Regulatory Priorities for 2020 and Beyond
with Judi Lund Person, MPH, CHC – NHPCO
Virtual Webinar on September 22, 2020 9a-10:30a PST
OPPORTUNITIES FOR VENDORS AT OUR FIRST VIRTUAL EXHIBIT HALL!
Critical to the success of our educational programming is the role vendors play at our conferences. Exhibiting and sponsoring is a terrific way to educate and promote your products and services and support exceptional education and outreach to Oregon and Washington hospice and palliative care providers. Please see our menu of vendor opportunities in our Virtual Exhibit Hall below.
about the program
This jointly-supported regulatory-focused webinar attracts hospice and palliative care administrators and managers, those with regulatory and quality improvement responsibilities, physicians, billing specialists and other staff with an interest in regulatory issues. Our webinar platform allows up to 2,000 participants; information about this complimentary program for members has already been distributed to over 500 hospice and palliative care professionals in Washington and Oregon.
During this extraordinary year of the COVID-19 pandemic, hospice providers continue to overcome many challenges as they provide care to terminally-ill patients and their families. CMS provided several waivers which eased some of the regulatory burdens hospices faced. However, there are more regulatory burdens to overcome in the future! On July 31, CMS issued the FY2021 Wage Index Final Rule, which answered “the big question” being asked by all who work in hospice: Will the October 1 implementation of the election statement and addendum requirements be delayed? The CMS answer was “No.” There will be no delay in the October 1 implementation date for hospices to modify the election statements they use and to provide, upon request, the election statement addendum form which must list those items, services, and drugs the hospice has determined to be unrelated to the terminal illness and related conditions. The CMS stated goal for requiring hospices to use this new form is to increase coverage transparency for beneficiaries under a hospice election. To meet this new requirement, hospices will need to operationalize how they will provide a written list and a rationale for the conditions, items, drugs, or services that the hospice has determined to be unrelated to the terminal illness and related conditions. Please join us as we invite Judi Lund Person, NHPCO Vice President, Regulatory and Compliance to share her perspectives about this extraordinary year and her insights about how hospices can meet this new regulatory challenge!
There are 1.5 Continuing Education Contact Hours Provider approved by California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider CEP14488. This program has been approved for 1.5 CEUs by the NASW Washington State Chapter. Licensed Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors are eligible. Provider number #1975-153.
As NHPCO’s Vice President, Regulatory and Compliance, Judi Lund Person, MPH, CHC serves as a key contact with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, ensuring NHPCO’s voice is heard with policymakers and interfacing with hospice payment policy, Part D, survey and certification, contractor management, and program integrity functions, among others. Judi led the organization through the release and implementation of the Medicare Hospice Conditions of Participation in 2008 and develops tools each year for hospice providers, including hospice payment rates and wage index values. 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. 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, and was an early advocate for the passage of the Medicare Hospice Benefit in Congress.