Join Meg Pekarske and our newest member of our Hospice & Palliative care team, Noreen Vergara, where they discuss different ways hospices can come together to succeed in the value-based care landscape. They explore a continuum of options from messenger-model networks to networks that are clinically and financially integrated all the way to common ownership through merger or acquisition. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach, collaboration can be a fresh way to create operational efficiencies, streamline costs, expand geographic reach and benchmark quality, all of which are critical to enhancing payor relationships. Tune in here: https://lnkd.in/dVEJxMw.

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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 Noreen Vergara Noreen Vergara

As a Healthcare Regulatory Attorney and former executive, Noreen is a transparent communicator and innovative problem solver with a deep background in operations and risk management.

Noreen’s career in healthcare operations, healthcare compliance and executive leadership began as a behavioral health admissions representative

As a Healthcare Regulatory Attorney and former executive, Noreen is a transparent communicator and innovative problem solver with a deep background in operations and risk management.

Noreen’s career in healthcare operations, healthcare compliance and executive leadership began as a behavioral health admissions representative – she understands the day-to-day regulatory hurdles facing healthcare clients. Most recently, Noreen served as Acting CEO, General Counsel and Chief Human Resources Executive for a national managed behavioral health venture with employees across 50 states. In this position, Noreen leveraged her experience in strategic planning, corporate governance, complex contracts, employment law and compliance. Noreen navigated tough decisions including guiding 500 percent growth over 6 years, moving online quickly during COVID-19 and helping secure the largest contract in company history. Earlier in her career, Noreen collaborated in-house at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), where oversight, peer review, best practices and standards are established by state regulators.