CMS’ Proposed Plans for Implementing Sweeping Survey Reforms and Their Implications for Hospice Providers

CMS’ Proposed Plans for Implementing Sweeping Survey Reforms and Their Implications for Hospice Providers

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 ; 1:00-2:00pm Eastern

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In mid-2019, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued reports that raised considerable concerns in Congress, at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and among hospice stakeholders. While the OIG’s findings indicated that a relatively small percentage of hospice providers are found to have serious deficiencies and/or substantiated complaints, the reports set off a firestorm of activity aimed at reforming the hospice survey process. In late 2020 the Congress enacted significant changes to the hospice survey process, including creation of a “Special Focus” program for poor performing hospice providers, expansion of the remedies that CMS can use to penalize seriously deficient hospices, and requirements that CMS make survey findings publicly available. On June 25 CMS issued proposed implementing regulations for these legislative reforms. On a separate track, CMS has been revising its guidance to hospice surveyors to better emphasize issues related to quality of care. During this session, experts from the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will review the legislative reforms, discuss CMS’ proposed plans and timing for implementing the reforms, and provide an initial view of what we may see as part of the revised surveyor guidance.

Objectives:

  1. Discuss statutory reforms applicable to the hospice survey process
  2. Outline CMS’ plans and the timing for implementation of the reforms
  3. Share available information related to CMS’ planned updates to the hospice survey process
  4. Identify ways that hospice providers can prepare for this wide array of changes

Faculty:

  • William A. Dombi, President, NAHC
  • Theresa M. Forster, Vice President for Hospice Policy & Programs, NAHC
  • Katie Wehri, Director of Home Health & Hospice Regulatory Affairs

Registration Fees:

Members: Free
Non-members: $99

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CY2022 Home Health Proposed Rule

CY2022 Home Health Proposed Rule

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 ; 1:00-2:00pm Eastern

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Bill Dombi, NAHC president, and Mary Carr present a high-level overview of the CY2022 home health proposed rule.  As expected, CMS is proposing the nationwide expansion of the Home Health Value Based Purchasing model.  In addition to the payment rate updates, CMS provides analysis of the PDGM and proposes some changes to the model along with proposed changes to the home health quality reporting program. Outside of home health, the rule includes regulations implementing the hospice survey reforms that were part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act.

Faculty:

  • Bill Dombi, President, National Association for Home Care & Hospice
  • Mary Carr, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, National Association for Home Care & Hospice

Registration Fees:

Members: Free
Non-members: $99

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Emerging Legal Trends in Home Care & Hospice Part 6

Emerging Legal Trends in Home Care & Hospice
Part 6: Wage & Hour Law

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 ; 2:00-3:00pm Eastern

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Please join Polsinelli Shareholder Angelo Spinola for a comprehensive overview of the most common pay practices utilized by home-based care providers that are targeted by the DOL and plaintiffs’ attorneys.  This presentation will include a review of the common challenges and best practices related to live-in and extended shift care programs, pay per visit and salary plus compensation structures for skilled clinicians, on-call, travel time, utilizing multiple pay rates and other common wage hour issues.  Mr. Spinola will also review the status of the litigation seeking to reinstate the prior overtime exemptions available to home care providers and other litigation and legislative developments.

Information on the Series

Beginning in May and continuing through December, NAHC will bring together the top experts in the industry to examine the most important legal topics in home care and hospice.

Home care and hospice is a highly regulated industry, as such, it forces providers to maintain a strong working knowledge of a bewildering array of legal issues just to stay in business — fortunately, NAHC has a solution. This 10-part webinar series offers an in-depth and practical analysis of the key legal topics every home care and hospice executive should understand.

Every part of your organization is impacted by legal and regulatory trends, that’s why we provide insight and guidance for every part of your organization from clinical to finance to legal. These webinars will help your entire organization stay ahead of the curve.

