NHPCO’s Regulatory Committee closely monitors federal activity around hospice and palliative care issues, and analyzes and interprets regulations put into effect by CMS, OIG, MedPAC, the FDA and other federal agencies. Committee work aims to predict the impact of these regulations, inform the hospice community of implementation requirements, and provide the education necessary for hospice providers to achieve and maintain compliance with all relevant regulations.
- Evaluating and reporting on CMS interpretations of federal regulations.
- Monitoring meetings of hospice providers with the CMS Regional Offices.
- Reviewing and investigating FI issues for hospice and palliative care.
- Preparing comment letters to federal agencies stating NHPCO's position on proposed regulations.
- Identifying educational needs related to federal regulations, compliance and billing issues.
Committee members should have a history of significant involvement with hospice regulatory issues and a working knowledge of existing regulations and the impact of compliance on hospice and palliative care providers.
Staff Contact: Judi Lund Person 703/837-3122
Jennifer Kennedy 703/647-8515
Walter Swenson 703/837-3151
Expectations of Committee Service
Regulatory Committee Members should be prepared to spend 2.5 hours per month on committee work.
Committee members serve two-year terms.
Meetings and Conference Calls
Committee members are expected to participate actively in a majority of committee meetings and functions. Materials should be read prior to the next committee meeting. Committee members are asked to notify the staff liaison if they will not be available for a conference call or meeting.
The Regulatory Committee meets monthly by conference call for 60 - 90 minutes.
The committee meets in-person at NHPCO’s Management and Leadership Conference and Clinical Team Conference. Committee members are expected to attend these meetings.
NHPCO does not pay for travel-related expenses for committee members. It is the committee member’s responsibility to assume any related travel expenses.
General Committee Member Expectations
- Meet deadlines agreed upon by the committee. Committee work often includes drafting materials for monographs, surveys, position papers, articles, etc.
- Answer questions regarding committee work from NHPCO members. NHPCO staff will refer member questions regarding committee work to committee members.
- Present/participate in educational sessions and forums.
- Work with the NHPCO staff and committee chair to complete the committee's work plan. Each year committees agree to work on projects according to the priorities for the organization.
- Notify the Staff Liaison of changes in contact information.