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The official podcast of NHPCO connects you with experts and leaders in hospice and palliative care with pertinent discussions about timely issues facing the field today. Judi Lund Person and Jennifer Kennedy will focus on pressing regulatory, compliance and quality topics and team NHPCO will focus on additional news of importance.
 
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This episode features NHPCO's Lori Bishop along with two special guests - Karla Weng and Janelle Shearer from Stratis Health. Karla and Janelle share their experiences working with rural communities to address the gap of palliative care services, from developing a framework to keeping it sustainable. They have also developed a toolkit that contains…
 
This episode features NHPCO's Lori Bishop, Annie Acs, and special guest Dave Ault, Counsel at Fagere Drinker. Lori, Annie and Dave provide an update on CMMI's models and demos and discuss contracting opportunities for providers, especially for community-based palliative care. Even if you’re comfortable in the situation you’re in, Dave encourages pr…
 
In this week's episode, Jon R. welcomes NHPCO's Judi Lund Person along with Stacy Groff, Vice President of Specialized Services at Tidewell Hospice. CMS is encouraging hospice programs to start rebuilding their volunteer programs in anticipation of the end of the public health emergency (and the 1135 waivers) on or around December 31, 2021. Judi an…
 
This episode, originally aired in April 2019, features messages and themes that continue to be timely. In this special leadership episode, Jon R. sits down with former NHO President and CEO Jay Mahoney and Empath Health CEO Rafael Sciullo to discuss our evolution as an organization and how the principles that guided hospice over 40 years ago still …
 
In this week's podcast, Jon talks with NHPCO's Judi Lund Person and Jennifer Kennedy about the FY22 Hospice Wage Index Proposed Rule. Listen to hear about both the regulatory and quality focused aspects of the proposed rule, including rebasing of rates, the importance of accurate cost reports, how 2022 quality data will impact 2024 payments, and mo…
 
In this week's podcast, JR talks with NHPCO's Annie Acs and Lori Bishop. Annie gives an update on CMMI models and demos, and Lori connects the dots between these models, medical group practices, and opportunities to provide palliative care. Listen to learn more and hear how these opportunities, along with free resources from NHPCO, can also help yo…
 
In this week's podcast, NHPCO's Lori Bishop and Jennifer Kennedy provide an update on HQRP. Listen in to learn more about Hospice Visits in the Last Days of Life (HVLDL), the Hospice Care Index, value-based reimbursement, the HOPE tool, and how NHPCO's Quality Connections can help you be prepared for what's to come.…
 
In this week's podcast, Jennifer Kennedy sits down with Christine Nidd of Hospice of the Northwest and Natalie McNeal of Wellstar Community Hospice, advisors on the NHPCO Quality and Standards Committee. Christine and Natalie reflect on the past year of the COVID-19 public health emergency and share surprises, lessons learned, and emergency prepare…
 
In this week's podcast episode, JR sits down with NHPCO's Judi Lund Person and Kim Skehan, Director of Compliance, Regulatory and Quality from Simione Healthcare Consultant to discuss survey readiness. Learn more about the changes Kim and Judi have noticed in surveyors and the survey process in the last year, and take away concrete things your orga…
 
In this episode of the podcast, JR talks with Lori Bishop, NHPCO's Vice President of Palliative and Advanced Care, and Balu Natarajan, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Seasons Healthcare Management and chair of NHPCO's Palliative Care Council. Lori and Balu discuss the future of community-based palliative care, how that can integrate into CMS models an…
 
The MyNHPCO Pharmacist Community, in collaboration with the MyNHPCO Physician/Advanced Practice Provider Community and numerous hospice professionals, released the NHPCO Deprescribing Toolkit for NHPCO members. In this episode of the podcast, JR talks with Judi Lund Person and Jason Kimbrel, Vice President of Hospice Services for Optum and MyNHPCO …
 
This is the second part of our two-part series on the things you can (and should be) considering this year. Part 1 focused on the most important regulatory and policy components and today's episode covers quality, models and demos. Hear exciting opportunities for providers in the year to come.
 
