NHPCO’s Regulatory Committee closely monitors federal activity around hospice and palliative care issues, reviews proposed regulations and provides appropriate comments, and analyzes and interprets regulations put into effect by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Food and Drug Administration and other federal agencies.
The Regulatory Committee reviews reports and publications from the Office of Inspector General the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, the Department of Justice, and Medicare Administrative Contractors, and communicates with providers about program integrity and compliance issues from these agencies.
The Committee works to predict the impact of these regulations, provide the hospice community with resources for implementation, and provide the necessary education for hospice providers to achieve and maintain compliance with all relevant regulations.
Evaluating and reporting on CMS interpretations of federal regulations.
Reviewing and investigating Medicare Administrative Contractors issues for hospice and palliative care, and advocating for change.
Preparing comment letters to federal agencies stating NHPCO’s position on proposed regulations.
Identifying educational needs related to federal regulations, compliance and billing issues.
Preparing resources to assist hospice providers in maintaining compliance with existing and new regulatory requirements.
Committee members should have a history of significant involvement with hospice regulatory issues and a working knowledge of existing regulations, as well as the impact of compliance on hospice and palliative care providers.
Meetings and Conference Calls
Committee members are expected to actively participate 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 for a one and one half day annual planning session in January (jointly with the NHPCO Quality and Standards Committee and the NHPCO Legislative Affairs Committee), and at NHPCO’s leadership 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
Participate in work groups and task forces on specific topics, including the development of resource materials for hospice providers.
Meet deadlines agreed upon by the committee. Committee work often includes drafting materials for monographs; compliance guides 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.
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.
Contact: NHPCO’s Regulatory Team, 703-837-3124
Full Council member expectations can be found in the Guidelines for Committees and Councils