Calendar & Registration

Event: Hospice Intensive 2020 Seminar

June 12,2020
**This seminar will be held via Zoom**



Speakers & Outcomes:
Part One: Hospice Regulatory and Quality Reporting Update – Melissa D. Ring, MSN, BA, RN – NHPCO

1.  Review the 2020 federal healthcare landscape including MA carve in, fraud and abuse monitoring, audits, and Medicare survey deficiencies.

  1. List and explain regulatory and quality reporting topics information with detail from the CMS FY 2020 Hospice Wage Index final rule.
  2. Describe resources for monitoring hospice regulatory and quality reporting updates.

Melissa “Missy” Ring, MSN RN, is the Director of Regulatory and Compliance at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. With more than 15 years of hospice palliative care experience, Missy has worked in hospital, community based, national, and integrated health systems in both profit and nonprofit organizations. Missy brings vast experience in nursing, regulatory and compliance, quality and standards, operations, administration, and patient safety to her work at NHPCO. She has a Master of Science in Nursing – Leadership from Jefferson College of Health Sciences, and a Bachelor of Arts -Concentration on Business Administration from Mary Baldwin College.
Part Two: Hospice Quality Reporting (HQRP) Workshop:  Improving Score and Ensuring Compliance – Anna Alvarez, Senior Manager on our Simione Regulatory and Quality Consulting Team
      1.  Describe the measure specifications for the HIS and CAHPS Hospice measures that are used in Hospice Compare.

  1. Describe how to relate HIS and CAHPS Hospice measure scores to areas of practice.
  2. Formulate a strategy for performance improvement specific to your hospice measure scores and HIS submission processes.

Anna serves as a Senior Manager in Operations Consulting, supporting clinical activities to meet the needs of clients involved in quality   management and operations improvement. A resident of Florida, she has more than 25 years of nursing and leadership experience in home care and hospice operations, consulting, rehabilitation management and acute care, including oversight of multi-site clinical operations and responsibilities ranging from quality and acquisitions to revenue cycle, cross-continuum program development, patient satisfaction and staff development.
Part Three: Hot Button Hospice Billing/ADR/CERT/ZPIC/UPIC Audits – M. Aaron Little, CPA, Managing Director – BKD
       1. Discuss the latest insights that they need to return to their organizations to navigate Hospice compliance (billing, ADR, CERT, ZPIC, UPIC).

  1. Define strategies to build a compliance-centric organization and recommendations for implementation of these strategies amid a compliance-driven industry.
  2. Describe resources for monitoring hospice regulatory and quality reporting updates.
    Aaron is a leading national home care and hospice consultant, He has a CPA with over 20 years of experience with BKD, LLP.  He routinely performs general financial and operational consulting services for home care and hospice organizations, including operations and compliance assessments, benchmarking, and Medicare cost report preparation.  He also oversees the operations of BKD’s revenue cycle services, which manages the revenue cycle operations for more than 100 home care, hospice, and senior living organizations.

Part Four: Legal/Compliance/Fraud/Abuse Issues & Legal Case Studies – Jason Bring, Partner – Arnall Golden Gregory LLP Attorneys at Law
1.  Review an audit preparedness plan & types of auditors.

  1. Review OIG workplans and reports.
  2. Outline trends in government investigations and audits of hospices through UPICs & ZPICs cases.

Jason is Co-Chair of the firm’s Post-Acute Care Team and is a member of the firm’s Healthcare and Litigation Groups. Mr. Bring also serves as Chair of the Post-Acute and Long-Term Services Practice Group of the American Health Lawyers Association, the nation’s leading largest educational organization devoted to legal issues in the healthcare field. Locally, Mr. Bring serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Mr. Bring represents nursing homes, hospitals, hospices, and other institutional providers in litigation, governmental investigations, regulatory compliance, and administrative disputes. In addition to counseling clients, Mr. Bring defends providers in False Claims Act (whistleblower) cases and investigations nationally; defends nursing homes against liability claims throughout the southeast; represents providers in certificate of need (CON) matters; and pursues administrative appeals on behalf of      providers to recover and maximize reimbursement under the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Mr. Bring also assists several health care associations with legislative matters and appellate amicus briefs, including the Georgia Hospital  Association, the Georgia Health Care      Association, and the Georgia Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

The cost for this seminar is $250.00 for members & $300.00 for non-members.
A $25 late fee will apply after June 3rd, 2020.
There are no refunds,  however substitutions are welcome.
Registration will begin at 8am.
This seminar provides 6.5 Social Worker CE hours.
This seminar provides 6.5 Nurses CE hours.
Upon completion of this course each attendee will be required to complete an evaluation. Each participant will then receive a certificate. Each attendee must complete the entire course to receive CE credits. Certificates will be distributed to attendees upon signing out of the seminar. For any questions or concerns please contact Crystal at

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by AXIS Medical Education and Missouri Hospice & Palliative Care Association. AXIS Medical Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation for Nursing: AXIS Medical Education designates this continuing nursing education activity for 6.5 contact hours. Learners are advised that accredited status does not imply endorsement by the provider or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with an activity.

For information about the accreditation of this program please contact AXIS at

AXIS Medical Education requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals and their spouse/life partner who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified  conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted by AXIS for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies   mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and appropriateness of patient care   recommendations.

The faculty, Melissa D. Ring, MSN, BA, RN;  Anna Alvarez; and Jason Bring reported no financial relationships or relationships she or her spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this continuing education activity. M. Aaron Little reported that he is a consultant for BKD, LLC for hospice. The planners, managers, and reviewers Colleen Gilmore RN, MSN, ANP-BC, Crystal Ramsey, Dee Morgillo, M.Ed., MT(ASCP), CHCP, Holly Hampe, D.Sc., RN, MHA, MRM reported no   financial relationships or relationships they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this continuing education activity.

Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information   presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management.  Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed in this  activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of patient conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s  product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

Each attendee will be required to Attend/participate in the educational activity and review all course materials. Complete the CE Declaration form online by 11:59 pm ET July 12, 2020. Instructions will be provided. If you do not enter the online portal by the above date, you will not be able to retrieve your statement of participation. Upon successful completion of the online form, your statement of completion will be presented to you to print.

“Missouri Hospice and Palliative Care Association, #1359, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Missouri Hospice and Palliative Care Association maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 2/28/2020 – 2/28/2023. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.

Social workers participating in this course will receive __6.5__ continuing education clock hours.”