National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Webinar 

Transition from the National Data Set (NDS) to Measures of Excellence (MOE)

Important announcement for Minnesota Hospice programs!

Per MN statute, hospice programs are required to participate in the NHPCO National Data Set (NDS) as part of their license renewal process.  NHPCO is transitioning the NDS to the Measures of Excellence (MOE) data collection tool and report effective in 2021.  There will be an opportunity to submit 2020 NDS data beginning this April. This will be the last year the NDS is available.  You need to start participating in the 2021 MOE this year to meet the MN hospice license renewal requirements. This webinar will cover essential information Minnesota hospices need to know about this transition. 

NOTICE: May 30th is the data submission deadline for Quarter 1. If you have questions about the MOE, please email [email protected]

Click here for details on the announcement. 

  • Review NHPCO’s new Measures of Excellence (MOE) data collection tool
  • Discuss provider data submission/data access methods
  • Explain the value of the MOE beyond state licensure requirements
  • Lori Bishop, VP Palliative Care
    • Lori Bishop is a healthcare nurse executive focused on innovative and transformational  interdisciplinary care delivery models for the vulnerable seriously ill population. Lori has an  extensive clinical background in hospice and palliative care. Her current position is Vice  President of Palliative and Advanced Care at NHPCO. Lori participates in efforts to expand  access to community-based palliative care models and the development of related resources,  including the NHPCO Palliative Care Playbook. She oversaw the development and 2021 launch  of the new NHPCO Quality Connections program. Previously, Lori was the Chief Advanced  Illness Management (AIM) Executive for Sutter Health serving an average daily census of 2500  seriously ill patients across Northern California. AIM received the inaugural Vanguard Award  from the California Hospital Quality Institute in 2016. In her prior executive role at UnityPoint  Health, Lori facilitated the creation of a system-wide palliative care program across care settings by developing standard clinical, operational, satisfaction, and financial metrics across sites of  service. The system-wide integrated Palliative Care program received the prestigious Circle of  Life Award in 2013.



  • Hope Fost, Quality Project Management Specialist
    • Hope Fost has been with NHPCO for four years and currently serves as the Quality Project Manager Specialist.  She has a BS in Healthcare Administration and a master’s degree in Public Health.  Hope has been the primary architect of NHPCO’s Quality Connections platform and manages multiple NHPCO performance measurement tools. Hope also serves as the primary staff liaison for NHPCO pediatric initiatives, including the NHPCO Pediatric Advisory Council.



  • Jennifer Kennedy, Sr. Director, Quality/Regulatory
    • Dr. Jennifer Kennedy is the Senior Director of Quality & Regulatory for the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization and has been with the organization since 2006.  She has more than 30 years of experience as a leader and nurse in diverse healthcare settings and has worked in hospice and palliative care for the last 20+ years.  She has a bachelor’s degree in nursing, a dual master’s degree in health education and case management, and a doctoral degree in health care education and policy and is a certified healthcare compliance professional.  Jennifer is the lead for the NHPCO hospice quality program and interacts with CMS and their contractors related to hospice regulatory and quality issues.  She is also a member of the ANA’s national palliative nursing task group and has been honored by the UK’s St. Christopher’s Hospice as a Nursing Pioneer for their Palliative Care Nursing Project.  Jennifer serves as faculty at national and state conferences, writes articles for trade journals, contributes to health care publisher materials, develops education and resources for hospice and palliative care providers.  She also teaches Graduate Health Science courses at the university level.