NHPCO's Quality Connections program is about to wrap up its inaugural year. NHPCO's Jennifer Kennedy and Hope Fost provide an overview of Quality Connections and its value for providers as we move toward a fee-for-performance model. Special guest Sarah Simmons from Calvert Hospice talks about her experience in the Quality Connections program and how Calvert Hospice became the first program to earn all four rings. And we end with a grateful farewell to Jennifer before she begins the next step of her career.
More episodes from "NHPCO Podcast"
Episode 123: Year-End Reflections
22:26As 2021 comes to a close, Jon sits down with Edo Banach and Tarrah Lowry, NHPCO board member and COO of Trustbridge. Jon, Edo, and Tarrah discuss the challenges of the past year as well as the successes and what the field will face in 2022. Tarrah also provides valuable insight into how leaders can re-center themselves in the mission of hospice and palliative care.
Episode 122: Enforcement Remedies
25:27The CY22 Home Health final rule included hospice provisions on survey reform and enforcement remedies. In this podcast, Jon talks with Judi Lund Person and special guest Kimberly Skehan, Director of Compliance, Regulatory & Quality at SimiTree Healthcare Consulting about these topics. Learn more about the language and timing of the rule, the different enforcement remedies CMS can utilize for condition level deficiencies, and what hospices should do now to prepare.
Episode 121: The Role of Advocacy
29:04Jon sits down with Lori Bishop and a new member of the NHPCO team: Logan Hoover, Director of Legislative Affairs. NHPCO and the Hospice Action Network (HAN) work together closely to ensure the needs and concerns of providers are brought to Congress, and grassroots advocacy is a key piece of the puzzle. Learn how your involvement can make a difference for the field and help NHPCO and HAN get you the tools and resources you need.
Episode 120: Quality Connections
31:57NHPCO's Quality Connections program is about to wrap up its inaugural year. NHPCO's Jennifer Kennedy and Hope Fost provide an overview of Quality Connections and its value for providers as we move toward a fee-for-performance model. Special guest Sarah Simmons from Calvert Hospice talks about her experience in the Quality Connections program and how Calvert Hospice became the first program to earn all four rings. And we end with a grateful farewell to Jennifer before she begins the next step of her career.
Episode 119: Palliative Care Core Screening Tools
42:08Later this month, NHPCO will be releasing Palliative Care Core Screening Tools. This resource is designed for hospice and palliative care teams to use with partners, such as primary care physicians and specialists, to help determine when a patient is seriously ill and may benefit from additional support. NHPCO's Lori Bishop talks with Dr. Bernice Burkarth and Dr. Tim Jessick about how these and other resources can create evidence and a shared vision of recommendations for patients across medical disciplines.
Episode 118: Improving CAHPS Scores
27:47Jon R sits down with NHPCO's Jennifer Kennedy and special guest Natalie McNeal, Executive Director of WellStar Community Hospice in Georgia. Jennifer provides an update on the latest news from CMS related to the CAHPS survey, and Natalie shares how her hospice adapted their practices in a COVID world to maintain their scores. Hear some practical tips of how your hospice can address low scoring topics in innovative ways.
Episode 117: DEI in Hospice and Palliative Care
38:45In this month's podcast, NHPCO's summer Diversity, Equity and Inclusion intern Lauren Wallace interviews Nicole McCann-Davis, chair of NHPCO's Diversity Advisory Council. Learn more about why DEI is so important in health care and how NHPCO's Diversity Advisory Council is working to support providers in their journey to provide equitable care
Episode 116: FY22 Final Rule
32:21In this month's podcast, JR talks with NHPCO's Judi Lund Person and Jennifer Kennedy about the FY22 Hospice Wage Index Final Rule. Along with basic information about the wage index values and rates, Judi and Jennifer take a deeper dive into how the final rule will affect providers - from regulatory areas of interest for CMS to changes in public reporting and data. Resources Mentioned in this Podcast FY22 Hospice Wage Index Final Rule Resources for NHPCO Members NHPCO Quality Connections Deprescribing Toolkit (under "Deprescribing Medications" header)
Episode 115: Rural Palliative Care
28:32This episode features NHPCO's Lori Bishop along with two special guests - Karla Weng and Janelle Shearer from Stratis Health. Karla and Janelle share their experiences working with rural communities to address the gap of palliative care services, from developing a framework to keeping it sustainable. They have also developed a toolkit that contains guidance and links to a comprehensive set of resources to build capacity to offer palliative care services.
Episode 114: Opportunities in Contracting
27:15This episode features NHPCO's Lori Bishop, Annie Acs, and special guest Dave Ault, Counsel at Fagere Drinker. Lori, Annie and Dave provide an update on CMMI's models and demos and discuss contracting opportunities for providers, especially for community-based palliative care. Even if you’re comfortable in the situation you’re in, Dave encourages providers to think about how healthcare payment is moving and that it’s moving very quickly, but you don’t need to be left behind because there are so many different ways to participate. The podcast references a blog from NHPCO and NORC at the University of Chicago posted on the CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care website. Click through to read more: "Ensuring Equitable Access to Needed Care for the Seriously Ill through the Medicare Care Choices Model (MCCM) ."