Hospice Physician Compliance Conference - Virtual Event


Weatherbee Resources and the Hospice Medical Director Certification Board (HMDCB®) are partnering together to offer an exciting virtual educational opportunity designed specifically for hospice physicians. The one-day Hospice Physician Compliance Conference will focus on the complex hospice regulatory and compliance requirements and offer in-depth education and case studies to address the knowledge and practice gaps that exist for hospice physicians. The 8-course virtual intensive will be taught by the nation’s leading hospice experts from Weatherbee Resources, including Dr. Lauren Templeton, Carrie Cooley, and Colleen O’Keefe. This education event is specifically designed to tackle the day-to-day clinical, administrative, and compliance challenges faced by hospice physicians across the country.

As an added bonus, the Hospice Physician Compliance Conference is an excellent resource to assist hospice physicians as they prepare for HMDCB’s upcoming Continuing Certification Program (CCP) examination window of September 27 – October 29, 2021. HMDCB CCP-eligible attendees will receive a 15% discount for attending the Hospice Physician Compliance Conference!

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The Hospice Physician Compliance Conference, August 27, 2021 from 8AM - 5PM CT includes the following courses (agenda):

  • Admission: Introduction to Hospice Regulations and Hospice Admission
  • Hospice Care: The Interdisciplinary Group (IDG) and the Role of the Physician
  • A Comprehensive Review of the Local Coverage Determination (LCD) Guidelines
  • Hospice Assessment Tools: Correct Administration and Clinical Record Documentation
  • Higher Levels of Care: General Inpatient (GIP) and Continuous Home Care (CHC) Levels of Care
  • Hospice Eligibility and Physician Certification/Recertification
  • Physician Documentation of the Hospice Patient
  • Mitigation Risk Strategies for the Hospice Physician

The cost of the Hospice Physician Compliance Conference is $795 per person. HMDCB CCP-eligible attendees or current HMDCB certificants will receive a 15% discount code via email. The CME offered for the conference meets HMDCB CCP requirements. No additional discounts will be offered for this conference.

For an additional $200, paid attendees can access the course video recordings available from August 30, 2021, until October 31, 2021. The recordings will be valuable to attendees who are unable to participate in the entire day and/or to assist physicians with HMDCB recertification exam preparation. An email link will be sent to all registrants to purchase the recordings soon after the event. The purchase of the recordings will not be available until after the event has concluded, recordings prepared and uploaded, and the email sent to registrants.

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Weatherbee Resources and HMDCB are honored to partner together for this incredible education event! This education is a must-have for any hospice physician, so please considering joining us for the virtual Hospice Physician Compliance Conference.

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.


In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Relias LLC, Weatherbee Resources and HMDCB. 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 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™️. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Lauren Templeton, DO HMDC

Physician Consultant

Dr. Lauren Templeton, a Physician Consultant with Weatherbee Resources since 2017, has 12 years of physician experience with 8 years specializing in hospice and palliative medicine. 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.

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. 

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 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 speaker with the Texas New Mexico Hospice Organization. Dr. Templeton is an advocate of the hospice benefit and speaks to groups such as the Alzheimer’s Association about hospice care.

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.

Carrie Cooley, RN, MSN

Principal / Chief Executive Officer, Weatherbee Resources

Carrie Cooley is the Principal / Chief Operating Officer with 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. Carrie's operational, clinical, and regulatory expertise has been instrumental in her professional growth with Weatherbee and in serving Weatherbee's clients. 

In her role as COO, Carrie 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.

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.

Agenda for August 27, 2021 from 8 AM - 5 PM Central Time

  • Registration Closed