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.
OMG. . .The OIG is at it Again
Five years ago, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) initiated audits of 13 hospices and published its findings in 13 separate reports. It appears that the OIG is at it again, as multiple hospices recently have received “engagement letters” from the OIG with directions to produce medical records for 100 randomly selected claims. In this episode, Husch Blackwell’s Meg Pekarske and Bryan Nowicki discuss these OIG audits, strategies for responding, and their implications for the hospice community.
How One Hospice Owner Got Convicted of Healthcare Fraud and How You Can Avoid That Fate
The owner of a Louisiana hospice was indicted and then convicted of healthcare fraud. How did that happen? In this episode, Husch Blackwell's Meg Pekarske and Jonathan Porter talk about how a routine audit led to a whistleblower complaint by a hospice employee, which then led to the hospice owner’s criminal conviction following trial in November 2023. Most importantly, the pair discuss how other hospices can avoid that fate.
Hospice and Home Health Survey Perspectives: A Conversation with Kim Skehan, VP of Accreditation at CHAP
In this episode, Husch Blackwell’s Meg Pekarske is joined by friend and industry veteran Kim Skehan. In this wide-ranging conversation, they explore not only the recent survey reforms but the ways in which Kim’s decades of work as a survey consultant to hospices and home health agencies shape how she approaches her new role leading accreditation at CHAP. Kim’s perspective is truly unique. This is a must listen for everyone looking to successfully navigate the survey process.
Year in Review: Key Regulatory Updates in 2023
The hospice industry saw many regulatory changes in 2023. In this episode, Husch Blackwell's Meg Pekarske, Andrew Brenton, and Adam Royal discuss some of the main regulatory changes from 2023 and what hospices should expect in 2024.
An Alternative to Consolidations: Key Considerations for Management Services Organizations
Traditional hospice transactions are receiving increased regulatory scrutiny and headwinds. Amidst these challenges, many hospices are considering management services organizations as an alternative to traditional transactions. In this episode, Husch Blackwell's Meg Pekarske and Adam Royal discuss how management services organizations can help hospices achieve economies of scale while minimizing regulatory scrutiny.
Stories of Successful Hospice Leadership: The CEO and Compliance Officer Relationship
An effective compliance program is the bedrock of any successful healthcare organization and behind every successful compliance program is a trusted relationship between the Compliance Officer and CEO. In this episode, Husch Blackwell’s Meg Pekarske is joined by Avow Hospice’s CEO, Jaysen Roa, and its Compliance Officer, Kerri Ervin, who share how they built their relationship and how it has evolved over time. Jaysen and Kerri provide insights on what it means to have a collaborative relationship, how they see the big picture and ways to navigate different perspectives. There are so many good nuggets in this conversation like “relentless reliability” that remind us trust is earned, leadership is action, and success is a reflection of the quality of our relationships.