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February 27, 2018
2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

CE/CME Information

Webinar Description

Quality and Regulatory issues will remain at the forefront for hospice providers in 2018. What issues is the PEPPER contractor monitoring for hospice?  Can we use those topics to determine CMS interest in hospice scrutiny? What are the concerns with live discharges and how can a hospice monitor live discharges to be aware of triggers for scrutiny? Is GIP utilization still an interest? How are the MACs reviewing GIP stays? Hear the latest hospice medical director issues and how your hospice can ensure compliance. And finally, what is the latest with hospice quality reporting and Hospice Compare. Don’t miss this Webinar to hear up-to-the-minute information on what your hospice can do today and tomorrow to address the challenges ahead.

Webinar Objectives

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

  • Discuss three issues tracked by the PEPPER contractor
  • Describe strategies to address CMS scrutiny for live discharges and enrollment and continued eligibility for GIP
  • Identify the latest updates on Hospice Compare


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. Judi serves as a key contact with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, interfacing with hospice payment policy, Part D, survey and certification, contractor management, and program integrity functions, among others.  She also represents hospice and palliative care with the Medicare Administrative Contractors and other federal agencies and many national organizations.  She is a frequent speaker at state and national meetings and works daily with hospice providers and state hospice organizations on the ever-increasing array of regulatory and compliance issues. She works with her team at NHPCO to develop regulatory and compliance tools, including hospice payment rates and wage index values and compliance guides. 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 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.