All health care setting are continually challenged to remain compliant with the ever changing regulations that impact the services they provide. In recent years, many changes have been enacted that impact the provision of hospice services. Hospice agencies and staff need to stay up-to-date on regulatory changes that impact the provision of hospice services under the Medicare program to ensure that they are meeting current requirements and are able to serve their patients effectively.
In this session, expert speaker Judy Adams will discuss what is changing in hospice and new requirements that hospice agencies need to meet in order to stay compliant with new and updated regulations. Judy will provide a summary of the regulatory changes for hospice that happened in 2017 including the FY 2018 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements, status of the CMS proposal for Accreditation Surveys to be made public, Emergency preparedness requirements, HIS changes, implementation of Hospice Compare, availability of Second Annual Medicare Hospice Utilization and Payment Public Use File and new Medicare Card changes.
This session will help you prepare for the new changes. Hospice personnel need to remain informed and knowledgeable about upcoming changes that are being considered or developed that will impact the provision of care under the Medicare hospice benefit so that they can make their opinions known, advocate for their patients and families and influence any potential changes to the program. This session will help you do exactly that; you will be able to advocate for the rights of your patients and programs to influence decisions related to changes to the hospice benefit and preserve the integrity of the hospice program for beneficiaries and their families.
Who Should Attend
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Judy Adams, RN, BSN, HCS-D, HCS-O, has been involved in health care in numerous health care setting over the span of her career. She has been involved in nearly every aspect of home health care over the last three decades including direct clinical care, supervision, administration and quality improvement.