Faculty

  • Angelo Spinola, Shareholder, Polsinelli

Pricing

Individual Webinar
$29/member | $50/non-member
10-part Series
$199/member | $350/non-member

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Webinars in the Series

May 6: Patient Acceptance and Discharge
May 19: Government Audits and Investigations
Jun 9: HIPAA 101: Back to Basics
Jul 14: Fraud and Abuse: Stark and Anti-kickback Law
Aug 11: Employment Law Issues
Sep 22: Wage & Hour Law
Oct: Survey and Certification: Terminations, Sanctions, Appeals
Oct: Payment Audits and Appeals
Nov: Managed Care Contracting
Dec: Legal Considerations in Mergers and Acquisitions

Emerging Legal Trends in Home Care & Hospice – Part 5

Emerging Legal Trends in Home Care & Hospice
Part 5: Employment Law Issues

Wednesday, August 11, 2021 ; 2:00-3:00pm Eastern

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Please join Polsinelli Shareholder Angelo Spinola for a comprehensive overview of the major employment law issues and practices targeted for litigation in the home-based care industry. This presentation will include a discussion about the recruiting and retention challenges facing the industry and practical solutions for addressing the same, a review of the new OSHA emergency temporary standard and when it applies to home-based care providers, and an overview of the ever changing federal and state laws currently impacting the industry and strategies for complying with the same.

Information on the Series

Beginning in May and continuing through December, NAHC will bring together the top experts in the industry to examine the most important legal topics in home care and hospice.

Home care and hospice is a highly regulated industry, as such, it forces providers to maintain a strong working knowledge of a bewildering array of legal issues just to stay in business — fortunately, NAHC has a solution. This 10-part webinar series offers an in-depth and practical analysis of the key legal topics every home care and hospice executive should understand.

Every part of your organization is impacted by legal and regulatory trends, that’s why we provide insight and guidance for every part of your organization from clinical to finance to legal. These webinars will help your entire organization stay ahead of the curve.

Faculty

  • Angelo Spinola, Shareholder, Polsinelli

Pricing

Individual Webinar
$29/member | $50/non-member
10-part Series
$199/member | $350/non-member

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Webinars in the Series

May 6: Patient Acceptance and Discharge
May 19: Government Audits and Investigations
Jun 9: HIPAA 101: Back to Basics
Jul 14: Fraud and Abuse: Stark and Anti-kickback Law
Aug 11: Employment Law Issues
Sep 22: Wage & Hour Law
Oct: Survey and Certification: Terminations, Sanctions, Appeals
Oct: Payment Audits and Appeals
Nov: Managed Care Contracting
Dec: Legal Considerations in Mergers and Acquisitions

NAHC on OSHA Temporary Standards

NAHC on OSHA Temporary Standards

Thursday, July 1, 2021 ; 3:00-4:00pm Eastern

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its COVID -19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) in the Federal Register on June 21, 2021. The ETS applies to all health care settings and outlines requirements for employers to ensure employees have a safe working environment. Covered entities must comply with the standards within 14 days (30 days for some) of the publication in the Federal Register. This presentation will review all the standards and their application to the home care setting.

Faculty

Mary Carr, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, National Association for Home Care & Hospice

Registration Fees

Member: Free
Non-member: $99

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HHFMA Innovations: The Smart Home in Healthcare

HHFMA Innovations Webinar Series
The Smart Home in Healthcare

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 ; 2:00-3:00pm Eastern

(This is a recorded event and must be accessed via a computer or mobile device.
A dial-in number will not be provided)

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Though the concept of ‘smart home’ technology has been around a while, it can still be considered ‘innovation’ as the technology itself is ever-evolving. The question now is how do we optimize this technology to improve an individual’s ability to remain safely at home? Join NAHC and HHFMA as we explain how smart home technology works, describe the top 3 areas in which smart home technology can benefit persons remaining in their own home, and hear examples of smart home technology applications for healthcare practice in the home.

