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Hospice Certifications and Recertifications

presented by Cathleen Armato, RN, CHC

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Financial: Cathleen Armato is a shareholder of Armato & Associates, LLC. She receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Nonfinancial: Cathleen Armato has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 19 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 23 Minutes

The hospice certification and recertification process is a critical component in compliance and quality care. Despite the significance, many clinicians do not have a clear understanding of the process and their role in that process. Timing of the certification and face-to-face encounter, verbal certifications, written certifications, physician narratives, and other elements can be confusing, and this may result in errors that impact the patient, the hospice, and the individual clinicians. In this course, we will review the regulatory requirements and the individual responsibilities of each team member in the certification and recertification process. After taking this course, team members will have a strong understanding of the process and their role.

Meet Your Instructor

Cathleen Armato, RN, CHC

Cathleen Armato is an experienced executive with 22 years in the home care and hospice industry. She has served in various roles during that time, including VP of operations and chief compliance officer for a nationwide healthcare provider. In 2012, Cat became a consultant. Since that time, she has assisted multiple organizations with their compliance…

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1. The Physician Certification and Recertification

While all team members are involved in the certification and recertification process, it is the physician that has the most critical part. Determination of appropriateness, physician narratives, face-to-face encounters, and the actual certification of the patient are all significant responsibilities, and physicians are held legally responsible for these decisions.

2. The Initial Certification

There are several elements involved in an initial certification, and clinicians need a high level of comfort with the requirements and responsibilities. This chapter reviews the content and timing of the initial certification and will prepare interdisciplinary team members to meet their obligations with confidence.

3. Recertification

Recertifications are complex, especially when the patient is entering a 60-day benefit period. This chapter examines the elements of a complete recertification and defines the role of interdisciplinary team members.

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