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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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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.
 
While we still don’t know many of the specifics that will be part of the alternative payment models, there is still much providers can do to be proactive. Jon R. sits down with Lori Bishop and Dr. Phil Rogers who was the architect of the proposal submitted by AAHPM and worked in collaboration on the C-TAC proposal. Hear the background on this issue…
 
The SUPPORT Act was signed into law in late 2018 and includes provisions allowing certain hospice employees to handle controlled substances and assist families with onsite disposal at home. While we still are waiting for specific guidance from the federal government, NHPCO has been working to clarify what providers need to be doing – and what they …
 
NHPCO released the first several chapters of the new Palliative Care Playbook last month. The playbook was created to help providers address the issues and challenges faced by starting or sustaining a community-based palliative care program. Hear a discussion with JR, Lori Bishop and Kathy Brandt and learn how you can utilize the playbook to improv…
 
It's that time of the year again, CMS released the FY2020 Hospice Wage Index Proposed Rule. Team NHPCO breaks it down and lets you know the components that will have the biggest implications on providers, the importance of providing feedback and opportunities to do so. JR is very excited to make a classic movie/hospice analogy...and does not let it…
 
In this special leadership episode, Jon R. sits down with former NHO President and CEO Jay Mahoney and Empath Health President and CEO Rafael Sciullo to discuss our evolution as an organization and how the principles that guided hospice over 40 years ago still hold true today. JR gets excited to learn one of our guests worked with hospice pioneer, …
 
CMS implemented the Service Intensity Add-on to incentivize visits during the last 7 days of life, however data has shown nearly 50% of patients do not receive a skilled visit during this time. Jennifer sits down with Jon R. to discuss why it is so important for providers to ensure this care is happening. Jon starts out with news on the upcoming NH…
 
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