2019 MNHPC Forum

Hot Topics on Regulations, Interpretations and Changes

featuring Judi Lund Person, BA, MPH, CHC, Vice President, Regulatory and Compliance for National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization


Friday, August 23 | 8:00 AM- 3:30 PM

Shoreview Community Center, 4580 Victoria Street North, Shoreview, MN 55126


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MNHPC Members: $120 for the first attendee, $110 for each additional attendee from the same organization

Non-members: $170 for the first attendee, $160 for each additional attendee from the same organization


Join MNHPC for a day-long deep dive into hospice regulation. Guest presenter Judi Lund Person will present this extensive training geared toward clinical staff, administrators, and anyone concerned with compliance and documentation. Friday, August 23 is the first day of the Minnesota State Fair; we encourage attendees to stay Friday night and visit the Great Minnesota Get-Together while in town! 

In today’s fast-paced healthcare environment, hospices must follow regulations and changes in regulations, look at quality reporting and Hospice Compare, keep an eye on proposed Medicare changes that are specific to hospice or apply to all provider types and watch for trends in hospice scrutiny. The speed of change is unlikely to slow down, so providers must be nimble and prepared for whatever change is ahead.  This year’s Annual Forum will cover the latest regulatory issues – including the FY2020 Hospice Wage Index Final Rule, recent reports from the HHS Office of Inspector General, scrutiny by Medicare Administrative Contractors and other government auditors, hospice quality reporting and more.  We have new opportunities and threats as well – what about Medicare Advantage?  Will MA plans apply for the VBID in 2021 and include hospice?  How many MA plans are now likely to offer home-based palliative care services?  And the new Alternative Payment Models?  How will hospice and palliative care providers engage?  What does all of this mean for positioning your hospice for the future?  This Annual Forum will include all of this and more….. and if something is late-breaking, you can be sure that it will also be included!

Target Audience

The Annual Forum is intended for hospice and palliative care professionals and volunteers and all members of the interdisciplinary team.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to: 

  1. Describe the new payment rates and rationale for the 4 levels of hospice care in the FY2020 Hospice Wage Index Proposed Rule.

  2. Discuss three important take-aways from the HHS Office of Inspector General reports on hospice released in July 2019 and describe actions a hospice can take.

  3. List three opportunities a hospice and palliative care provider has to engage with Medicare Advantage plans to provide palliative care, participate in a VBID or participate as a preferred provider.

  4. Given all the changes in healthcare, describe four actions a hospice can take to prepare and thrive in the future.

About the Presenter

Photo of Judi Lund PersonJudi Lund Person, BA, MPH, CHC is Vice President, Regulatory and Compliance for National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Judi serves as a key contact with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, interfacing with hospice payment policy, Part D, survey and certification, contractor management, and program integrity functions, among others.  She also represents hospice and palliative care with the Medicare Administrative Contractors and other federal agencies and many national organizations.  Recent issues include advocating for changes in the Notice of Election filing and payment process, advocating for new guidance regarding Part D and hospice, and ongoing work with the Medicare Administrative Contractors on hospice payment policy issues.

She works daily with hospice providers and state hospice organizations on the ever-increasing array of regulatory and compliance issues and translates complex regulatory language into actionable “plain English” for hospice providers.  She works with her team at NHPCO to develop regulatory and compliance tools for hospice providers each year, including hospice payment rates and wage index values and compliance guides to assist providers in achieving compliance with various federal rules and regulations.



This continuing nursing education activity was approved for up to 6.0 contact hours by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Social Work

This activity has been designed to meet the Minnesota Board of Social Work requirements and is approved for 5.75 clock hours (CEP#490). 

To receive continuing education credit, conference attendees must: 

  • Attend the entire activity

  • Complete the post-conference online evaluation

  • Certificates of completion will be emailed by September 20th, 2019

Disclosures: The members of the faculty and planning committee for the 2019 MNHPC Forum have indicated that they have no relevant financial relationships to disclose related to the content of this continuing education activity. 

Hotel Information

We have blocked rooms at a nearby hotel, please plan to book soon as they will fill up quickly with State Fair visitors. The discounted rates listed below are good for Friday night as well if you decide to stay an extra night and visit the State Fair!


Quality Inn & Suites Arden Hills

1125 Red Fox Rd, Arden Hills, MN 55112

Call (651) 484-6557 to request discounted rate of $114+ tax.

  • Reserve your room by August 16!

  • 2.6 miles away from Shoreview Community Center

  • Free wifi, fitness center, business center, breakfast



 Register Today!