15 episodes

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.

    Innovators Series: A Conversation with Carla Davis, CEO of Heart of Hospice LLC

    Innovators Series: A Conversation with Carla Davis, CEO of Heart of Hospice LLC

    In this episode, Meg Pekarske has a conversation with Carla Davis, CEO of Heart of Hospice, where they discuss Carla’s path to hospice and her vision for the future of end-of-life care. They explore the question of what leadership looks like in “good” and “bad” times and what remains constant in times of change. Carla shares her insights on how being open to the unplanned and unbudgeted opportunities that cross our paths can be defining moments for organizations. Carla is an engaging leader who has her finger on the pulse of where we are and where we are going. We hope you enjoy the conversation.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Is the Aseracare precedent in jeopardy? Courts Questioning Clinical Judgment Standards

    Is the Aseracare precedent in jeopardy? Courts Questioning Clinical Judgment Standards

    The 2019 Aseracare Court of Appeals decision was lauded by hospices as appropriate push-back to overly aggressive whistleblowers and government enforcers. Its central holding, that two physicians can reasonably disagree about a patient’s six-month prognosis and neither one be wrong, made it more difficult for hospices to be held liable for their physicians’ good faith exercise of clinical judgment. Two subsequent court decisions, however, threaten to roll-back the Aseracare holding and reintroduce uncertainty and increased risk for hospices. In this episode, Meg Pekarske and Bryan Nowicki discuss these cases, their implications and the ongoing advocacy efforts in this area of law.
    For resources related to this episode, please see the following:
    Aseracare and Care Alternatives

    • 38 min
    Are You Ready for October 1, 2020? Honing in on CMS’s Impending Election Statement and Election Statement Addendum Requirements

    Are You Ready for October 1, 2020? Honing in on CMS’s Impending Election Statement and Election Statement Addendum Requirements

    Last year, confusion and consternation ensued when CMS finalized new requirements for the hospice election statement and an “addendum” with patient-specific information about the hospice’s coverage responsibility.  Those requirements are set to become effective as early as October 1, 2020.  In this episode, Hospice & Palliative Care attorneys Meg Pekarske, Bryan Nowicki and Andrew Brenton break down these requirements and discuss their implications for hospices.  Among other things, the attorneys address the controversial position CMS has taken in characterizing the addendum as a condition of payment for hospice care.
    For resources related to this episode, please see the following:
    CMS, FY 2021 Hospice Wage Index Proposed RuleCMS, Proposed Modifications to Model Election Statement and New Model AddendumCMS, FY 2020 Hospice Wage Index Final Rule

    • 36 min
    COVID-19 Hospice How-To Series: Legal and Accounting Perspectives on Commonly Asked Provider Relief Fund Questions

    COVID-19 Hospice How-To Series: Legal and Accounting Perspectives on Commonly Asked Provider Relief Fund Questions

    In this episode, Husch Blackwell’s Hospice & Palliative Care attorneys Meg Pekarske, Bryan Nowicki and Andrew Brenton, and Crowe’s accounting professionals Bucky High, Dan Yunker and Stephanie Cerney discuss commonly asked COVID-19 relief fund questions from hospices across the country. The group shares legal and accounting perspectives as well as practical considerations to help hospices as they operationalize their use of relief payments.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    COVID-19 Hospice How-To Series: Keeping Up with HHS’s Constantly Evolving Guidance on the Provider Relief Fund

    COVID-19 Hospice How-To Series: Keeping Up with HHS’s Constantly Evolving Guidance on the Provider Relief Fund

    The only thing constant is change…since our last podcast, evolving guidance from HHS continues to create confusion regarding how the relief payments were calculated and under what circumstances providers should accept or return relief payments. In this episode, Hospice & Palliative Care attorneys Meg Pekarske, Bryan Nowicki, and Andrew Brenton break down the latest Relief Fund guidance from HHS and discuss its implications for hospices.

    • 34 min
    Innovators Series: A Conversation with Michael McHale, President and CEO of TRU Community Care

    Innovators Series: A Conversation with Michael McHale, President and CEO of TRU Community Care

    In this episode, Meg Pekarske talks with Michael McHale who is President and CEO of TRU Community Care. Michael is a friend, colleague and hospice innovator. As a former board member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (“NHPCO”), Michael is always thinking of ways to lead proactive growth and change. He is driven to solutions by the fundamental question: “how can we better serve the needs of our community?” In today’s conversation, Michael shares his insights on where hospice care is going, how we transform as an industry and the challenges to change. We explore how a new delivery system TRU is developing will radically change how they care for patients across the organization’s continuum of service, which spans PACE, Serious Illness, Home Health, Palliative Care and Hospice. Michael shows how financial investments in new ways of doing things can pay for themselves through economies of scale and staffing efficiencies. While the complexities of care delivery and payment can be dizzying, it is clear from this lively conversation that being grounded in the seminal question “how can we help” is the way forward for us all.

    • 55 min

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