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Managing Hospice Live Discharge Part 1 - How, When & Why: Guidelines, Regulations & Report (*$149)
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Managing Hospice Live Discharge Part 1 -  How, When & Why: Guidelines, Regulations & Report (*$149)

Are you proactively managing and monitoring your live hospice discharges? Take a deep dive into understanding the regulations, educating staff, utilizing PEPPER reports, staying under the CMS radar – and more!

When: Access Live or On-Demand
12:00 - 1:30 PM Arizona
Where: Webinar
United States
Contact: (406) 442-2585

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Available as a live or on-demand webinar.  
AHPCO Members enjoy a $200 discount on the pricing.



Live discharges continue to draw the interest of CMS, the OIG, and MedPAC. It is imperative that hospice agencies proactively manage and monitor the complexities related to live discharges. This webinar will review the five types of live discharges, the corresponding regulations, and how to proactively audit and work with frontline staff. Monitoring tools and reports for benchmarking and measuring compliance to prevent unwanted scrutiny will also be covered. Learn the program characteristics of hospices with problematic discharges and what to avoid to remain under the CMS radar.



  • Interpret the regulations
  • Define the five allowable types of hospice live discharges
  • Clarify when a hospice live discharge can be initiated and by whom
  • Explain the importance of monitoring, measuring, and benchmarking live discharges
  • Identify areas of focus for CMS
  • Distinguish how to use hospice PEPPER reports
  • Understand the characteristics of programs with problematic live discharges

Take-Away Tool Kit 

  • MedPac 2019 CMS Recommendations on Live Discharges

  • Hospice Condition Codes for Out of Service Area Discharges

  • Hospice live discharges audit tool

  • Hospice PEPPER User’s Guide, Ninth Edition

  • Medicare Claims Processing Manual

  • Valuable links to websites and additional tools

Who Should Attend

This informative session is designed for all leadership, including a strong emphasis for clinical management/supervisors, quality assurance staff, CFOs, medical directors, intake coordinators, staff education RNs, assessment teams, MSWs, and administrators.




Kathy Ahearn, RN, BSN, PHN, Ahearn Advisement Partners

Kathy Ahearn has a Bachelor’s in both Nursing and Social Work, and owns Ahearn Advisement Partners.  With over 30 years working and serving the healthcare community the combination of nursing and social work has served her well.  She has worked in a variety of post-acute care settings with an emphasis on home health and hospice, home infusion, homecare, and skilled nursing as a PICC and compliance expert.  Kathy has a unique ability to identify agency challenges and opportunities, quickly providing education, support, and mentoring to organizations, guiding them to a new level of operation. 


Kathy helped develop pain scales to standardize assessment with the American Pain Society and the Joint Commission, which lead to identifying pain as the 5th vital sign.  She was a trailblazer in the retail pharmacy world introducing the Joint Commission to the retail setting for disease state accreditation and reimbursement.  In addition to developing manuals and policies, Kathy expanded into medical device as a Managed Care Director developing one of the first real-time cloud-based disease specific software programs to assist patients, clinicians, and managed care organizations improve outcomes and collect data. 


Kathy began healthcare work due to a disabled parent and later a child living with chronic disease state.  She has experienced healthcare professionally and personally, dedicating her life to it and to working as a change agent for the betterment of all served.


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 Live Version or Archived** Version  $149
 Both Live and Recorded  $179

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**The archived version is a recording of the live webinar, including audio, visuals, and handouts. Includes the presenter’s email address for questions. The Archived Version is available 1 week after the Live Webinar and expires 6 months after the live program date.


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