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Painting the "Relatedness" Picture: Strategies for Successful Hospice Clinical Operations


April 7th - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Presenter: Kim Skehan, RN, MSN, Senior Manager, Simione Healthcare Consultants

There are many significant issues that hospices are now facing: additional reporting requirements, diagnosis coding enforcement and Medicare Part D medication coverage issues. The common thread for all of these topics is the issue of what is related and what is not related to the terminal illness. Hospices are required, now more than ever, to ensure that they have processes in place through the physician and the hospice interdisciplinary team to determine and document diagnoses, services and medications which are either 
related or not related to the terminal illness. This interactive program outlines the regulatory requirements impacting “relatedness” and provides realistic operational strategies hospice managers and clinicians can use to successfully implement these requirements.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify key additional reporting requirements, diagnosis coding changes and Medicare Part D medication coverage issues affecting hospice providers
  • Describe the relationship between additional reporting requirements, diagnosis coding changes and Medicare Part D coverage issues and the impact on determination of “relatedness” 
  • Describe specific clinical operational strategies that hospices can use for successful implementation of these requirements