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Regulatory Legislative Summit

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651-917-4616jenna2@mnhpc.orgwww.mnhpc.orgREGULATORYANDLEGISLATIVESUMMITSeptember 29, 2023 | Virtual

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8:45 - 9:00amWelcome & IntroductionsBeth Werner, MNHPC9:00 - 10:15amRegulatory Hot TopicsJudi Lund Person, NHPCO10:15 - 10:30amBreak10:30 - 11:45amImplications of the MA Value Based Insurance Design(VBID) Hospice Benefit Demonstration for Your AgencyKatie Wehri and TheresaForster, NAHC11:45 - 12:30pmLunch12:30 - 1:20Trends in Hospice Survey FindingsPeter Cole and BrendaFischer, MDH1:20 - 2:10pmMedicare Hospice Updates *this session will not berecordedAndrea Freibauer, NGS2:10 - 2:40pmMinnesota Legislative Update for 2023-2024Dana Bacon, LLS andLynn Varco, MAEH2:40 - 2:50pmBreak2:50 -3:00pmMNHPC UpdatesAlex Clark3:00 - 3:45pmDHS and Hospice Collaboration: Hospice Guidance forthe Coverage of Medical Supplies in the Nursing (NF)Facility/Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF)Lores Vlaminck and BethWerner, MNHPC 3:45 - 4:00pmFinal Q&A and ClosingDave Blomquist, MNHPCMNHPC Regulatory and Legislative Summit AgendaSeptember 29, 2023 | Virtual8:45am - 4:00pm

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MNHPC Regulatory and Legislative Summit AgendaSeptember 29, 2023 | Virtual8:45am - 4:00pmThis event has been approved forContinuing Education credit by theWisconsin Nurses Association, theBoard of Executives for Long TermServices and Supports, and the MNBoard of Social Work. LearningObjectives and CE info for thisevent can be found here.

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Judi Lund PersonNational Hospice andPalliative CareOrganizationJudi serves as a key contact with the Centers for Medicare and MedicaidServices, interfacing with hospice payment policy, Part D, survey andcertification, contractor management, and program integrity functions, amongothers. She also represents hospice and palliative care withthe Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Medicare AdministrativeContractors (MACs), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and otherfederal agencies and many national organizations. Recent issues includeworking with the GAO on a study for elder abuse and neglect in hospice,discussions with CMS on the implementation of the HOSPICE Act, includingsurveyor training and enforcement remedies, advocating for a new processfor Part D notification of hospice election, addressing confusion aboutattending physicians, and ongoing work with the Medicare AdministrativeContractors on hospice payment policy issues.

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Katie WehriNationalAssociation forHome Care andHospiceKatie Wehri is the Director of Home Health and Hospice Regulatory Affairs forNAHC. She has over 30 years of experience in home health and hospice,holding several executive-level positions.Katie has extensive and direct knowledge of industry operations, regulation,accreditation standards, interpretation and compliance, quality assessment,and performance improvement programming and compliance programs.She holds a bachelor’s degree in health care administration and humanresources from the Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

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Theresa ForsterNationalAssociation forHome Care andHospiceTheresa Forster is Vice President for Hospice Policy & Programs at theNational Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC). She coordinates theorganization’s legislative, regulatory, and other efforts on behalf of hospiceproviders. She has been at NAHC since 1996, and previously served asDirector of the Special Committee on Aging of the United States Senate. Inthat capacity, she directed Committee efforts to investigate concerns relatedto the senior citizens of the nation. Theresa began her career with 11 years ofservice in the U.S. Senate, much of which she spent on the staff of SenatorDavid Pryor of Arkansas, advising on legislation regarding Medicare, Medicaid,health and welfare issues.

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Andrea FreibauerNationalGovernment ServicesAndrea Freibauer has had a career in Medicare for over 26 years, working invarious departments for several Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B Fee-For-Service Contractors. Since 2001, she has focused on Medicare FFS educationfor both Part A and Part B providers, joining National Government Services asa Provider Outreach and Education Consultant in September 2008. In January2023, she joined the National Government Services Home Health and Hospiceteam, focusing on Hospice billing. An enthusiastic trainer, she enjoys thechallenge of educating a wide range of adult learners with understanding thecomplexities of the Medicare Program. Andrea graduated from Russell SageCollege in Troy, New York in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Englishand a minor in Communications. She is currently located in Connecticut.

