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PHYSICIANS and
NURSE PRACTITIONERS

Resources, education, and information for the Hospice Physician & Nurse Practitioner.

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Hospice Physician Compliance Conference ... 

This all-day event will provide the hospice physician with a comprehensive regulatory foundation of the Medicare Hospice Benefit. This foundation is essential for hospice physician leadership and engagement in hospice compliance. This course is applicable to all hospice physicians including those new to hospice, preparing for Initial HMDC Certification, or seasoned physicians looking to re-engage with their organization. However, this course is specifically designed to catapult new hospice physicians into the complexities of hospice regulations while providing guidance on best practices to ensure compliance and payment..

  • Friday, January 26, 2024 or

  • Friday, July 12, 2024

Hospice Physician Documentation Clinic Series ... three 3-part sessions

Three 90-minute clinics focused on documentation strategies specifically designed for the hospice physician to address regulatory knowledge gaps surrounding technical and clinical eligibility for payment (Conditions for Coverage/Payment). Enhancement of the physician’s documentation of the written Certification/Recertification of Terminal Illness, correct use of hospice assessment tools, and creating compelling and compliant documentation to ensure payment are presented. This course has a documentation emphasis while integrating the basics of eligibility and compliance. If a hospice physician is struggling to draft strong physician narrative statements, this course is a great place to start! 

  • Fridays, February 2, 9, and 16, 2024 or

  • Fridays, May 3, 10, and 17, 2024 or

  • Fridays, November 8, 15, and 22, 2024

Nurse Practitioner Documentation Clinic ...

Focusing on enhancement of the Nurse Practitioner’s clinical assessment and documentation of the Face-to-Face Encounter (F2FE), this one-day course delineates the roles of the nurse practitioner and the hospice physician. This course will include an in-depth review of disease trajectories, Local Coverage Determination (LCD) guidelines, and hospice assessment tools and how to include these elements in the F2FE documentation to assist the certifying physician in making a strong prognostication decision. This course is designed to share best practice documentation tips to ensure F2FE documentation enhances the patient’s clinical record and serves as a great tool for the recertifying physician.

  • Friday, April 12, 2024 or

  • Friday, June 14, 2024 or

  • Friday, December 13, 2024

The GIP Intensive ...

Use of the General Inpatient (GIP) Level of Care is high on CMS’ radar where hospices are evaluated on both the lack of provision or excessive provision of this higher level of care. This course will provide guidance on appropriate utilization, documentation and billing of GIP care, while also offering strategies for strengthening your hospice’s GIP practice. Hospice medical directors, hospice physicians, nurse practitioners, and hospice administration should not miss this intensive course designed to maximize hospice GIP compliance. 

  • Friday, August 2, 2024

Hospice Physician Billing Conference ...

Heightened scrutiny of hospice billing practices is here to stay. How will your provider billing stand up? This all-day event will explain the regulations surrounding hospice physician and nurse practitioner billing practices, technical requirements (Conditions for Payment), billing codes and CPT modifiers, level of care, and much more. This course is essential for hospices who are providing billable visits and will allow hospice physicians to achieve excellent documentation of eligibility and the level care while also achieving maximum billing potential for medically necessary visits. Brought to you by two hospice industry leaders and subject-matter experts ... Acevedo Consulting, Inc. and Weatherbee Resources.

  • Thursday, April 25, 2024

Hospice Audit Survival Training ...

Payment-related audits from CMS contractors pose the greatest financial risk to hospice providers today. However, many hospices remain ill-equipped to properly respond to these audits (e.g., Targeted Probe and Educate (TPE), Supplemental Medical Review Contractor (SMRC), or Unified Program Integrity Contractor (UPIC) audits, etc.) and mitigate payment-related denials during the Medicare appeals process. In this course, the teams from Weatherbee Resources and the Hospice Medical Director Certification Board (HMDCB) will take a deep dive into the most prevalent audits and share a step-by-step plan to ensure a timely and comprehensive response from initial clinical record submission to the provision of expert witness testimony at the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) appeal level or beyond. This course is designed for hospice leaders, medical directors, hospice physicians, clinical managers, compliance officers, and billing personnel.  

  • Friday, October 18, 2024

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Hospice Regulatory Boot Camp
Virtual or Live options

A three-day dive into the regulatory requirements for technical eligibility using three case studies. Topics include Medical Director Engagement, Secondary Conditions, and Related Co-morbidities; Compliant Care Plans and IDG Meetings, Hospice PEPPER, and much more! This is excellent for Hospice Medical Directors to get an immersion into the Medicare Hospice Benefit. 

  • Monday-Wednesday, March 18-20, 2024

  • Monday-Wednesday, June 3-5, 2024 - Memphis, TN

  • Monday-Wednesday, September 9-11, 2024 - Virtual

  • Monday-Wednesday, December 2-4, 2024 - Las Vegas, NV

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Hospice Check Up with Dr. Templeton

Hospice Billing & Compliance ... Faculty: Lauren Templeton DO FAAHPM HMDC and Carrie Cooley, Principal, Weatherbee Resources & Jean Acevedo and Chris Acevedo 

Weatherbee Resources and Acevedo Consulting, Inc., are coming together again to bring the hospice practitioner relevant and timely information on compliant billing and regulations for hospice and palliative care.

  • Click here to hear from Dr. Lauren Templeton & Chris Acevedo

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Compliance Corner with Carrie Cooley

Nurse Practitioners! Join Carrie Cooley, RN MSN, and faculty for a Documentation Clinic with emphasis on the Face-to-Face encounter.

We'll cover your role, the four disease trajectories, incorporating LCD guidelines, hospice assessment tools, and documentation strategies.

  • Your invite from Carrie here!

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Additional Resources for Education Participants

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