Hospice Assessment Tools and Comparative Documentation


This course will review assessment tools that hospices frequently use included the FAST, PPS, and ECOG and how comparative documentation of the results of these tools can help support hospice eligibility.


Hours: 1.00


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-HOS-0-HATCD
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 3/31/2019
Learning Objectives:
Verbalize correct usage of frequently used hospice assessment scales.

Enhance assessment tool findings through narrative documentation.

Verbalize methods of comparative documentation over time to lend support to hospice eligibility

Section 1: Introduction A. Learning Objectives Section 2: Hospice Assessment Tools A. Commonly Used Hospice Assessment Tools B. When To Use an Assessment Tool C. Assessment Tool Challenges D. Functional Assessment Staging (FAST) of Alzheimer’s Disease E. FAST Stage 6 F. FAST Stage 7 G. FAST Administration H. Challenges of the FAST I. Differentiating Between FAST Stages 7a and 7b J. Knowledge Check Section 3: Palliative Performance Scale (PPS) A. PPS Administration B. Definition of PPS Terms C. PPS Challenges D. Knowledge Check Section 4: NYHA Functional Classification A. NYHA Functional Classification B. NYHA Key Terms C. NYHA Challenges D. NYHA Documentation Success E. Knowledge Check Section 5: ECOG Performance Scale A. ECOG Performance Status B. Cancer Diagnosis Challenges C. ECOG Documentation Success D. Knowledge Check Section 6: Documentation of Hospice Assessment Tools A. Comparative Documentation – Key Words B. Assessment Tool Documentation – Admission C. Comparative Documentation D. Hospice Assessment Tools – Summary E. Course Contributor F. References G. Congratulations

Instructor: Carrie Cooley, RN, MSN

Carrie Cooley is the Principal / Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with Weatherbee Resources. Carrie joined Weatherbee in 2009 as an Associate Consultant and was hired as the Consulting Coordinator in 2012.  In 2014, Carrie was promoted to Director of the Consulting Division and in July 2015, she assumed the Chief Operating Officer position. Carrie was promoted to CEO in February 2018.  On July 1, 2018, Carrie and her business partner, Lynn Stange, purchased Weatherbee Resources from the company's founders, Heather Wilson and Joy Barry. Together, Lynn and Carrie plan to continue the long-standing history of Weatherbee Resources' service to the hospice industry.  In her role as Principal / CEO, Carrie ensures Weatherbee's consulting services, products, and education are provided in a professional and cost-effective manner and are specifically tailored to meet each client's individual needs. As one of Weatherbee's owners, Carrie is responsible for ensuring Weatherbee is positioned to assist hospices with the ever-changing regulatory hospice environment.  
Carrie's regulatory expertise and extensive consulting experience includes forensic clinical record auditing, baseline compliance audits/mock surveys, interim management, clinical due diligence, and executive coaching. Carrie and her team also work directly with clients' legal counsel in preparation for arbitration and other hearings; Carrie frequently serves as an expert witness. Weatherbee also works extensively with clients who are under a Corporate Integrity Agreement (CIA); Carrie and her team manage the Independent Review Organization (IRO) audit activities required by the Office of Inspector General (OIG). Carrie's excellent rapport with executives and staff alike – coupled with her regulatory and clinical acumen, and knowledge of best practices – assures excellent consulting outcomes.  
Under Carrie's leadership, Weatherbee has assisted hundreds of clients under investigation by various Medicare contractors including: Targeted Probe and Educate (TPE), Zone Program Integrity Contractors (ZPIC), Unified Program Integrity Contractors (UPIC), Benefit Integrity Support Centers (BISC), Recovery Auditors (RA), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the OIG.   As a member of Weatherbee's Speaker's Bureau, Carrie teaches a broad range of hospice, regulatory, and leadership-related topics nationally and is a member of the faculty for Weatherbee's renowned Hospice Regulatory Boot Camps. Carrie also frequently speaks at state and national hospice conferences on compliance-related topics. Carrie is a registered nurse and holds a master's degree from Samford University with a specialty in nursing leadership and healthcare finance.

Disclosure: Carrie Cooley, RN, MSN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: entry and intermediate level Nurses; entry and intermediate level Social Workers; in the following settings: Hospice.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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