NAHC Offers Hospice “Survey Readiness” Educational Opportunity
Registration Currently Available for April 22 Event
In October 2014, President Obama signed The IMPACT Act into law requiring that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), for the first time ever, ensure that each Medicare-certified hospice undergo a survey at least once every 36 months. The requirement became effective in early April 2015, so CMS and state survey agencies have been gearing up to tackle the increased survey frequency. However, some hospices have not had a state survey since before the revised Hospice Conditions of Participation (CoP) went into effect in late 2008. Much may have changed since the last time a surveyor came on-site to assess the hospice’s adherence to the CoP.
In anticipation of the greater frequency of surveys and need for hospices to prepare, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is offering a 90-minute web event designed to help hospice agencies ensure that they are survey-ready. The session will review the CMS’ implementation plans for the IMPACT Act and walk through the hospice federal recertification survey process. NAHC will review the steps the surveyor(s) will take and the reports, forms, and documents hospices should have on hand or have ready access to for each of these steps. NAHC will also advise on how to handle concerns identified by the surveyor and how to manage the survey process and the surveyor(s). For instance, what should a hospice be prepared to provide the surveyor during the entrance interview and how much time does the hospice have to supply the information to the surveyor.
The web event—titled “Hospice Survey Preparedness and Readiness”—will occur Wednesday, April 22, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Eastern).
NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris, JD, will moderate the web event. The session will include panel presentations by hospice policy experts Katie Wehri, CHC, CHPC, Hospice Operations Expert, and Theresa Forster, Vice President for Hospice Policy & Programs at NAHC.
The registration fee for participation is $125 for members and $225 for non-members. No refunds are allowed after April 20, 2015. Until that date, a 25 percent administrative cancelation fee will be charged for all cancelations. Cancelation must be made in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regarding continuing education credits (CEUs), 1.5 CEUs will be applied for Nurses.
For those unable to participate and others interested, a recording will be available for purchase after the event.
If you have questions, please email email@example.com or call 866.863.3903 to receive assistance from a NAHC representative.
Click here to register for the event.