The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, shall
have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates
otherwise. Individual subchapters may have definitions which are specific
to the subchapter.
(1) Attending physician--A physician who:
(A) is a doctor of medicine or osteopathy; and
(B) is identified by the individual, at the time the
individual elects to receive hospice care, as having the most significant
role in the determination and delivery of the individual's medical
(2) Bereavement counseling--Counseling services provided
to the individual's family after the individual's death.
(3) Cap period--The 12-month period ending October
31 used in the application of the cap on overall hospice reimbursement
specified in §30.60 of this title (relating to Medicaid Hospice
Payments and Limitations).
(4) Curative care--Care designed to restore a person
(5) Employee--An employee (defined by the Social Security
Act, Section 210(j)) of the hospice or, if the hospice is a subdivision
of an agency or organization, an employee of the agency or organization
who is appropriately trained and assigned to the hospice unit. "Employee"
also refers to a volunteer under the jurisdiction of the hospice.
(6) Hospice--A public agency or private organization
or subdivision of either of these that is primarily engaged in providing
care to terminally ill individuals.
(7) ICF/IID--Intermediate care facility for individuals
with an intellectual disability or related conditions.
(9) Palliative care--Care designed to relieve or reduce
intensity of uncomfortable symptoms but not to produce a cure.
(10) Physician--As defined in 42 Code of Federal Regulations §410.20.
(11) Representative--An individual who has been authorized
under state law to terminate medical care or to elect or revoke the
election of hospice care on behalf of a terminally ill individual
who is mentally or physically incapacitated.
(12) Social worker--A person who has at least a bachelor's
degree from a school accredited or approved by the Council on Social
(13) Terminally ill--The individual has a medical prognosis
that his or her life expectancy is six months or less if the illness
runs its normal course.