The Final Rule: Hospice Payment Rates and Quality Measures Defined, Reviewed and Applied

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[3319] The Final Rule: Hospice Payment Rates and Quality Measures Defined, Reviewed and Applied
Why Hospice CoP changes were made, how they affect your hospice agency and tips to ensure that you are maximizing the potential of the changes coming in 2020.


NOW AVAILABLE: RELEASED 11/21/2019 This program was presented on 11.13.2019 at the Texas Association of Home Care & Hospice Administrator Program in Houston. It is one of 20 presentations captured and produced for online access.

Presentation Info:

  • Presentation Date: November 13, 2019
  • TAHC&H Event: TAHC&H Administrator Program | Houston

Education-Training Credits:

  • TX HCSSA Administrator/Alternate Continuing Education
    • 2.0 Clock Hr(s)
  • Continuing Education for Nurses
    • 2.0 Contact Hr(s)
    • This program awards CNE until 11.13.2021

CE Approval Statements:
· This program meets continuing education requirements for Administrators and Alternates under Texas HCSSA licensing regulations.
· Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Texas Nurses Association - Approver, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

HCSSA Topic(s) Addressed:

  • §558.259[d][4]agency responsibilities
  • §558.260[a][3]basic principles of management in a licensed health-related setting
  • §558.260[a][5]quality improvement
  • §558.260[a][7]financial management

Program Description: The 2020 CMS Final Rule brings changes to hospice reimbursement rates and quality that will more closely align reimbursement rates with care provided while allowing consumers to access the information they need to make the best decision about hospice care for themselves or the ones that they love. The presenter discusses why the changes were made, how they affect your hospice agency and tips to ensure that you are maximizing the potential of the changes coming in 2020.

Program Learning Outcome: Participants will actively engage in the learning activity and indicate an intent to change or enhance their practice by identifying how the Hospice 2020 CMS Final Rule changes in reimbursement rates and quality requirements will affect their hospice agency practices.

TAHC&H Faculty/Presenters: Zaundra Ellis, Hospice Product Director, Axxess

About the Presenters:
Zaundra Ellis
Zaundra Ellis is the Hospice Product Manager for Axxess. She leverages her many years of expertise in the hospice industry to create a software that is easy to use and allows clients to be clinically, administratively and financially compliant. Prior to joining Axxess, Zaundra served as the Executive Director and Regional Director for Kindred Hospice and Heart to Heart Hospice agencies across Texas. In this role she oversaw an inpatient hospice facility, created and implemented a companywide QAPI program for an organization that served more than 2,500 patients, and used her experience to create operations that improved compliance and maximized reimbursements. Zaundra is an active member of the Texas Association of Home Care and Hospice and has served on multiple committees including the Education, Hospice and Medicare/Medicaid committees.

[3319] The Final Rule: Hospice Payment Rates and Quality Measures Defined, Reviewed and Applied

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