Upcoming events

    • June 14, 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • Virtual


    Patients electing the hospice benefit typically have many medical conditions. Some conditions contribute to limited life expectancy and some do not. Each condition must be labelled by hospice as “terminal,” “related” or “unrelated.” How conditions are labelled is important. The cost of care (services, DME and medications) for “terminal” and “related” conditions is paid by hospice. However, cost of care for “unrelated” conditions is paid by Medicare outside the hospice benefit.

    Regulatory authorities take interest in conditions deemed by hospice to be “unrelated.” Hospice documentation must explain why a condition is so deemed. This presentation outlines an approach to efficient documentation that can be performed easily at the time of patient referral to label all medical conditions.

    Learning Objectives

    • Efficiently document determination of medical conditions as “terminal,” “related” and “unrelated” at the time of hospice referral.
    • Efficiently document hospice benefit coverage determination for services, DME and medications at the time of hospice referral.
    • Create a reproducible method to determine hospice benefit coverage determination for medications, services and DME that are not a routine part of end-of-life care.

    Speaker:Ronald Manning, MD, Assistant Medical Director, Unity Hospice

    Ron Manning has been in medical practice in Northeast Wisconsin since 1999.  As a Physiatrist, he practiced general rehabilitation and musculoskeletal medicine.  He joined Unity Hospice as the Assistant Medical Director in 2014 and since then has practiced end-of-life care full-time.  He is certified through the Hospice Medical Director Certification Board.  He has an interest in developing workflow to meet growing regulatory burden imposed on hospice organizations and to improve hospice field staff’s ability to provide quality care while efficiently meeting regulatory requirements.

    • June 28, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Virtual

    Register Today for WiHPCA’s Upcoming Quarterly Meeting with the Division of Quality Assurance
    June 28, 2022

    WiHPCA understands the need to maintain a strong working relationship with key regulatory agencies that oversee the hospice and palliative care industry in Wisconsin. As such, we meet quarterly with the Division of Quality Assurance (DQA) at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, giving WiHPCA members a tremendous opportunity to engage DQA staff, receive key regulatory updates from the agency, and ask questions about current regulations and requirements.

    WiHPCA’s next DQA quarterly meeting, which will be held virtually on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM.

    For members who have not had an opportunity to attend previous quarterly meetings, the purpose of the meetings are to review and discuss survey deficiencies, examine avenues for improvement, and maintain a strong, ongoing dialogue between our members and DQA. You can even submit questions in advance that will be answered by DQA staff at the meeting.

    CLICK HERE to submit a question.

    We hope to see you on Jun 28!

    • August 10, 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • Virtual


    • Gain knowledge about the origins of the EOL doula movement, and the current model of care
    • Learn the definition of an end-of-life doula
    • Become aware of the services EOL doulas offer
    • Understand the scope of their role
    • Identify the overlap and differences in services between hospice volunteers and EOL doulas
    • Discover how some hospices are integrating EOL doulas 
    • Identify the impact EOL doulas have on every department within hospice
    • Discuss opportunities for those wishing to pursue EOL doula work

    Resources will be available for those interested in further exploration - both the individual and the agency

    More about the Speaker: Patty Burgess, CEOLS, APCE, President of Possibility

    Teaching Transitions - Doing Death Differently

    While spending every day from diagnosis to death with a dear friend, Patty was introduced to the beauty and benefits of hospice. After becoming a hospice volunteer, volunteer trainer and community educator for hospices agencies in Atlanta and Philadelphia, she started an end-of-life training company.   

    Her company Teaching Transitions - Doing Death Differently, trains hospice volunteers, staff, and caregivers across the county, ranging from small to large multi-site hospice organizations. Doing Death Differently, a sister site trains end-of-life doulas, or “death doulas” - a new, emerging non-medical profession supporting those facing the end of life (EOL) and their loved ones. 

    Patty was one of seven (7) original founders of NEDA, the National End-of-Life Doula Alliance in 2018, a membership organization supporting end-of-life doulas.  What began as an idea, now supports over 1000 members.  She was also chosen as one of the founding members of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s (NHPCO) End-of-Life Doula Council, which was also created in 2018. Its development was in response to hospice agencies' growing curiosity, concern, and interest in this developing field.  The mission of the EOL Doula Council is to offer education and resources about end-of-life doulas to the NHPCO membership and the general public.   

    Patty co-founded Your Voice Directives, a training organization using an innovative, video advance care planning tool that focuses on patient safety and honoring wishes at the end of life.   

    She is a well-known national trainer, speaker and educator in end-of-life matters.  Her company has trained over 10,000 volunteers, staff, and end-of-life doulas with her Medicare-compliant online hospice volunteer training program, and her Certified End-of-Life Specialist (CEOLS) training.

    For more information, please visit...
    www.teachingtransitions.com  - For Hospices
    www.doingdeathdifferently.com - For EOL Doulas
    www.yourvoicedirectives.com  - For Advance Care Planning
    www.nedaalliance.org  - NEDA - EOL Doula Membership Organization
    NHPCO End-of-Life Doula Council Formation  - EOL Doula Education for Hospices and the General Public

    • September 26, 2022
    • (CDT)
    • September 27, 2022
    • (CDT)
    • The Wilderness Resort, Wisconsin Dells, WI

    Facing the Future - Together

    More information coming soon!

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