While 2020 brought changes that many are still adjusting to, this upcoming year is also shaping up to be quite active for hospice and palliative professionals. We're starting off 2021 with a two-part series on the things you can (and should be) considering this year. Part 1 focuses on the most important regulatory and policy components with Judi Lu…
 
The importance of self-care and burnout has long been prominent in our field but this year has put more of an emphasis on it than ever before. Jon R. sits down with Carla Cheatham of the Carla Cheatham Consulting Group, LLC, and NHPCO COO, Ben Marcantonio to discuss concrete takeaways for leaders to manage their teams and themselves as mindfully as…
 
Providing quality care has never been more important, and it is quickly becoming a necessity for your business operations. After two years of consulting with national experts and examining member needs, NHPCO is launching the Quality Connections program in January 2021. We have developed this program to help providers navigate not just the COP's bu…
 
Our post election episode from 2016 has been one of our most popular and we are excited to bring you this discussion to mark our 100th episode. Jon R. sits down with NHPCO's Director of Legislative Affairs, Mark Slobodien and Andrew Woods, Chairman of the Liberty Partners Group. Hear a discussion on what we know now and some things to expect over t…
 
This episode, originally aired in March 2018 has withstood the test of time. November is National Hospice Month and the perfect time to revisit this conversation. Starting with a reminder of the federal Patient Self-Determination Act of 1990, Judi, Jennifer and Jon talk about the importance of advance care planning. They offer guidance for the hosp…
 
Jon R. sits down with Annie Acs to analyze NHPCO's 2020 Facts and Figures Report. This report is the only report of its kind that is available free-of-charge to the public and provides an overview of hospice care delivery in the U.S. with specific information on hospice patient characteristics, location and level of care, Medicare hospice spending,…
 
On September 30, CMS published a final rule on regulatory burden relief, which is effective November 29. Jon sits down with Jennifer Kennedy and the newest member of the regulatory team, Missy Ring, to discuss the key elements of this final rule and what providers can do to prepare for the changes.
 
Hospice and palliative care leaders often face intergenerational communication challenges - both within the IDT and in working with patients and families. In this episode originally recorded in April 2019, Kendra Buchanan and Jennifer Kennedy of NHPCO talk with Ryan Klaustermeier, Administrator of Heartland Hospice and chair of NHPCO's Next Generat…
 
Hospice providers are in a unique position to meet patient and family needs outside of the hospice model. Hear how the CMS Serious Illness Population Model is such an opportunity for providers to reach people earlier in the course of illness and develop a potentially new revenue source for many services programs are already skilled at providing.…
 
If hospices do not take advantage of all opportunities available and learn to think outside the Hospice Medicare box, they will miss out on developing the skills and expertise that are likely to be essential in our healthcare future. NHPCO Edge consultant, Khue Nguyen with Emprise Health talks about these issues to further remind providers that we …
 
Palliative care continues to be one of the greatest areas of opportunity for providers today. NHPCO offers a variety of options that can help, whether you are in the beginning phases of planning and implementation or have a well established program. JR sits down with Lori and talks about some of the specific tools that have been developed by the Pa…
 
In Part 2 of our series we focus on the quality side of the FY2020 Hospice Wage Index Final Rule. Jon R. and Jennifer and discuss why it is just as important for providers to be tuning into the quality components as regulatory. The focus on quality is increasing and a thorough understanding of quality issues is an important part of hospice care. JR…
 
The Final Rule came out last week and there are many changes coming providers need to be aware of and prepared for. Part 1 of our 2 part series will focus on the regulatory side of the rule. Judi sits down with Jon R. and delves into the most important components of the rule. Later this month we'll release Part 2 which will focus on the quality sid…
 
We announce an upcoming offering addressing valuation and measurement. Lori Bishop sits down with Kathleen Kerr and Brian Cassell to discuss the details of this opportunity and how it pertains to program growth, quality improvement, and accountability. NHPCO is offering a Metric Intensive Workshop as a pre-con at 2020 LAC.…
 
Every year NHPCO produces it's report, Facts and Figures which provides a snapshot of who is accessing care, who is providing care, CMS expenditures, and more. Lori, Jennifer, Don Sievert talk with JR about some key findings of the data and changes you will see this year's re-envisioned report.
 
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