Change is fast-paced in the world of COVID-19. On Monday, March 30th, CMS released an interim final rule along with hospice specific waivers. In this episode, your Hospice Team discusses these recent developments and their impact on telehealth, face-to-face encounters, virtual visits and Medicare appeals and audits.

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Photo of Meg S.L. Pekarske Meg S.L. Pekarske

Meg has devoted her legal practice to serving the everchanging legal needs of the hospice industry. As chair of Husch Blackwell’s Hospice and Palliative Care Practice Group, she manages the firm’s hospice practice. In working day in and day out with hospice clients

Meg has devoted her legal practice to serving the everchanging legal needs of the hospice industry. As chair of Husch Blackwell’s Hospice and Palliative Care Practice Group, she manages the firm’s hospice practice. In working day in and day out with hospice clients across the country, Meg is intimately familiar with the operational challenges of hospices and has the experience to address the full spectrum of legal issues facing the industry, from routine regulatory compliance issues to multimillion dollar Zone Program Integrity Contractor (ZPIC), Medicaid and other government audits. Additionally, Meg routinely advises hospices on palliative care program development, innovative inpatient unit structures, fraud investigations and a wide range of contracting issues. With an extensive background in long-term care, Meg brings a unique perspective and skill set to helping hospices create successful partnerships with nursing homes and assisted living facilities and providing quality end-of-life care to patients.

Photo of Bryan K. Nowicki Bryan K. Nowicki

I lead the litigation and internal investigation efforts within Husch Blackwell’s Hospice and Palliative Care Practice Group. I work with hospices and healthcare providers across the country on a range of litigation, regulatory, compliance, and business matters. I represent clients in False Claims…

I lead the litigation and internal investigation efforts within Husch Blackwell’s Hospice and Palliative Care Practice Group. I work with hospices and healthcare providers across the country on a range of litigation, regulatory, compliance, and business matters. I represent clients in False Claims Act lawsuits, state and federal government fraud investigations, and audits by Zone Program Integrity Contractors (ZPICs), Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs), and Medicaid Integrity Contractors (MICs). I also conduct and manage internal investigations of hospices and health care providers regarding a range of compliance matters.

Photo of Erin E. Burns Erin E. Burns

Erin is a member of the firm’s Hospice & Palliative Care Team, which collectively has over 25 years of experience working with hospice and palliative care providers across the country. Erin is dedicated to working collaboratively with clients to address their needs…

Erin is a member of the firm’s Hospice & Palliative Care Team, which collectively has over 25 years of experience working with hospice and palliative care providers across the country. Erin is dedicated to working collaboratively with clients to address their needs in an ever-changing, highly regulated industry. Her practice ranges from providing quick answers to immediate day-to-day operational questions to larger, more complex compliance issues. Erin and the Hospice & Palliative Care Team routinely guide hospice providers throughout all phases of government surveys, from strategizing and preparing plans of correction to interfacing with surveyors, as well as audits, including analysis of and response to alleged clinical, technical and statistical errors.

Photo of Andrew Brenton Andrew Brenton

Andrew is part of the firm’s coast-to-coast Hospice & Palliative Care Team, working with clients on a broad range of regulatory concerns, from compliance to business growth. He answers questions that might otherwise keep clients awake at night. Andrew and the team…

Andrew is part of the firm’s coast-to-coast Hospice & Palliative Care Team, working with clients on a broad range of regulatory concerns, from compliance to business growth. He answers questions that might otherwise keep clients awake at night. Andrew and the team also help navigate clients through a wide range of Medicare and Medicaid audits, fraud and repayment investigations, and contracting issues.