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New Rules for Nursing Homes

January 23, 2018
2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

CE/CME Information

Webinar Description

Licensing and certification requirements for the hospice/nursing home partnership have been in place since 2013. There has been limited surveyor scrutiny of the relationship because the surveyor guidance for the requirements had not been published.  Effective November 28, 2017, surveyors are directed to include hospice patients in their sample and examine the relationship according to the new guidance.  Join this Webinar to hear from a regulatory expert at the American Health Care Association regarding all the changes that nursing home providers are experiencing and the impact on expectations of care from a hospice provider.

Webinar Objectives

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

  • Describe the changes CMS has made that impact care provided in a nursing home
  • Discuss the surveyor guidance for residents receiving care from a hospice provider
  • Identify potential issues regarding administration of unnecessary medications and anti-psychotics


Lyn Bentley, MSW

Lyn Bentley is the Vice President of Quality & Regulatory Affairs for the American Health Care Association (AHCA). Lyn has worked in the field of long term care for more than 25 years and with the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living since 2001 - first as the Senior Director of Policy for the National Center for Assisted Living. For the past 11 years she has focused on nursing home laws, regulations and policies. Lyn's role recently expanded to include a broader oversight of both AHCA's Quality Programs and Regulatory Services.

Cherry Meier, RN, MSN

Cherry Meier has been working in hospice since 1981 and has been employed by VITAS for 28 years. She is a registered nurse and licensed nursing home administrator. In her current role as Vice President of Public Affairs, she is responsible for legislative and regulatory oversight of issues that will influence the ability to provide hospice care in the states of California, Ohio, Illinois, Georgia, Texas, and Wisconsin. Cherry is known in the hospice community for her work in the advancement of hospice in the long-term care setting. 


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.