Medication relatedness and coverage is not a black and white issue. This webinar will examine options for handling challenging cases and effectively communicating proposed changes or recommendations to patients, families and other prescribers. Participants will learn how to incorporate clinical assessment with relatedness tools for a patient-centered, symptom-focused process for determining medication coverage.

Learning Outcomes

      • Define medication relatedness and coverage for hospice patients
      • Describe how to effectively communicate proposed medication changes to patients, families and other prescribers
      • Apply a patient-centered, symptom-focused process for determining coverage of medications


Bernice Burkarth, MD

Dr. Burkarth has been in the practice of hospice and palliative care for 15 years and is currently the Chief Medical Officer of Merrimack Valley Hospice. She earned her medical degree at Temple University School of Medicine in Pennsylvania and completed her residency in Neurosurgery at Albany Medical Center in New York. She has obtained Hospice Medical Director Certification and American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship status.

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).

Marisa Todd, PharmD, BCPS

As Director of Clinical Education at Enclara Pharmacia, Marisa is responsible for the coordination, integration, maintenance and advancement of Enclara Pharmacia’s education support services. Prior roles held by Marisa include manager of the West Deptford clinical call center, clinical pharmacist and new hire pharmacist trainer. She has 18 years of experience as a pharmacist in various fields including 14 years of hospice pharmacy experience, as well as clinical roles in both the hospital and home infusion settings. Throughout Marisa’s career, she has been continuously involved in the education and training of healthcare professionals and students. Marisa earned her doctor of pharmacy degree at Wilkes University, Nesbitt School of Pharmacy. She completed a 1-year post-graduate pharmacy practice residency program, recently earned a certificate in the principles and practice of hospice and palliative care and maintains certification as a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist.

CE/CME Information

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.