Hospice Physician Compliance Conference - January 2024

Recorded On: 01/26/2024

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.

Log in 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 Zoom link, workbook download, evaluation, continuing education certificate, and recordings. 

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REGISTRATION FEE: $895 per person includes: 

  • Zoom link
  • PDF workbook
  • Continuing Medical Education (physicians)
  • Recordings

DISCOUNTS:

  • Physicians registering for the initial Hospice Medical Certification exam can receive a 10% discount code from HMDCB. Email info@hmdcb.org
  • 5% for groups of 5 or more from same hospice organization
  • 10% for Hospice Compliance Network / HCN members
  • Call (866) 969-7124 or email info@weatherbeeresources.com
  • Discounts cannot be combined

ACCESS: recordings, workbook download, evaluation, and certificate access is available through March 15, 2024.

WORKBOOK: An email will be sent to all registrants when the workbook is ready for download. Or, log into your education portal account one week prior to start date for this event and click on the Workbook tab. Save to a device or print. A color version and black & white version are available. Color is not required.

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

CONTINUING EDUCATION: log into the Education Portal after event completion to access evaluation and certificates.

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In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Relias LLC and Weatherbee Resources. 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 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™️. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Criteria for Judging Successful Completion: Participants will only receive CE 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 automatically generate for the participant to print/save.

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

Note: To ensure the integrity of the exam content no members of HMDCB’s Exam Committee were involved in the development or delivery of the education for this event.

Hospice Compliance Network |  LCD Pocket Pal

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.

Colleen O'Keefe, RN

Senior Consultant & Project Specialist

Colleen O’Keefe is the Senior Project Specialist for Weatherbee Resources. Colleen has served as an RN Case Manager, Supervisor for a Continuous Home Care team, Clinical Educator, and Compliance Officer. Her clinical, regulatory, and leadership expertise allows her to deliver uncompromising consulting services.

As a Senior Consultant & Project Specialist with Weatherbee Resources, Colleen conducts clinical record audits for hospice organizations facing Additional Development Requests, writes independent expert cover letters to support technical and clinical eligibility for hospice care, and provides assistance and guidance throughout the appeals process. Colleen conducts comprehensive baseline assessment audits and mock surveys to assess regulatory compliance and identify potential risk exposures, and devises action plans to address problem areas. She also conducts education for hospice organizations across the country. Colleen also has experience and expertise in conducting investigations for hospices facing payment-related scrutiny by governmental agencies.

Colleen is a registered nurse and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.

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 / Hospice Medical Director Certification Board / 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: Executive Directors, Hospice Medical Directors and Team Physicians, Clinical Managers, Corporate Compliance Officers, QAPI Coordinators, the Interdisciplinary Group, and others. 

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 / Relias, LLC have a grievance policy in place to facilitate reports of dissatisfaction. Weatherbee Resources / 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 / 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.

Agenda subject to change

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