Hospice Physician Billing: Compliance & Regulations

Includes a Live Web Event on 04/25/2024 at 10:00 AM (EDT)

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. 

Login or account creation is required for all registrants (LEARNER'S email / regardless of payment method / company address requested).

This Education Portal and user's My Dashboard will be used to access to Zoom link, workbook download, evaluation, continuing education certificate, and recordings.

DATE: Thursday, April 25, 2024

TIME: 10am to 5:35pm ET

REGISTRATION FEE: $849 per person includes:

  • PDF workbook
  • Zoom link & sign-in
  • continuing education (physicians)
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DISCOUNTS:

  • 5% for groups of 5-9 from same organization
  • 10% for groups of 10-14 from same organization
  • 15% for groups of 15-19 from same organization
  • Call (866) 969-7124 or email info@weatherbeeresources.com for discount code and groups larger than 15 persons
  • Discounts cannot be combined

SPACE: unlimited registrants

CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellation must be made prior to start time. Transfer or substitution of another person from your hospice for same event is no charge. No shows are non-refundable.

WORKBOOK: An email will be sent to all registrants when the workbook is ready for download. Or, log into the Education Portal and My Dashboard one week prior to start date for this event and click on the Workbook tab. Save to a device or print (recommend 2-sided printing, coil or three-ring binding). A color version and black & white version are available. Color is not required.

ZOOM: Log into the Education Portal 15 minutes or less prior to 10am ET start time. Click on My Dashboard and bold event title / link and Join Event or click Zoom link.

ACCESS: recordings, workbook download, evaluation, and certificate access available through June 14, 2024.

CONTINUING EDUCATION: for physicians and nurses is included. Log into the Education Portal after event completion. Click on My Dashboard and bold event title / link to access evaluation and certificate (available only after completing the evaluation).

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In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Relias LLC, Weatherbee Resources, and Acevedo Consulting, Inc. Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCNE), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. 

 Relias LLC designates this live/real time event for a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™️. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

6.25 Nurse Practitioner ANCC contact hours will be awarded to nurse practitioner participants who meet the criteria for successful completion.

Criteria for Judging Successful Completion: Participants will only receive continuing education credit if they sign-in and remain present for the entire conference. Partial credit will not be given. Once the conference is over, the participant will be required to complete an online evaluation. Once the participant completes the conference evaluation, a certificate will be available for the participant to print/save.

Please be advised that the List of Attendees for each activity is forwarded to accrediting bodies for verification in the event of a continuing education audit.

Our Continuing Education Sponsor

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Carrie Cooley, RN, MSN

Principal, Weatherbee Resources

Weatherbee Resources

Carrie Cooley is the Principal of Weatherbee Resources. Carrie joined Weatherbee in 2009 as an Associate Consultant and was hired as the Consulting Coordinator in 2012. In 2014, Carrie was promoted to Director of the Consulting Division and in July 2015, she assumed the COO position. In 2021 Carrie assumed sole ownership of Weatherbee Resources. Her operational, clinical, and regulatory expertise has been instrumental in her professional growth with Weatherbee and in serving Weatherbee's clients. 

As the Principal of Weatherbee Resources, she leads the strategic growth initiatives for Weatherbee, providing invaluable expertise to individual hospices and the entire field. Carrie's mission is to prepare and support hospices navigating the ever-changing regulatory hospice environment. Carrie and the Weatherbee team focus on delivering consulting services and education that is specifically tailored to meet each client's individual needs. 

Carrie's regulatory expertise and extensive consulting experience includes forensic clinical record auditing, baseline compliance audits/mock surveys, interim management, clinical due diligence, and executive coaching. Carrie also works directly with clients' legal counsel in preparation for arbitration and other hearings; she serves as an expert witness. Weatherbee also works extensively with clients who are under a Corporate Integrity Agreement (CIA); Carrie and the Consulting team manage the Independent Review Organization (IRO) audit activities required by the Office of Inspector General (OIG). Carrie's excellent rapport with executives and staff alike – coupled with her regulatory and clinical acumen, and knowledge of best practices – assures excellent consulting outcomes. 

Under Carrie's leadership, Weatherbee has assisted hundreds of clients under investigation by Zone Program Integrity Contractors (ZPIC), Benefit Integrity Support Centers (BISC), Recovery Auditors (RA), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and OIG.  

As a member of Weatherbee's Speaker's Bureau, Carrie teaches a broad range of hospice, regulatory, and leadership-related topics nationally and is a member of the faculty for Weatherbee's renowned Hospice Regulatory Boot Camps. Carrie also frequently speaks at state and national hospice conferences on compliance-related topics.

Carrie is a registered nurse and holds a Master's degree from Samford University with a specialty in nursing leadership and healthcare finance.

This speaker has nothing to disclose.

Lauren Templeton, DO FAAHPM HMDC

Physician Consultant

Weatherbee Resources

Dr. Lauren Templeton has been a Physician Consultant with Weatherbee Resources since 2017. As a physician since 2009 and a hospice and palliative medicine physician since 2012, Dr. Templeton began her career in internal medicine, but soon thereafter was drawn to end-of-life care due to its overall philosophy and her passion for ensuring a dignified death for her patients. As a hospice medical director and Hospice Medical Director Certified physician, she is perfectly positioned to assist your hospice physicians with compliance education!

