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NHPCO’s Survey Readiness Initiative

Gearing Up for Survey Readiness
January 13, 2015
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm ET 

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Webinar Description

The IMPACT (Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation) Act was signed into law on October 6, 2014. One provision of the new law requires that hospices be surveyed for Medicare compliance every 36 months, effective April 6, 2015. Surveys can be conducted by the state survey agency or by one of the three approved accrediting organizations. Many hospices have not been surveyed in years and may be in for a surprise when the surveyor knocks on the door. This Webinar will launch NHPCO’s Survey Readiness Initiative, review the steps a hospice provider needs to take to become survey ready at any time, examine the 2013 top 10 CMS survey deficiencies and present the NHPCO tools and resources for survey readiness. 


Jennifer L. Kennedy, MA, BSN, CHC, LNC

Jennifer is the Regulatory and Compliance Director and Lead Nurse Planner for the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization.  She has over 25 years of experience as a leader and nurse in diverse healthcare settings in numerous areas of the United States and has worked in hospice care for more than 16 years.  She has served at the Director level for several prominent national and regional healthcare organizations in operations, clinical care, education, compliance, quality assurance, performance improvement, and program development.  She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from DeSales University, and graduated with honors with a dual Master’s of Arts degree in Health Counseling and Case Management from Trinity University in Washington, DC.  Jennifer is a certified Healthcare Compliance Professional and Legal Nurse Consultant.

Judi Lund Person, MPH

 Judi Lund Person has been the Vice President of Compliance and Regulatory Leadership for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization since July of 2002. Prior to joining the team at NHPCO, she served for 22 years as the President and CEO of The Carolinas Center for Hospice and End of Life Care. A recognized national leader in the field of hospice and end of life care, Judi works with local hospice providers and state organizations on regulatory issues, compliance, data collection and strategic planning. She lends her regulatory expertise as a key contact with CMS, interfacing with payment policy, survey and certification and program integrity functions among others. She also represents hospice and palliative care with other federal agencies and many national organizations, including the FDA, the Pain Care Forum, The National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care and the Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition. Judi graduated with honors with a BA degree in Sociology from UNC at Greensboro and a Master’s degree in Public health from the UNC at Chapel Hill.

Webinar Objectives

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

  • Review steps they should take to become survey ready at any time
  • List key CMS survey deficiencies and  determine their organization’s need to address potential deficiencies
  • Identify tools and resources to assist their organization in becoming survey ready at any time

Note: This Webinar is part of NHPCO’s Survey Readiness Initiative and is not eligible to be included in an NHPCO Webinar Package.

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 1.5 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 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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