Working TOGETHER Hospices and Nursing Homes. Katie Wehri, CHC, CHPC Hospice Operations Specialist

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1 Working TOGETHER Hospices and Nursing Homes Katie Wehri, CHC, CHPC Hospice Operations Specialist

2 Facility and Hospice Landscape Over 25% of Americans dying from non-traumatic diseases spend their final days in a nursing facility Nursing homes are dealing with more diverse, frail, and clinically complex residents The challenge of caring for this population is intensified by the regulatory and reimbursement pressures and challenges

3 Facility and Hospice Landscape Approximately one third of nursing home discharges are due to death Number of nursing home residents aged 85 and older could increase by 300% by 2030 Estimated that by 2030, 1.5 million people living in a nursing home will die there

4 Facility and Hospice Landscape Approximately 18% of hospice patients die in a nursing home There were 1.6 million patients served by hospice in 2012 which is approximately 20% more than served in This number will continue to increase. Increased scrutiny of hospice patients in nursing homes Possible site of service payment adjustment for hospice patients residing in nursing homes

5 Facility and Hospice Landscape Increased scrutiny Providing hospice staff to facility to perform duties that otherwise would be performed by nursing home staff Offering goods for free or below market value Paying amounts to nursing homes for services considered to be covered by the Medicaid room and board rate "Trolling" for patients/ineligible patients Non-specific diagnoses

6 Potentially Dueling Objectives Hospice quality of life at end of life Nursing Home maintaining a patient s highest level of functioning Nearly 100% of patients are Medicare beneficiaries Majority of residents are non- Medicare

7 CMS Three new requirements for facilities related to end of life care F-155 F-309 Contracting with hospices Paradigm shift recognition that patients' wishes at end of life are primary goal Clarification of interpretive guidelines for surveyors

8 F-155 Advance Directives/Care November 2012 Planning Requires policies and procedures regarding advance directives Creates obligations for advance care planning and focus on resident care goals Advance Care Planning Right to accept or refuse treatment

9 F-155 Advance Directives/Care Planning Assess patient for capacity Document refusal Offer other pertinent treatment Continue to provide all other appropriate services Considerations: How is refusal and other care being coordinated and assessed?

10 F-309/End of Life Care Recognizes different care planning needs for residents at the end of life Residents approaching end of life need to be regularly assessed and monitored for changes in condition and necessary interventions Care focused on resident wishes Care should be appropriate given the resident's prognosisand goals of care

11 F-Tag Interpretation Overview Facilities must: Discuss advance care planning and end of life care goals Advise about palliative care options, including hospice Provide services and support that accommodate the resident's care goals

12 F-Tag Interpretation Overview Previous tension between resident care goals at end of life and "highest practicable wellbeing" F-309 acknowledges that resident quality of life is critical at the end of life, and "highest practicable well-being" should be focused on comfort and relief of symptoms

13 Requirements for Contracting with Effective August 2013 Hospices New regulations for facilities related to hospice services at 42 C.F.R (t) Sets forth legal requirements for facilities that choose to contract with a hospice Compliments hospice regulations ( ) for facility contracts

14 Hospice/Nursing Home Relationships Anti-Kickback Statue Criminal statute both parties liable Prohibits offering, soliciting, paying, or receiving "remuneration" for referrals "Remuneration" is broadly defined anything of value, directly or indirectly, overtly or covertly, in cash or in kind States often have similar anti-kickback laws

15 Compliance Know responsibilities of both parties Make sure staff understand what this means for them on a daily basis Compliance audits How would you and your team know Providing more care than required by the patient s status? Providing less care than required by the patient s status? Assess marketing agreements and practices

16 Compliance -Together Referral process Communicationand documentation processes Development of plan of care Changes in plan of care Changes in patient status

17 End of Life Care -Together How to have conversations about advance directive and end of life care Pain and symptom management Personal care at end of life Spiritual/ psychosocial considerations Ethics Same philosophies?

18 Working TOGETHER Hospices and Nursing Homes Katie Wehri, CHC, CHPC Hospice Operations Specialist

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