The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly of Hospice Documentation

Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Time: 10 am PT/12 pm CT/1 pm ET

Presented by:
Deb Sellers, RN, BA, MS, TCG Associate

In the western movie, The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, the cowboy searches for a cache of stolen gold. Like the cowboy, hospice agencies are always searching for the most efficient and compliant way to complete their documentation to receive their “gold” from Medicare. To find the gold, hospices need to follow a documentation map that makes the case for eligibility. The presenter will share some good, bad and ugly documentation examples.

Features and Benefits:

After attending this webinar, the participant will be able to:

  • Convey the importance of proper documentation
  • Describe how to support the terminal diagnosis and 6-month prognosis in ALL documentation
  • Distinguish between documentation that “makes the case” and documentation that leaves the hospice at risk for non-compliance and/or non-payment

CEs are Available

The Corridor Group (Corridor Media) has been approved through the Kansas State Board of Nursing to offer CEs for RNs and LPNs who attend TCG live webinars. If you are interested in purchasing CEs for the live webinar, the necessary paperwork will be sent along with the presentation handouts to all registrants two days prior to each live webinar. Simply follow the instructions in the packet in order to purchase CEs after you attend the live webinar.*

The cost for the CE is only $10/hr for each attendee receiving a CE. Contact Kirk Young for further information.


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About the Presenter

Deb Sellers, RN, BA, MS, TCG Associate
Ms. Sellers has over 20 years of varied experience in the home health and hospice industry, where she has held both staff and upper management positions. She is an expert in operations, program development regulatory compliance, quality assurance, performance improvement, and education.

Debra earned her Bachelor of Arts in Nursing and Biology at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and her Master of Health Sciences Administration through St. Francis University in Joliet, Illinois. As Director of a hospital-based home care and hospice in central Iowa, which was also the county’s public health nursing agency, she assured compliance with all regulatory oversight entities including JCAHO, and also oversaw the public health and maternal child programs. Under her tenure, the hospice opened a 12-bed inpatient facility — the first in Iowa to offer all levels of hospice care. She oversaw the implementation of new integrated billing, scheduling and point of care software for both home care and hospice, in 18 weeks ahead of the projected 26-week schedule. She also served on the Story County Empowerment Board (including two years as chair) and was co-author of a successful Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant to establish the Story County Dental Clinic. In 2003, Debra joined Cahaba GBA as an educator for home care and hospice, working with providers in 15 states and Washington, DC. More recently, she served as State Operations Manager and eventually Regional Vice President for a proprietary home care company with operations in Iowa, Missouri, Texas and West Virginia, where she was instrumental in completely overhauling the billing center, resulting in cash collections of $3 million in old claims. Her professional career has also included medical surgical, ED/Trauma critical care, medical staff QA, infection control and utilization review, and a position as an on-site reviewer for the Iowa Peer Review Organization (Iowa Foundation for Medical Care).

From her diverse experiences in both clinical operations and administration, Debra brings the perspective of both staff and administrator. While serving as home care and hospice educator with Cahaba GBA, her presentations to state and trade associations were well received, as evidenced by high evaluation scores with audiences of 20 to 200. Her provider specific work was equally well received, resulting in these organizations coming off of focused medical review. Her open, honest and collaborative approach to problem solving was critical to each of these successes. Debra continues to be an active educator with the Iowa Association for Home Care.

*Corridor Media is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. CE offerings are approved for contact hours applicable for RN, LPN, or LMHT relicensure. Kansas State Board of Nursing Provider Number LT0270-0111.