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Tune in to Husch Blackwell’s hospice podcast with Meg Pekarske for conversations with industry innovators and fundamentals for navigating hospice law. In our commitment to monitoring updates and fostering learning, each episode delivers essential information clients need for best solutions in this changing healthcare sector.

Hospice Insights: The Law and Beyond Meg Pekarske

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Tune in to Husch Blackwell’s hospice podcast with Meg Pekarske for conversations with industry innovators and fundamentals for navigating hospice law. In our commitment to monitoring updates and fostering learning, each episode delivers essential information clients need for best solutions in this changing healthcare sector.

    Do You Have a Backup? Building Redundancies Into Your Written Certification Process

    Do You Have a Backup? Building Redundancies Into Your Written Certification Process

    The hospice certification of terminal illness is one of the documents most scrutinized by Medicare contractors, and it is of critical importance since an invalid certification can impact Medicare payment for the patient’s entire 90 or 60-day benefit period. If overlooking any of the multitude of certification requirements is human, then building redundancies into your certification documentation to avoid claim denials or a repayment obligation is divine. In this episode, Husch Blackwell’s Meg Pekarske and Andrew Brenton share key ideas for putting yourself in a more favorable position in the event your best-laid written certification plans go awry.

    • 12 min
    A Zero Percent Error Rate: An Inspiring Story on How To Get There

    A Zero Percent Error Rate: An Inspiring Story on How To Get There

    Husch Blackwell’s Meg Pekarske is joined today by Mary Kay Tyler, Chief Quality and Compliance Officer of Hospice of the Western Reserve, who shares strategies for achieving the elusive goal of improved clinical documentation. As Mary Kay discusses, you start with what can make the biggest impact. For general inpatient care (GIP), that is often physician and nurse practitioner (NP) documentation. Meg and Mary Kay discuss how she leveraged her electronic medical records (EMR), fostered buy-in, cultivated accountability, and remembered to listen throughout the process. We encourage you to take notes—you won’t want to miss any of these helpful tips.

    • 28 min
    Strategic Restructuring for the Future | Not Just an Org Chart: Corporate and Regulatory Considerations for Hospice Transactions

    Strategic Restructuring for the Future | Not Just an Org Chart: Corporate and Regulatory Considerations for Hospice Transactions

    Hospices are increasingly looking to buy, consolidate or merge to achieve administrative efficiencies and expand growth opportunities. Transactions between hospices present unique regulatory challenges that shape corporate and transactional structures, and often require looking beyond the client’s organizational charts. Join Husch Blackwell’s Meg Pekarske, Adam Royal and Erin Burns as they discuss key considerations and strategies in hospice transactions.

    • 30 min
    COVID-19 Hospice How-To Series | The Results Are In: More Wins for Hospices in HIS Appeals

    COVID-19 Hospice How-To Series | The Results Are In: More Wins for Hospices in HIS Appeals

    COVID-19 remained a substantial obstacle to hospices’ efforts to comply with quality data reporting obligations in 2021. Those challenges resulted in a number of hospices receiving notices of a 2% Medicare payment reduction in July 2022. We appealed those notices and won! In this episode, Husch Blackwell’s Meg Pekarske, Bryan Nowicki and Jacob Harris talk about those appeals, the keys to success and what to expect next year.

    • 21 min
    Focus on What Matters: The Importance of the Hospice Election Statement

    Focus on What Matters: The Importance of the Hospice Election Statement

    The hospice election may be the single most important document for hospices since an invalid form can impact payment for a patient’s entire stay. Especially in light of a recent rise in Medicare claim denials related to the election, revisiting your form now could save you later in time and money. In this episode, Husch Blackwell’s Meg Pekarske, Emily Solum and Andrew Brenton share some key tips for avoiding common election denials—and the headaches and sleepless nights that come with them.

    • 17 min
    COVID-19 Hospice How-To Series | Pulling the Strings: New OIG Audits Scrutinize How Hospices Used Provider Relief Funds

    COVID-19 Hospice How-To Series | Pulling the Strings: New OIG Audits Scrutinize How Hospices Used Provider Relief Funds

    For the last two-and-a-half years, hospices and other providers have been using billions in Provider Relief Fund (PRF) payments to prepare for, respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has begun its nationwide audit of providers’ use of PRF payments, removing any remaining doubt as to whether these payments came with very significant strings attached. In this episode, Husch Blackwell’s Meg Pekarske, Bryan Nowicki and Andrew Brenton share their experiences regarding the purpose and nature of the OIG audit and offer practical takeaways for hospices.

    • 26 min

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