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Past Episodes

Episode 1- OIG Report on Election Statements and Certification
Episode 2 - Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities Final Rule
Episode 3 - Emergency Preparedness Final Rule
Podcast Special Feature: 2016 Election Recap
Episode 4: Regulatory & Quality Intensives Recap
Episode 5: The Paradox of General Inpatient Care
Episode 6: Notice of Election Changes Benefit Hospice
Episode 7: 5% Volunteer Requirement
Episode 8: Setting a Strategy for Hospice
Podcast Special Feature- Week One of the Trump Administration: What it Means for Hospice
Episode 9: Compliance and the Attending Physician
Episode 10: Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage
Podcast Special Feature: Trump's First Joint Sessions Address
Episode 11: Hospice Quality Reporting...Ready, Set, Go
Episode 12: New MedPAC Report and Focus on Live Discharge
Episode 13: Risk- More Scrutiny on the Horizon
Episode 14: Comprehensive Assessment- Getting it Right
Episode 15: Plan of Care - The Roadmap to Patient Care
Episode 16: Proposed FY18 Hospice Wage Index Rule
Episode 17: Drugs in Hospice- Disposal and Part D Issues
Episode 18: Comment Period on Proposed Rule
Episode 19: Regulatory Burden Reductions
Episode 20: Hospice Inpatient Respite Care


Episode 20: Hospice Inpatient Respite Care

There are many urban myths about respite care in hospice. As one of the four levels of care, all providers should know how it works and what the compliance risks are. Judi and Jennifer offer advice and answer some frequently asked questions about Inpatient Respite Care.

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Episode 19: Regulatory Burden Reductions

There has been much talk of regulatory burden reductions but what does that mean for hospice? Hear Judi and Sharon Scribner Pearce, Vice President of Policy discuss what NHPCO is doing and what opportunities there are for provider feedback. They also dive into repeal and replace and what it could mean for hospice and Medicaid.   

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Episode 18: Comment Period on Proposed Rule

There are factors in the 2017 Proposed Rule that are of concern to providers and Judi and Jennifer discuss some of the top issues: issues relating to eligibility, medical records necessary for admission and Part D. With the comment deadline of June 26 approaching, it's important for all providers to take advantage of this opportunity to provide feedback to CMS before the Wage Index Rule is finalized.  

We thank the sponsor of episode 18: Hospice Action Network and this summer's Advocacy Intensive.

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Episode 17: Drugs in Hospice- Disposal and Part D Issues

Addressing another common issue providers are facing today, Judi and Jennifer discuss some of the more problematic issues involving drug disposal. From misunderstandings around DEA requirements to what you should do if a family refuses disposal, listen in to get answers to some of your pressing questions. 

We thank the sponsor of episode 17:  AAHPM, HPNA and NHPCO - working to offer the 2017 Virtual Conference.

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Episode 16: Proposed FY18 Hospice Wage Index Rule

As many of you know by now, the proposed rule was released at the end of April. Judi and Jennifer discuss the their key takeaways for providers, like the wage index and and quality reporting. Hear how you can provide feedback as we prepare our official comment letter. 

We thank the sponsor of episode 16:  University of Maryland, Online Masters & Certificate Program in Palliative Care.

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Episode 15: Plan of Care - The Roadmap to Patient Care

Following up on the popularity of Episode 14 on the Comprehensive Assessment, Jennifer and Judi are now discussing the Plan of Care. Three of the the top ten CMS deficiiences have to do with the Plan of Care. Much more than just a check box that needs completed, learn more about this very important piece of the CoP. 


Episode 14: Comprehensive Assessment- Getting it Right

Addressing the one thing that every patient served by hospice in the US has in common. Survey deficiencies in recent years continue to identify the comprehensive assessment as an area of concern. Hear Jennifer and Jon R. discuss the importance of getting it right and why every staff member should be familiar with this CoP.  

We thank the sponsor of episode 14:  Accreditation Commission for Health Care. Inc. Visit the ACHC website to download the Distinction in Palliative Care standards document.

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Episode 13: Risk- More Scrutiny on the Horizon

Fresh from the Healthcare Compliance Association conference, hear Judi and Jennnifer discuss their takeaways on areas of risk for hospice providers. They also offer action steps for what measures providers should be taking to mitigate that risk. They discuss the value of the PEPPER Report and healthcare components that are globally applicable outside of hospice.

We thank the sponsor of episode 13:  Accreditation Commission for Health Care. Inc. Visit the ACHC website to download the Distinction in Palliative Care standards document.

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Episode 12: New MedPAC Report and Focus on Live Discharge

MedPAC recently released it's new report to Congress. In the chapter on Hospice, one of the issues they bring up is live discharge. Hear Judi and Jennnifer discuss some of the reasons for the focus on live discharges and offer insight and tips into proper compliance. 

We thank the sponsor of episode 12:  HealthPivots, publisher of the State Hospice Report.

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Episode 11: Hospice Quality Reporting...Ready, Set, Go

Quality has long been about what you "should" be doing but now we've moved into an era of what you "have" to be doing. And now more than ever there needs to be a close collaboration between compliance and quality. The most immediate quality requirements must be in place in less than a month. Hear Jennifer Kennedy and our Vice President of Research and Quality, Carol Spence discuss these upcoming requirements and learn how you can get prepared. 

We thank the sponsor of episode 11:  The HealthCare Chaplaincy Network.

