NHPCO Webinar: Hot Topics in Regulatory and Quality


This year of activity on the regulatory and quality fronts includes possibilities for future rulemaking in clinical documentation for patients referred to hospice and possible additional quality measures for hospice providers. In addition, this year marks a chance for hospice providers to submit a list of regulations that increase regulatory burden for consideration by the Administration and by CMS.  Join this Webinar for an in-depth discussion on the Final Hospice Wage Index Rule for FY 2018. Faculty will elaborate on the final rule’s referral documentation process, proposed new quality measures, Hospice Compare and the HEART assessment tool. In addition, you will hear about the latest updates from CMS and learn how the HQRP requirements for 2018 affect you. This Webinar features NHPCO’s staff experts who will provide you with the most accurate information and answer your burning questions.

Webinar Objectives

At the completion of this Webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the FY2018 payment increase, rates and cap increase
  • Discuss data analysis for hospice payment reform – what does CMS see?
  • List the issues with referral source documentation and how CMS finalized this concern
  • Identify some of the regulatory and compliance issues ahead from CMS

August 22, 2017
2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

CE/CME Information

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Jennifer Kennedy, MA, BSN, RN, CHC

Jennifer is the Senior Director of Regulatory and Quality for the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization and has been with the organization since 2006. She has 30 years of experience as a leader and nurse in diverse healthcare settings and has worked in hospice and palliative care for the last 18 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in nursing, a dual master’s degree in health education and case management, and will complete her doctoral degree in health care education and policy in 2017. Jennifer is a certified compliance professional and legal nurse consultant. She speaks at national and state conferences, writes articles for trade journals, contributes to health care publisher materials, develops education and resources for hospice and palliative care providers, and serves on the ANA’s national palliative nursing task group.

Judi Lund Person, MPH, CHC

Judi Lund Person has been the Vice President, Regulatory and Compliance for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization since July 2002. Prior to joining the team at NHPCO, she served for 22 years as the President and CEO of The Carolinas Center for Hospice and End of Life Care. A recognized national leader in the field of hospice and end-of-life care, Lund Person works with hospice providers on regulatory and compliance issues, audits, and fraud and abuse in hospice. Lund Person spearheaded the creation and launch of NHPCO’s Quality Partners, a national initiative designed to build organizational excellence and improve hospice and palliative care delivery and outcomes. Lund Person lends her regulatory expertise as a key contact with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Food and Drug Administration, Drug Enforcement Administration, and many other federal agencies. She also represents hospice and palliative care with many national organizations, including the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care. She graduated with honors with a BA degree in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Masters degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also a certified compliance professional (CHC).

Carol Spence, PhD

Carol Spence is Vice President of Quality and Research at NHPCO and is responsible for NHPCO performance measurement development and implementation activities in addition to all other NHPCO research activities. Carol has many years of experience as a hospice nurse. She served on the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses for six years and is past chair of the Examination Development Committee for the certification examination for advanced practice hospice and palliative nurses. Dr. Spence has experience in research design, and in developing, implementing and managing field research projects. She holds a doctoral degree from the University of Maryland School of Nursing and a Master of Science degree in mental health nursing.

Nurse: NHPCO is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

NHPCO designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 contact hours. Nurses should claim only the contact hours commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Accredited status by ANCC refers only to continuing nursing education and does not imply endorsement of any commercial product discussed in conjunction with this activity.

Physician: The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

NHPCO designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Certificate of Participation for Non-physician Healthcare Professionals: For participants* whose disciplines are other than counselor, nurse and physician, you may request a Certificate of Participation for Non-physician Healthcare Professionals to submit to your accrediting bodies/licensing boards for continuing education credit. This certificate will indicate the Webinar was certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. It is the responsibility of participants to submit the certificates to their accrediting bodies/licensing boards for approval. Unfortunately, NHPCO cannot guarantee its acceptance. To receive this certificate, you must complete all CE/CME requirements and indicate your desire to receive this certificate on the evaluation form.

*including bereavement professionals, finance professionals, physician assistants, social workers, spiritual care givers, etc.

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