Course Description

Provision of hospice care can be complex and it crucial that managers understand all aspects of care to ensure that it meets quality standards and is compliant. This module will help managers understand the hospice components of care provision of the Medicare Hospice Conditions of Participation. The module will review hospice levels of care in detail and present related application scenarios for participants. The module will also discuss the provision of hospice care in nursing facilities, which is a regulatory “hot spot” for providers today. These regulations, in place for this care setting since December 2008, continue to present a compliance challenge for hospice providers. The regulatory requirements and their application to care for a patient residing in a nursing facility will be presented, with a focus on collaboration and coordination, and toward the outcome of quality, compliant care. In addition, the module will provide managers with tools and resources to assist them in ensuring that care provided is compliant and of the highest quality.

CE/CME Offered
CE/CME Credit Available: Nurse

1.5 hours


  • Identify hospice components of care provision
  • Discuss hospice levels of care
  • Discuss provision of hospice care in a nursing facility
  • Provide tools and resources for providers about provision of care

Subject Matter Experts

Jennifer Kennedy, EdD, MA, BSN, RN, CHC

Jennifer Kennedy is the Regulatory and Compliance Director and Education 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 the last 16+ years. Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from DeSales University and dual Masters 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.

Planners: Barbara L. Bouton, MA, FT, and Jennifer Kennedy, MA, BSN, RN, have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. Subject Matter Expert: Jennifer Kennedy, MA, BSN, RN, MSN has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

CE/CME Credit Hours

1.5 Contact Hour

Social Work
1.5 Contact Hours


In order to complete this online activity, participants must view the course in its entirety, correctly answer all case studies and quiz/test questions (as appropriate) and complete the evaluation. You will have access to the course for 90 days from the date of purchase.


NHPCO is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. NHPCO designates this enduring material 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.


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