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HHWN: Hospice 201 – A Deep Dive into the Benefit: Eligibility, Documentation, Reporting, Surveys & Opportunity
Thursday, September 17, 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM PDT
Category: Live Webinar

With the sustained growth in Medicare-eligible recipients, it is critical to stay on top of payment models, participation criteria, documentation requirements, the regulatory environment and rule changes. Ensure your organization is up-to-date and prepared for the foreseeable future.


  • Identify various CMS hospice payment models and participation criteria
  • Distinguish between the three CMS direct contracting payment models
  • Distinguish which Medicare CoPs present a challenge for hospice agency surveys
  • Analyze the hospice consumer population of the future
  • Explain why hospice documentation is critical
  • Recognize and understand potential changes to the hospice cap
  • Identify areas of concern in recent OIG reports to CMS 


There has been an immense increase of Medicare recipients electing the hospice benefit. More baby boomers are becoming Medicare eligible daily, there are CMS payment model reforms, and more than ever, people are choosing to die at home. This is also a time when the OIG continues to recommend greater oversight of hospice providers. What will this mean for hospice and palliative care agencies in 2021?

Join us for a deep dive into the Medicare hospice eligibility benefit and the variety of payment models being introduced. Anticipated changes to the hospice benefit will be covered in-depth, including preparations and reporting. The webinar will also address common regulatory deficiencies and causes and identify which type of documentation is critical for the foreseeable future. 


This informative session is designed for all hospice leadership, including CEOs, directors of patient services, clinical managers, supervisors, medical directors, and board members. Intake staff, business development teams, liaisons, and quality and performance improvement staff will also benefit.


  • Medicare Hospice Benefit Guidelines for Eligibility
  • Value-Based Insurance Design Model Incorporation of the Medicare Hospice Benefit into Medicare Advantage
  • Hospice GIP audit tool
  • OIG Reports – Safeguards Must Be Strengthened To Protect Medicare Hospice Beneficiaries From Harm
  • MedPac – Hospice Deficiencies Pose Risks to Medicare Beneficiaries
  • Update to Hospice Payment Rates, Hospice Cap, Hospice Wage Index and Hospice Pricer for FY 2020 


Kathy Ahearn, RN, BSN, PHN, Ahearn Advisement Partners

Kathy Ahearn has a Bachelor’s in both Nursing and Social Work, and owns Ahearn Advisement Partners.  With over 30 years working and serving the healthcare community the combination of nursing and social work has served her well.  She has worked in a variety of post-acute care settings with an emphasis on home health and hospice, home infusion, homecare, and skilled nursing as a PICC and compliance expert.  Kathy has a unique ability to identify agency challenges and opportunities, quickly providing education, support, and mentoring to organizations, guiding them to a new level of operation. 

Kathy helped develop pain scales to standardize assessment with the American Pain Society and the Joint Commission, which lead to identifying pain as the 5th vital sign.  She was a trailblazer in the retail pharmacy world introducing the Joint Commission to the retail setting for disease state accreditation and reimbursement.  In addition to developing manuals and policies, Kathy expanded into medical device as a Managed Care Director developing one of the first real-time cloud-based disease specific software programs to assist patients, clinicians, and managed care organizations improve outcomes and collect data.  

Kathy began healthcare work due to a disabled parent and later a child living with chronic disease state.  She has experienced healthcare professionally and personally, dedicating her life to it and to working as a change agent for the betterment of all served.

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