Dr. Templeton currently works in hospice as the medical director for a medium size not-for-profit hospice based in Texas. In this 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.

She 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 for the same facility.

Dr. Templeton’s mission is to help support hospices by educating on the role of the hospice medical director from a regulatory and clinical perspective. She has served as a task force member and item writer for the Hospice Medical Director Certification Board from which she is certified. She continues a robust educational program within her own hospice program and is a regular speaker with the Texas New Mexico Hospice Organization.

As an advocate of the hospice benefit and speaks to groups such as the Alzheimer’s Association about hospice care and currently serves as a member of the NHPCO Regulatory Committee assisting in advocating for hospice providers across the country.

This speaker has nothing to disclose.

Jean Acevedo, LHRM, CPC, CHC, CENTC, AAPC Fellow

President and Senior Consultant

Acevedo Consulting, Inc.

Jean Acevedo*, LHRM, CPC, CHC, CENTC, has over 30 years of health care experience and founded Acevedo Consulting in 2000. Her CENTC designation was bestowed on her as she served on the AAPC Steering Committee that wrote the ENT coding examination. She has a particular expertise in chart audits, compliance and education relative to physician documentation and coding. Jean has also been an expert witness in civil litigation and an investigative consultant for the DOJ and FBI in Federal fraud cases having been officially designated by the courts as an expert in physician documentation and coding.

Recognizing physician reimbursement is moving from a pure “fee for service” model to one reimbursing for quality and value, her firm is helping physician organizations understand the rules and nuances of diagnosis coding and its impact on Medicare Risk Adjustment (MRA) coding.

Jean was an instructor at Florida Atlantic University where she taught the regulatory compliance modules of FAU’s Certificate in Medical Business Management program for 15 years, and a member of several Coding Institute Editorial Advisory Boards. Jean has been a Participant in CMS’ Medicare Provider Feedback Group, CMS Division of Provider Information Planning and Development since 2007, and is a member of the Jurisdiction 9 MAC’s Provider Outreach and Education Advisory Group. She  has been an annual guest lecturer on documentation and reimbursement at FAU’s DNP program since 2015.

She is a frequently sought after speaker as she possesses the unique perspective of avoiding risk and liability while optimizing reimbursement in our highly regulated health care industry.

*Health Care Risk Manager, Certified Professional Coder, Certified in Healthcare Compliance, Certified ENT Coder and, due to her extensive work with the AAPC, was given the designation of AAPC Fellow.

This speaker has nothing to disclose.

Christopher P Acevedo, CHC

Chief Operating Officer

Acevedo Consulting, Inc.

Christopher Acevedo is the Chief Operating Officer for Acevedo Consulting Incorporated (ACI). Mr. Acevedo is a healthcare industry veteran with over 18 years of expertise in combining the unique perspective of avoiding physician risk and liability with opportunities for optimizing reimbursement. 

Chris currently serves as the Healthcare Compliance Officer for Barry University, is frequently called on as expert witness on medical coding and physician documentation disputes with third-party payers and as a Litigative Consultant for the United States Attorneys’ Office (USAO). Additionally he spent a number of years as Vice President of Physician Operations for the Nation’s largest privately held hospice as well as the Chief Operating Officer of the largest multi-state provider of palliative care services in the United States. In these roles he was responsible for day-to-day operations, strategic growth, oversight of clinical integration and excellence, financial performance and operational efficiencies. 

Mr. Acevedo remains a highly sought after lecturer and his expertise in building highly integrated palliative care partnerships has been integral in transforming the way healthcare is delivered to the most vulnerable of patient populations. 

Beyond Christopher's professional accomplishments, he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling to watch his son play lacrosse, and relaxing with his dogs.

This speaker has nothing to disclose.

None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Weatherbee Resources / Acevedo Consulting / Relias, LLC will be transparent in disclosing if any sponsorship or joint providership is present prior to the learner completing the course.

FOR THOSE SEEKING CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT:  Criteria for Judging Successful Completion - Participants will only receive CE credit if they sign in and remain present for the entire educational event. Partial credit will not be given.

Once the conference is over, the participant will be required to complete an online evaluation. Once the participant completes the evaluation, a certificate will be available for the participant to print/download/save.

TARGET AUDIENCE: The target audience for this course is: Hospice Medical Directors and Team Physicians, Corporate Compliance Officers, Billing/Coding staff.

DISABILITY STATEMENT: If you require special accommodations to complete this training, please contact Weatherbee Resources by calling (866) 969-7124 or emailing info@weatherbeeresources.com or contact a faculty or staff member.

GRIEVANCES: Weatherbee Resources / Acevedo Consulting, Inc. / Relias, LLC have a grievance policy in place to facilitate reports of dissatisfaction. Weatherbee Resources / Acevedo Consulting / Relias, LLC will make every effort to resolve each grievance in a mutually satisfactory manner. To report a complaint or grievance, please contact Weatherbee Resources by calling (866) 969-7124 or emailing info@weatherbeeresources.com or contact a faculty or staff member.

All courses offered by Weatherbee Resources / Acevedo Consulting / Relias, LLC are developed from a foundation of diversity, inclusiveness, and a multicultural perspective. Knowledge, values and awareness related to cultural competency are infused throughout the course content.