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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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HPM TALK is the podcast of NHPCO's National Council of Hospice and Palliative Professionals’ (NCHPP’s) Physician and Advanced Practice Provider section. This podcast connects you with leaders in the field to discuss issues pertinent to our practice and to bring you the voices of other physicians and advanced practice providers who will share their experiences in the field. A rotating team of hosts will address topics of interest to the hospice medical director, hospice physician, advanced pr ...
 
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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 Gen ...…
 
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 ...…
 
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 th ...…
 
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 ...…
 
Join Dr. Riar as he discusses the face to face encounter visits and the physician narrative in the hospice recertification process.
 
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 ...…
 
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.
 
Join Dr. Amjad Riar as he embarks on the first in a series of discussions reviewing the roles and responsibilities of the Hospice Medical Director and Hospice Physician in the setting of the Hospice Medicare Benefit.By HPM Talk.
 
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 i ...…
 
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 t ...…
 
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 im ...…
 
Join Bernice Burkarth as she as she speaks with Dr. Balu Natrajan, CMO of Season’s Hospice and the Chair of the Palliative Care Council. Dr. Natrajan highlights what the Palliative Care Council has been doing since it’s inception.By HPM Talk.
 
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 le ...…
 
Episode 12 - Pain in Dementia - Terminal Dyspnea Steve and Laura discuss assessment of pain in patients with cognitive deficits, and review current concepts in terminal dyspnea management.
 
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 pione ...…
 
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 upcomin ...…
 
NHPCO Is committed to helping the field understand ongoing issues of importance, one example is Medicare Advantage in hospice. Building on our collaboration with the Better Medicare Alliance, Edo Banach sits down with BMA President and CEO, Allyson Y. Schwartz to discuss opportunities and concerns on all sides of the issue. In June, our two org ...…
 
There will be no HPM Talk this month, but please head on over to the Physician/Advance Practice Practitioner myNHPCO community site to see a presentation of Easy Opioid Conversion, presented by Dr. Steven Baumrucker, MD, FAAFP, FAAHPM. Also, visit the MyNHPCO Physician/ Advance Practice Provider Community (NHPCO member sign-in required)…
 
Jon R. sits down Judi Lund Person as she looks back at last year's Proposed Hospice Wage Index Rule and cites various elements where data are critical. We expect the next proposed rule to come out later next month, how will data play a part? Judi stressed the importance of data and speculates on what elements will continue to be a factor throug ...…
 
Jon R. sits down with Lori Bishop and Dr. Balu Natarajan for a conversation on palliative care. We know there are so many opportunities in community-based palliative care but there are also difficulties that remain in making it work. From distinguishing between hospice and palliative care, to appropriate scaling to reimbursement, this episode d ...…
 
Episode 10: This is the final of 3 in the series on the use of methadone in Palliative medicine brought to you by the HPM Talk host, Dr. Steve Baumrucker and Laura Hutchinson, the lead Nurse Practitioner from Wellmont Hospice.
 
CMS has just released it's 2018 top ten hospice survey deficiencies. Once again there are many repeat citations we’ve seen in previous years. Judi and Jennifer discuss their concerns over these most common deficiencies and why providers should be focusing their attention on them. And it's JR's favorite time of the year...awards season.…
 
For the first of our more broad, leadership based topics we are discussing the recent hospice experience of NHPCO's COO, John Mastrojohn. He sits down with Jon R. and Lori Bishop to discuss the perspective of being on the other side of care and improvements all providers could consider. In this episode, JR says nothing funny.…
 
Episode 9: This is part 2 of 3 in the series on the use of methadone in Palliative medicine brought to you by the HPM Talk host, Dr. Steve Baumrucker and Laura Hutchinson, the lead Nurse Practitioner from Wellmont Hospice.By HPM.
 
To kick off the New Year, Jon R. sits down with Judi to discuss what providers can start thinking about at the beginning of the year to ease their compliance journey through 2019 and beyond. If you have a “regulatory resolution” for 2019, Judi offers some practical tips.
 
In this special year end episode, Edo Banach sits down with Drs. Thomas Edes and Scott Shreve from the Department of Veterans Affairs to discuss the important role hospice and palliative care plays for our country's veterans. Hear how the We Honor Veterans program began and what all providers should be considering when taking care of this speci ...…
 
Episode 8: This is part 1 of 3 in a series on the use of methadone in Palliative medicine. Join our host, Dr. Steve Baumrucker as he discusses the use of methadone in Palliative medicine with Laura Hutchinson, the lead Nurse Practitioner for Wellmont Hospice.By HPM Talk.
 
