Hospice Conditions of Participation: An Overview

Hospice Conditions of Participation: An Overview 

For a hospice to participate in the Medicare program it must meet “Conditions of Participation” – CoPs – that guide and govern patient care, quality improvement activities, and outcome measurement. This course discusses various elements relative to CoPs, including eligibility requirements and patient rights. It is designed to help you understand the rules under which hospices operate and will provide you with a framework for understanding hospice care in the Medicare environment. This course corresponds to the Federal regulation L797.

The content in this course is applicable to nurses and social workers in hospice and palliative care.


Hours: 1.00


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-PAC-0-HCPO
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 10/31/2022
Learning Objectives:
Describe the development of the CMS Conditions of Participation (CoPs) for hospice.
Outline key CoPs related to hospice eligibility and certification.
Understand how the CoPs influence care in sample scenarios for hospice patients.

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Overview, Scope, and Definitions






Section 3: Eligibility Requirements and Benefit Periods





Section 4: Patient Care

Patient Rights

Initial and Comprehensive Assessment

IDG, Care Planning, and Coordination of Services

Plan of Care

Levels of Care

Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (QAPI)

Infection Control

Licensed Professional Services

Core Services

Non-Core Services




Section 5: Organizational Environment

Overview of the Organization


Clinical Records

Drugs, Medical Supplies, and DME

Short-term Inpatient Care

Direct Inpatient Hospice Care

Hospice Care in a SNF

Personnel Qualifications

Compliance -- Federal, State, and Local



Section 6: Conclusion


Course Contributor



Instructor: Susan Heinzerling, BSN, RN, CHPN
Susan Heinzerling earned a Bachelor of Science in biology and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as a Master of Lifes Sciences in physiology from North Carolina State University. She became a doctoral candidate in immunology at the University of South Alabama. Her research experiences in the biomedical sciences led to an interest in evidence-based practices. Ms. Heinzerling began her nursing career as a medical/surgical nurse. Renal patients in acute care with multiple chronic conditions and repeated hospitalizations inspired her practice of hospice nursing. She has worked as a hospice admissions nurse and a hospice RN case manager in both a large urban setting and a rural community. Disclosure: Susan Heinzerling, BSN, RN, CHPN 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: Intermediate level Social Workers; Nurses; in the following settings: Hospice, Palliative Care.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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