If you live longer than six months, you can still get hospice care as long as you are still terminally ill. You can get hospice care for two 90-day periods followed by an unlimited number of 60-day periods. At the start of care, your hospice doctor (and your doctor if you have one) must certify that your life expectancy is six months or less.

You must have a face-to-face meeting with a hospice doctor or nurse practitioner if you reach your third benefit period. The third benefit period begins on day 180 of hospice. After that, you must continue to have face-to-face meetings with a hospice doctor or nurse practitioner before the start of each following 60-day benefit period. The meeting must take place no earlier than 30 days before the new benefit period to confirm you still qualify for hospice care.