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Podcast Special Feature: Trump's First Joint Sessions Address

NHPCO’s Health Policy Team members, Jon Keyserling and Sharon Scribner Pearce, share their key takeaways from President Donald Trump's first Joint Address to Congress. Learn more about what has been unfolding on the Hill, how it could impact the hospice community, and free resources that can help you become a better advocate for hospice.

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Episode 10: Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage

Why is the ABN so confusing to providers? Do you know the difference between ABN and the NOMNC? Hear Judi and Jennifer discuss these commonly confused forms and learn more about the requirement to inform a patient when Medicare will no longer pay for a service. This issue is still a common question for many providers. 

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Episode 9: Compliance and the Attending Physician

Issues involving the attending physician are not as black and white as many of the other compliance concerns hospice providers share. This is most likely why we've seen such a recent uptick in inquires around it. Judi and Jennifer look at the role of the attending physician and address some of the most frequent questions, like: Who is the attending in an inpatient setting? Can a hospitalist be an attending physician? When does the hospice physician assume the role of attending physician?

We thank the sponsor of episode 9:  The Chosing Wisely campaign.

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Podcast Special Feature- Week One of the Trump Administration: What it Means for Hospice

Following up on their popular post election podcast, hear from the leaders of our Health Policy Team, Jon Keyserling and Sharon Scribner Pearce on their key takeaways from President Donald Trump's first week in office. Learn more about what we might expect in the first 100 days, how it could impact the hospice community, and free advocacy resources.


Episode 8: Setting a Strategy for Hospice

Hospice providers across the country are facing a number of stressors. For example, increasing regulatory burden, everyone is feeling the pain and increased scrutiny is the norm. This episode focuses some of the issues are most prevalent to providers in the field. In addition to the challenges, Judi and Sue Lyn Schramm discuss the many opportunities available and their insights on what areas could see potential growth as part of your business strategy. 

We thank the sponsor of episode 8:  University of Maryland, Online Masters in Palliative Care Program.

Palliative Care Resource Series – Issue Briefs & PowerPoints for members

My.NHPCO.org – Links to professional NCHPP e-communities and virtual networking for members

NHPCO Edge – Consulting Service

2017 Management and Leadership Conference


Episode 7: 5% Volunteer Requirement

Are you calculating your 5% volunteer patient commitment properly? Year after year, the role of the volunteer as it relates to COP requirements is one of most frequent questions our Regulatory team receives. Hear Judi and Jennifer discuss what qualifies and what does not, components of volunteer training and the calculation for the federally mandated 5% requirement. 

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Episode 6: Notice of Election Changes Benefit Hospice

It's a complex issue but thanks to recent changes, life has gotten a little easier for providers. Hear Judi Lund Person discuss the ways this update allows hospices to correct NOEs in a timely manner to ensure proper reimbursement. Judi shares additional insight to help providers make sure they're submitting NOEs properly. NHPCO led advocacy efforts that included data collected from the provider community to correct this issue that was causing challenges to many hospices.

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Episode 5: The Paradox of General Inpatient Care

How does your hospice evaluate the provision of general inpatient care? Over the past couple of years we've seen CMS and the MACs increase their focus on GIP. This scrutiny is twofold: the scrutiny for the hospice that has an inpatient facility as well as for the hospice that provided zero days of GIP care. Hear an in-depth discussion from Judi Lund Person and NHPCO Edge Director, Sue Lyn Schramm on the challenges and the opportunities for this level of care. 

We thank the sponsor of episode 5:  HealthPivots (State Hospice Profiles)

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Episode 4: Regulatory & Quality Intensives Recap

If you weren't able to join us two weeks ago in Hollywood, FL for our new event The Intensives, you can still benefit from the valuable information that was taught and shared. Judi Lund Person recaps what was presented by Paul McCann from CMS, insights from the ZPIC auditor and collaborative future opportunities. Carol Spence also shares components from the Quality Intensive as our community prepares for a greater focus on quality measures, reporting and performance improvement. 


Podcast Special Feature: 2016 Election Recap

Hear from the leaders of our Health Policy Team, Jon Keyserling and Sharon Scribner Pearce on their takeaways from this election that kept us all on our toes. They discuss some of the outcomes of the election, what we might expect in the first 100 days and offer insight and advice for the hospice and palliative care community. 

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Episode 3- Emergency Preparedness Final Rule

After three years of waiting, the final rule for Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers was finally posted in September. Hospice providers must have an emergency plan in place when this rule takes effect. With special guest, HHS NIMS Coordinator,
Operations, Ted Kennedy, hear how you can start working now to be compliant and what opportunities there are to help make this implementation easier. 

We thank the sponsor of episode 3:  HealthPivots

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Episode 2 - Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities Final Rule

Episode 2: How do you currently serve patients with Limited English Proficiency? Do you know the top 15 languages in your state? Do you have a plan to meet the new requirements of the nondiscrimination in health programs regulation? A provision of the Affordable Care Act outlines what hospice providers need to do, above and beyond what they have in place, to be compliant. This Medicare regulation, that came out of HHS/OCR with little fanfare is taking many in the provider community by surprise. It went into effect on October 16- and it is not optional.
 

We thank the sponsor of episode 2: MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care.

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Episode 1- OIG Report on Election Statements and Certification

Episode 1: This latest OIG report on election statements and certification continues the OIG’s focus on hospice general inpatient care. Hear Judi and Jennifer offer their insights on the report and the requirements for the components of the election statement. They go thought the elements of the election statement and discuss ways to ensure your hospice stays compliant.

We thank the sponsor of episode 1: Pet Peace of Mind.

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