Faculty:

  • Karen Vance, Senior Managing Consultant, BKD
  • Christine L. Fraser-Lee, OTR/L, LSVT BIG certified, Atrio Homecare
  • Ryan Herd, CEO, Caregiver Smart Solutions
  • Monika Lukasiewicz, OTR/L, Home Health Occupational Therapist, BAYADA
  • Monique Chabot, OTD, OTR/L, SCEM, CLIPP, CAPS, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, Thomas Jefferson University

Moderator:

  • Amy Guberman, MPM, Director of Education, NAHC

Registration Fees

Member: Free
Non-member: $99

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(This is a recorded event and must be accessed via a computer or mobile device.
A dial-in number will not be provided)

Emerging Legal Trends in Home Care & Hospice – Part 4

Emerging Legal Trends in Home Care & Hospice
Part 4: Fraud and Abuse: Stark and Anti-kickback Law

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 ; 2:00-3:00pm Eastern

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Two key federal laws regulate the financial relationships between agencies referral sources: the Anti-Kickback Statute and the Stark Law. After a refresher on the scope and applicability of these laws, this session will provide guidance on how to structure relationships with referring physicians, how to compensate sales and marketing personnel, and how to interact with hospital discharge planners, among others. Government enforcement in these areas makes headlines daily, making participation in this session all the more important.

Information on the Series

Beginning in May and continuing through December, NAHC will bring together the top experts in the industry to examine the most important legal topics in home care and hospice.

Home care and hospice is a highly regulated industry, as such, it forces providers to maintain a strong working knowledge of a bewildering array of legal issues just to stay in business — fortunately, NAHC has a solution. This 10-part webinar series offers an in-depth and practical analysis of the key legal topics every home care and hospice executive should understand.

Every part of your organization is impacted by legal and regulatory trends, that’s why we provide insight and guidance for every part of your organization from clinical to finance to legal. These webinars will help your entire organization stay ahead of the curve.

Faculty

  • Jennifer D. Burgar., Associate, Arnall Golden Gregory LLP

Pricing

Individual Webinar
$29/member | $50/non-member
10-part Series
$199/member | $350/non-member

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Webinars in the Series

May 6: Patient Acceptance and Discharge
May 19: Government Audits and Investigations
Jun 9: HIPAA 101: Back to Basics
Jul 14: Fraud and Abuse: Stark and Anti-kickback Law
Aug 11: Employment Law Issues
Sep 22: Wage & Hour Law
Oct: Survey and Certification: Terminations, Sanctions, Appeals
Oct: Payment Audits and Appeals
Nov: Managed Care Contracting
Dec: Legal Considerations in Mergers and Acquisitions

Emerging Legal Trends in Home Care & Hospice – Part 3

Emerging Legal Trends in Home Care & Hospice
Part 3: HIPAA 101: Back to Basics

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 ; 1:00-2:00pm Eastern

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Whether you are new to HIPAA or just need a refresher, this session will provide an overview of the HIPAA regulations, with an emphasis on areas of enforcement focus, such as patient rights, business associate agreements, security risk assessments, and breach investigation and reporting.

Information on the Series

Beginning in May and continuing through December, NAHC will bring together the top experts in the industry to examine the most important legal topics in home care and hospice.

Home care and hospice is a highly regulated industry, as such, it forces providers to maintain a strong working knowledge of a bewildering array of legal issues just to stay in business — fortunately, NAHC has a solution. This 10-part webinar series offers an in-depth and practical analysis of the key legal topics every home care and hospice executive should understand.

Every part of your organization is impacted by legal and regulatory trends, that’s why we provide insight and guidance for everyone in your organization from clinical to finance to legal. These webinars will help your entire organization stay ahead of the curve.

