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Yes. If the hospice determines that the patient is no longer terminally ill with a prognosis of six months or less, the patient must be removed from care. Other reasons that a hospice may discharge a patient include: Death of the patient The patient refuses hospice care The patient moves or transfers out of the hospital’s service area or to another hospice Expulsion for Cause – According to hospice policy, the behavior of the patient or someone staying at his home is disruptive, offensive, or prevents the hospice from fulfilling its responsibilities to the patient. 1 Choosing hospice services can seem overwhelming, but patients and families must remember that hospice care is patient care. If, for whatever reason, a patient or family decides it is in their best interest to end hospice care, their hospice provider will support their decision and welcome them back if they choose to return.