Oregon Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division

Rule Rule 333-035-0050

As used in OAR chapter 333, division 35, the following definitions apply:


“Accreditation” means a designation by an accrediting organization that a hospice program has met standards that have been developed to indicate a quality program.


“Administrator” means a person responsible for the administrative functions and operation of the hospice program.


“CMS” means Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.


“Certification” means a state agency’s official recommendations and findings to CMS regarding a hospice program’s compliance with federal CMS regulations.


“Conditions of Participation” mean the applicable federal regulations that hospice programs are required to comply with in order to participate in the federal Medicare and Medicaid programs.


“Division” means the Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division.


“Hospice aide” has the same meaning as nurse’s aide.


“Hospice program” means a coordinated program of home and inpatient care, available 24 hours a day, that utilizes an interdisciplinary team of personnel trained to provide palliative and supportive services to a patient-family unit experiencing a life threatening disease with a limited medical prognosis. A hospice program is an institution for purposes of ORS 146.100 (Where death considered to have occurred).


“Hospice services” means items and services provided to a patient-family unit by a hospice program or by other individuals or community agencies under a consulting or contractual arrangement with a hospice program. Hospice services include home care, inpatient care for acute pain and symptom management or respite, and bereavement services provided to meet the physical, psychosocial, emotional, spiritual and other special needs of a patient-family unit during the final stages of illness, dying and the bereavement period.


“Interdisciplinary team” means a group of individuals working together in a coordinated manner to provide hospice care. An interdisciplinary team includes, but is not limited to, the patient-family unit, the patient’s attending physician or clinician and one or more of the following hospice program personnel:




Nurse practitioner;




Nurse’s aide;


Occupational therapist;


Physical therapist;


Trained lay volunteer;


Clergy or spiritual counselor; or


Credentialed mental health professional such as psychiatrist, psychologist, psychiatric nurse or social worker.


“Medicare Certification Number” means the unique identification number, also referred to as the Medicare Provider Number, assigned to a qualifying hospice program by CMS.


“Nurse’s Aide” means a person certified as a nursing assistant under ORS 678.442 (Certification of nursing assistants) who has received special hospice training in accordance with CMS Conditions of Participation.


“Patient-family unit” includes an individual who has a life threatening disease with a limited prognosis and all others sharing housing, common ancestry or a common personal commitment with the individual.


“Person” includes individuals, organizations and groups of organizations.


“Survey” means an inspection of an applicant for a hospice program license or a hospice program to determine the extent to which the applicant or hospice program is in compliance with state hospice program statutes, these rules and CMS Conditions of Participation.

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Jun. 8, 2021