This program builds on the Hospice Quality Certificate Program and covers the basics of healthcare compliance, including developing a compliance program, compliance risk assessment, compliance policies and procedures, and anonymous reporting. The importance of the Stark law, the Yates memo, anti-kickback statutes, and inducements for referrals and incentives for marketing will also be addressed. It is critical to also look at hospice-specific topics to apply in your program, including conducting an internal audit, looking at organizational ethics related to compliance, and audit scrutiny. This course promises to be just what professionals in hospice compliance are looking for – hospice specific and applicable to the real world.

This certificate program is a companion to the Hospice Quality Certificate Program. Participants should have completed that certificate program before proceeding with this one. If you would like to retake the 7 modules which are duplicated in both courses, please contact to be transferred and pay for the full course.

This is a certificate based program and not a certification.

Learning Outcomes
      • Identify the 27 risk areas for hospices identified by the OIG, along with tools to evaluate a hospice’s compliance
      • List components and structure of an internal compliance audit, complete with topics and identified staff
      • Identify strategies for external auditors, including attorney-client privilege and how to prepare to respond
      • List risks for inducement for referrals and incentives for marketing
      • Identify strategies for attorney-client privilege and how to use it in investigations and audits
      1. Setting Up Your Hospice Compliance Program
        This module focuses on developing and implementing compliance policy and procedures, internal controls, and anonymous reporting with the help of a hospice compliance committee.
      1. Tracking Compliance Issues
        This module identifies what issues to track, which sources provide the best information, and how to develop a dashboard.
      1. Program Integrity
        This module will discuss the auditors, the most current issues in audits, and NHPCO’s Audit Tracker.
      1. Conducting an Internal Investigation
        This module will examine what might prompt an internal investigation, the options for counsel, the ins and outs of attorney-client privilege, and whether to engage clinical consultants.
      1. Understanding and Applying Hospice Fraud and Abuse Laws
        This module will provide background on the Stark Law, the Anti-Kickback Statute including marketing incentives, beneficiary inducements, false claims, and whistleblowers and Qui Tam.
      1. When Do I Need A Lawyer?
        This module will cover investigation and audit preparedness, OIG and DOJ reports and investigations,  Corporate Integrity Agreements, UPICs f/k/a ZPICs, and future legislative efforts.
Continuing Education

Disclosure: NHPCO, faculty, and planners have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose. 

Release Date: September 1, 2022
Expiration Date: December 31, 2025

CE/CME Credit

This course offers CE/CME credit for Compliance Officers, Nurses, Physicians, and a certificate of participation for Non-Physician Healthcare Professionals.

To receive CE/CME credit, each participant must complete each module in sequence; partial CE/CME credit is not available. Each participant must watch all module videos, review the references and resources provided, explore the discussion forums, score a minimum of 70% on the post-test (2 attempts), evaluate the overall course, and request CE/CME before the expiration of their registration.

CE/CME Statements

Compliance Officer: The Compliance Certification Board (CCB)® has approved this event for up to 7.5 Non- Live CCB CEUs each based on a 50-minute hour, each. Continuing Education Units are awarded based on individual attendance records. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by CCB of this event content or of the event sponsor.

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

NHPCO designates this enduring material for a maximum of 7.5 contact hours. Nurses should only claim the contact hours commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician: NHPCO is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

NHPCO designates this enduring material for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. 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 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 sessions attended that were certified for physician credit (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, counselors, physician assistants, quality professionals, social workers, spiritual care givers, etc.

Rates: Member $270 Non-Member $370

Cancellation Policy:
All cancellation requests must be submitted in writing to within 48 hours of purchase.  A $25 processing fee will apply to all cancellations. If you have accessed the course you are ineligible for a refund. Course access is for six months.