Documentation of Relatedness and Its Role in Payment-Related Scrutiny
Includes a Live Web Event on 10/19/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)
Relatedness and medication coverage is a hot topic in the hospice world currently. Audits regarding medications are a common frustration for hospices now and documentation is the key to navigating this frustration. Documentation surrounding relatedness must common from the hospice physician. This webinar, by Dr. Lauren Templeton, a practicing hospice physician and physician consultation with Weatherbee Resources will review the current climate of relatedness in payment-related scrutiny and what your physician needs to know to document in a manner that substantiates the hospice’s position on medication coverage.
Lauren Templeton, DO HMDC
Dr. Lauren Templeton is a certified hospice medical director working at a Texas hospice since 2014 and as a physician consultant with Weatherbee Resources since 2017. She has specialized in hospice and palliative medicine since 2011.
In her hospice medical director role, she assists with compliance, quality improvement, and documentation review. She continues to participate in clinical care managing hospice patients in both the home care and inpatient setting. Dr. Templeton also serves as associate medical director for the Palliative Care Department at a local medical center as well as serving on the foundation board, medical executive committee, and ethics committee at the same facility.
As a Physician Consultant with Weatherbee Resources, Dr. Templeton assists hospice providers and physicians with education, coaching, and mentoring for hospice physicians, auditing physician and other clinical record documentation (e.g., thoroughness and appropriateness with regard to hospice eligibility; compliance with regulatory requirements; appropriateness with regard to coverage determinations; etc.), and record review or expert witness testimony on legal matters involving patient eligibility.
Dr. Templeton graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts and received her doctor of osteopathy from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2009. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine and is board certified with the American College of Osteopathic Internists. She completed a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Texas Tech University and became board certified in hospice and palliative medicine in 2013. She obtained additional certification with the Hospice Medical Director Certification Board in 2018. Dr. Templeton also serves as a current member of the NHPCO Regulatory Committee.