Join this webinar for the latest regulatory and quality reporting issues for hospice providers including a discussion of the content in the FY2022 Hospice Wage Index Proposed Rule. It is likely that both hospice program integrity provisions and HQRP updates will be in this year’s proposed rule.  Faculty will elaborate on the following:

      • COVID-19 status update
      • Hospice program integrity provisions and their implementation
      • HQRP updates and what is in the quality pipeline
      • How these proposed changes apply to your hospice

Learning Outcomes
At the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

      • Discuss the FY2021 Hospice Wage Index Proposed Rule
      • Describe updated related to the COVID-19 PHE
      • List hospice program integrity components for surveys and intermediate remedies
      • Identify changes to the hospice QRP


Judi Lund Person, BA, MPH, CHC

Judi Lund Person is the Vice President, Regulatory and Compliance for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization where she serves as a key contact with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Judi helps ensure that NHPCO’s voice is heard with policymakers. She frequently interfaces with federal administrators of hospice payment policy, Part D, survey and certification, contractor management, and program integrity functions. She represents NHPCO with each of the Medicare Administrative Contractors and represents hospice and palliative care with other federal agencies and many national organizations.

Each year she develops updated tools for hospice providers, including guides to hospice payment rates and wage index values. Most recently, she has been a key contact with CMS and the MACs during the implementation of the Notice of Election requirement and was a key contact with CMS Part D as guidance was published concerning Part D and hospice. She works daily with hospice providers and state hospice organizations on the ever-increasing array of regulatory and compliance issues and translates complex regulatory language into actionable “plain English” for hospice providers. She is a frequent speaker at hospice meetings throughout the country. 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, where she provided support and resources for hospice providers and end of life care coalitions in the Carolinas and was an early advocate for the passage of the Medicare Hospice Benefit in Congress.

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

Dr. Jennifer Kennedy is the Senior Director of Quality & Regulatory for the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization and has been with the organization since 2006.  She has more than 30 years of experience as a leader and nurse in diverse healthcare settings and has worked in hospice and palliative care for the last 18+ years.  Her primary education is in nursing and she earned a doctoral degree in health care education and policy and is a certified healthcare compliance professional.  Jennifer is the lead for the NHPCO hospice quality program and interacts with CMS and their contractors related to hospice regulatory and quality issues.  She serves on multiple NQF committees, the Joint Commission’s Home Care Accreditation Advisory Council, the ANA’s national palliative nursing task group, and is the U.S. representative for the UK’s St. Christopher’s Hospice Celebrating Palliative Care Nursing in 2020 Project.  Jennifer is serves as faculty at national and state conferences, writes articles for trade journals, contributes to health care publisher materials, develops education and resources for hospice and palliative care providers.

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.