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Dana BaconThe Leukemia andLymphoma SocietyDana Bacon has worked for over 20 years at the intersections of policy,politics, and advocacy. A graduate of the University of Minnesota (BA,Scandinavian Studies) and Hamline University (MA, Public Administration),Dana currently serves as Senior Director, State Government Affairs for TheLeukemia & Lymphoma Society. He is based in Rosemount, Minnesota.

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Lynn VarcoMinnesota Alliancefor Ethical HealthcareLynn Varco has worked in public policy and government relations with a focuson issues related to healthcare and end-of-life care. He has developedadvocacy engagement activities, conducted lobbying, managed researchprojects, and drafted policy briefs and legislative testimony. Lynn earned hisBA in philosophy from the University of Chicago and was a Policy Fellow at theUniversity of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

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Pete ColeMinnesotaDepartment ofHealthPete received a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and chemistry at LutherCollege and an Associate of Arts degree at St. Catherine University. He hasover 32 years of nursing experience in both acute care and hospice. This hasincluded positions as Program Educator, Clinical Manager and ClinicalDirector. He has worked with the Minnesota Department of Health sinceSeptember of 2019 where he started as a Nursing Evaluator prior to becominga Regional Operations Supervisor in 2022. Pete is federally certified to surveynursing homes and hospice agencies and is the MDH lead hospice supervisor.

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Brenda FischerMinnesotaDepartment ofHealthBrenda Fischer, RN, Regional Operations Manager (ROM) with the MinnesotaDepartment of Health and has worked in the Health Regulation Division in theLicensing and Certification section. Brenda has worked for MDH for a numberof years as a surveyor, unit supervisor and currently as a Regional operationmanager (ROM). She currently oversees federal evaluation and RapidResponse teams across the state along with overseeing the MN Nurse AidRegistry.She is certified by Center for Medicare and Medicare to complete surveys forNH, HHA, Hospitals, ICF/IID and Hospice agencies. She assists the regulatorsand providers in understanding and implementing state and federalregulations for these provider types.

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Lores VlaminckMinnesotaNetwork ofHospice &Palliative CareIn addition to being a certified hospice and palliative care nurse, Lores isalso a trainer for the End-of-Life-Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC),curriculum that encompasses palliative and hospice care. She was named the“2010 Geriatric ELNEC Educator of the Year” by ELNEC.Speaking topics include end-of-life care, grief and loss, compassion fatigue,professional boundaries, pain and symptom management and many healthand employee related topics. Lores also offers national, internationalconsulting and mentoring services -- encompassing education, training andcompliance evaluations -- to hospice and home care agencies, assisted livingproviders and long-term care facilities.Currently, Lores serves as a board member of two non-profit health careorganizations, is a national speaker for PESI Healthcare and ELNEC. Lores isa graduate of Bethel University in St Paul, MN and holds a degree of Bachelorof Science in nursing as well as a Master’s degree in nursing education.

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Beth WernerMinnesotaNetwork ofHospice &Palliative CareBeth Werner is a Registered Nurse with a Master’s Degree in HealthcareAdministration and Mini Master of Business Administration. She has over 28years of experience in Hospice and Palliative Care. Beth is recognized as acompassionate and skilled leader with broad Hospice experience. Her currentrole is with Ecumen Hospice as the Quality Coordinator. Throughout hercareer, Beth has worked on a variety of projects and publications, all in theservice of those seriously ill and dying. She is known for presenting locally,statewide and on the national level. She is a past Board of Director for theHospice & Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA), a current Board of Directorfor the Minnesota Network of Hospice & Palliative Care (MNHPC) and chairstheir Standards of Practice Committee. Beth is the MNHPC representative toNational Government Services (NGS).

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