Hospice Contracted Services
Includes a Live Event on 06/19/2019 at 2:00 PM (EDT)
Tapping into resources such as therapy, nutrition, and other services to meet individual patient needs
Meg Pekarske (Moderator)
As chair of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren's Hospice and Palliative Care Practice Group, Meg Pekarske manages the firm’s hospice practice. Meg has devoted her legal practice to serving the ever-changing legal needs of the hospice industry.
In working day in and day out with hospice clients across the country, Meg is intimately familiar with the operational challenges of hospices and has the experience to address the full spectrum of legal issues facing the industry, from routine regulatory compliance issues to multi-million dollar Zone Program Integrity Contractor (ZPIC), Medicaid and other government audits.
Additionally, Meg routinely advises hospices on palliative care program development, innovative inpatient unit structures, fraud investigations and a wide range of contracting issues. With an extensive background in long-term care, Meg brings a unique perspective and skill set to helping hospices create successful partnerships with nursing homes and assisted living facilities and providing quality end-of-life care to patients.
Meg is a frequent speaker on both a national and a statewide level on a broad array of health care issues. She regularly presents at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA), LeadingAge of Wisconsin (formerly known as WAHSA), the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA), and HOPE of Wisconsin conferences on emerging legal and regulatory hospice issues. She has worked closely with NHPCO on hospice and nursing home interface issues and served on the Nursing Home Task Force of HOPE of Wisconsin (State hospice association).
Karla Pinkerton (Moderator)
Karla Hutton Pinkerton is an attorney in Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren’s Health Care Practice where she primarily works with the Hospice and Palliative Care Practice Group. She has experience working with clients involved in a wide range of hospice-related matters from day-to-day regulatory and contracting issues to assisting in a variety of audit appeals. Karla also frequently assists hospices in evaluating complex repayment and compliance matters.
With a Master’s in Public Health and a law degree with a certificate in health law, Karla brings an understanding of the complexities surrounding the provision, payment and regulation of health care. Through personal experience and her time at Reinhart, Karla has gained an understanding and appreciation of hospice operations and is dedicated to offering creative solutions to an array of legal and compliance matters.