How to Better Manage Physician Services in Hospice
Recorded On: 10/16/2019
The hospice physician role has never been more important in the hospice field with the increasing demands of payment related scrutiny. In addition to being the leader of the interdisciplinary group, the hospice physician should be an asset to the clinical record in leading determination of eligibility, relatedness, clinical care and discharge if necessary. Excellent physician documentation is an asset to the hospice clinical record and poor documentation, or lack thereof, can be harmful to the clinical record. This webinar is designed to discuss opportunities for engagement of the hospice physician in driving compliance, clinical care and ultimately withstanding payment related scrutiny.
Topics covered in this webinar include:
- Clarifying the physician role in determination of eligibility, relatedness and medical coverage
- Opportunities to drive clinical care and lead the interdisciplinary group
- Physician involvement in auditing process
Lauren Templeton, D.O., HMDC
Dr. Lauren Templeton, a Physician Consultant with Weatherbee Resources since 2017, has over 8 years of physician experience with 4 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. She also serves as associate medical director for the Palliative Care Department at a local medical center, as well as, serving on the 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 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.
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