Imagine Judi Lund Person and 1000 hospice professionals all in one hotel. In November, NHPCO welcomed many to the IDC in New Orleans. Jon asks Judi about the most frequent questions and observations from when she was onsite. From opioid disposal issues to some surprising takeaways. And hear JR fail in a role play as a family caregiver.…
 
Jennifer provides some further insight into CAHPS and explains why is it so vital providers take full advantage. Don't let your CAHPS scores work against you. Remember it is an important way for providers to get feedback on patient and family experiences to strengthen your business and increase satisfaction. And JR talks about that time he got ...…
 
For episode 7, at the recent NHPCO Interdisciplinary Conference in New Orleans Dr. Bernice Burkarth had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Ronald Crossno about medical marijuana.
 
We've discussed Hospice Compare on previous podcasts but Jennifer shares with Jon R. the newest updates and what providers need to be aware of. Remember Hospice Compare is a way the public can learn about your program so it's vital that providers have an understanding how it works.
 
Episode 6: Join Bernice Burkarth MD and Kelli Nelson ARNP in an interview exploring the role of the nurse practitioner in a community based palliative care program.
 
Last month, we discussed the Congressional Ways and Means Committee's support for reducing regulatory burden (Episode 48). Since that podcast, CMS released the proposed rule on reducing regulatory burden for all medicare providers. What in the proposed rule will affect hospice? Judi and Jennifer pick up the discussion about the specifics that r ...…
 
We welcome special guest, Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, President and CEO of the Better Medicare Alliance who sits down with Edo Banach about the complex issue of Medicare Advantage in hospice. NHPCO is working with BMA to more fully explore issues that we as a provider community need to be familiar with. MA is a polarizing topic for many, bu ...…
 
Episode 5: Join Dr. Robert Crook MD as he discusses documentation supportive of ongoing hospice eligibility in patients with long lengths of stay
 
We keep hearing about the federal government wanting to reduce red tape and regulatory burden but what does that really mean and what has actually been happening? Judi and Jon R. sit down to discuss the progress that has been made toward this goal and what issues specific to hospice are being looked at. Hear how NHPCO has been involved in some ...…
 
Following up on one of our most popular episodes and in honor of National Emergency Preparedness Month, listen as Jennifer and JR discuss this important CoP. Hear stories from the field on how providers have implemented and benefited from this requirement when disaster hit and tips on how you can ensure you are compliant. JR also shares his big ...…
 
While some of the issues explored in the recently released OIG portfolio report may be familiar to hospice providers, that does not undercut the importance of them. Judi and Jennifer share the concerns voiced by the OIG as well as recommendations CMS agrees with and remind providers of the top issues that continue to be a concern to regulators. ...…
 
Episode 4: Hear Robert Crook MD review tips for documentation supportive of hospice eligibility.By HPM Talk.
 
The effective use of the social worker on the interdisciplinary team is one thing that sets hospice above more conventional care delivery. It is important to understand regulatory guidelines and compliance issues regarding your social workers. Judi and Jennifer discuss supervision, credentials and why so many providers continue to have question ...…
 
Episode 3: Hear Robert Crook MD discuss the factor of advanced age in prognostication as well as prognostication in the setting of Cancer, End Stage Liver Disease, End Stage Renal Disease, and Dementia.Dr. Crook shares with us the use and application of the MELD score, the ADEPT tool, and the Mortality Risk Index Score.…
 
We are excited to announce our new Hospice Compliance Certificate Program! Jon R. and Judi share why this program is important, how you can get involved and what it means for your organization. Also hear a discussion on the newly revised Standards of Practice that members can download free-of-charge; an incredibly valuable resource addressing q ...…
 
The Survey of Team Attitudes and Relationships is the only employee satisfaction tool created for hospice professionals - a benefit of NHPCO membership. Kristi Dudash explains to Jon R. how STAR works and what it offers. Board Member, Darren Bertram also discusses the value of employee engagement and education and recognizing that your people a ...…
 
Judi Lund Person sits down with attorney Meg Pekarske who has spent her career working on hospice and palliative care issues. Hear what has changed over the past twenty years in the regulatory landscape, what the most common issues are and what providers should be aware of and on the lookout for.
 
Episode 2: Join Robert Crook MD as he discusses prognostication in the setting of COPD and heart failure.
 
The federal COPs make it very clear what is required for hospice compliance. Are there regulations that reflect community-based palliative care delivery that providers need to be aware of? Jean Acevedo talks with Lori Bishop about the regulatory landscape of community-based palliative care and what providers need to know. We're excited to bring ...…
 
Episode 1: Hear Robert Crooks MD discuss prognostication from a general standpoint.
 
The Proposed Rule is something that impacts every provider who relies on Medicare reimbursement. It's not just about your rates. In the FY2019 Hospice Wage Index Proposed Rule, CMS is tipping us off on issues of importance and what may lie ahead. Jennifer covers the quality aspects of the rule, Judi focuses on compliance and Jon R. shares Dr. M ...…
 
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