Faculty

  • Madison Pool, Esq., Associate, Arnall Golden Gregory LLP

Pricing

Individual Webinar
$29/member | $50/non-member
10-part Series
$199/member | $350/non-member

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Webinars in the Series

May 6: Patient Acceptance and Discharge
May 19: Government Audits and Investigations
Jun 9: HIPAA 101: Back to Basics
Jul 14: Fraud and Abuse: Stark and Anti-kickback Law
Sep: Employment Law Issues
Sep: Wage & Hour Law
Oct: Survey and Certification: Terminations, Sanctions, Appeals
Oct: Payment Audits and Appeals
Nov: Managed Care Contracting
Dec: Legal Considerations in Mergers and Acquisitions

Emerging Legal Trends in Home Care & Hospice – Part 1

Emerging Legal Trends in Home Care & Hospice
Part 1: Patient Acceptance & Discharge

Thursday, May 6, 2021 ; 1:00-2:00pm Eastern

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Beginning in May and continuing through December, NAHC is bringing together the top experts in the industry to examine the most important legal topics in home care and hospice.

Home care and hospice is a highly regulated industry, as such, it forces providers to maintain a strong working knowledge of a bewildering array of legal issues just to stay in business — fortunately, NAHC has a solution. This 10-part webinar series offers an in-depth and practical analysis of the key legal topics every home care and hospice executive should understand.

Every part of your organization is impacted by legal and regulatory trends, that’s why we provide insight and guidance for every part of your organization from clinical to finance to legal. These webinars will help your entire organization stay ahead of the curve.

Faculty

  • Bill Dombi, Esq., President, NAHC

Pricing

Individual Webinar:
$29/member | $50/non-member
10-part Series:
$199/member | $350/non-member

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Webinars in the Series

May 6: Patient Acceptance and Discharge
May 19: Dealing with an Investigation—OIG, FBI, etc.
Jun 9: HIPAA 101/Refresher
Jun: Fraud and Abuse: Stark and Anti-kickback Law
Jul: Employment Law Issues
Aug: Wage & Hour Law
Sep: Survey and Certification: Terminations, Sanctions, Appeals
Oct: Payment Audits and Appeals
Nov: Managed Care Contracting
Dec: Legal Considerations in Mergers and Acquisitions

 

Emerging Legal Trends in Home Care & Hospice – Part 2

Emerging Legal Trends in Home Care & Hospice
Part 2: Government Audits and Investigations

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 ; 2:00-3:00pm Eastern

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It’s no longer a question of “if” you will be subject to a government audit or investigation, merely a question of “when.” So, prepare now to mitigate the damage and help avoid (or at least prolong) the inevitable. Unchecked billing errors can literally threaten the very existence of your organization. Learn what auditors will be looking for and how you can respond both in advance and during an investigation, whether it’s the OIG, DOJ, UPIC, ADR, or one of the many other alphabet soup agencies who may come knocking.

Information on the Series

Beginning in May and continuing through December, NAHC will bring together the top experts in the industry to examine the most important legal topics in home care and hospice.

Home care and hospice is a highly regulated industry, as such, it forces providers to maintain a strong working knowledge of a bewildering array of legal issues just to stay in business — fortunately, NAHC has a solution. This 10-part webinar series offers an in-depth and practical analysis of the key legal topics every home care and hospice executive should understand.

Every part of your organization is impacted by legal and regulatory trends, that’s why we provide insight and guidance for everyone in your organization from clinical to finance to legal. These webinars will help your entire organization stay ahead of the curve.

Faculty

  • Jason Bring, Esq., Partner, Arnall Golden Gregory LLP

Pricing

Individual Webinar:
$29/member | $50/non-member
10-part Series:
$199/member | $350/non-member

Register for Webinar Register for Series

Webinars in the Series

May 6: Patient Acceptance and Discharge
May 19: Government Audits and Investigations
Jun 9: HIPAA 101: Back to Basics
Jul 14: Fraud and Abuse: Stark and Anti-kickback Law
Sep: Employment Law Issues
Sep: Wage & Hour Law
Oct: Survey and Certification: Terminations, Sanctions, Appeals
Oct: Payment Audits and Appeals
Nov: Managed Care Contracting
Dec: Legal Considerations in Mergers and Acquisitions