Volunteer Coordinator

VOL: Volunteer

By understanding these common hospice abbreviations and acronyms, it will be easier to have conversations with your healthcare provider about the different levels of hospice care available and the best option for your particular situation. It can also help you better understand what services will be provided during the course of your loved one’s treatment.