How to Better Manage Physician Services in Hospice

How to Better Manage Physician Services in Hospice 

Excellent physician documentation is an asset to the hospice clinical record and poor documentation, including a lack of it, can be harmful to the clinical record. This webinar is designed to discuss opportunities for engagement of the hospice physician in driving compliance, clinical care, and ultimately withstanding payment related scrutiny.


Hours: 1.25


Certificates provided by accrediting body (9 Match)

California Board of Registered Nursing

1.25 HOURS

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP# 13791

Nurses will receive 1.25 contact hours for participating in this course.

District of Columbia Board of Nursing


DC-RN -- District of Columbia Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CE Provider #50-290).

Nurses will receive 1.20 contact hours for participating in this course.

Florida Board of Nursing


Florida Board of Nursing CE Provider #: 50-290

Nurses will receive 1.00 contact hours for participating in this course.

American Nurses Credentialing Center

1.25 HOURS

Relias, LLC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses will receive 1.25 contact hours for participating in this course.

Georgia Board of Nursing

1.25 HOURS

Georgia Board of Nursing CE Provider #: 50-290

Nurses will receive 1.25 contact hours for participating in this course.

South Carolina Board of Nursing

1.25 HOURS

This program was approved by the South Carolina Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education Program (CE provider #50-290) CE Broker Course # 20-[Custom_Code]

West Virginia Board of Registered Nursing

1.25 HOURS

New Mexico Board of Nursing

1.25 HOURS

New Mexico Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider # 50-290)

This course awards 1.25 contact hours upon successful completion.

Arkansas State Board of Nursing

1.25 HOURS

Course Details

Hours: 1.25
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 10/31/2022
Learning Objectives:
Clarify the physician role in determination of eligibility, relatedness, and medical coverage.
Discuss physician opportunities to drive clinical care and lead the interdisciplinary group.
Address physician involvement in the auditing process.


Admission and the Physician

418.25 Admission to Hospice Care

Medical Director


Determination of Eligibility

Determination of Terminal Illness

Relatedness of Comorbidities

NHPCO relatedness diagnosis

flow sheet

418.22 Certification of Terminal Illness

418.22 (b) Content of Certification

Certification of Terminal Illness

Medication Coverage

NHPCO medication flowsheet

New Admit Mrs. Jones

Interdisciplinary Group (IDG)

IDG Meeting Opportunities

Physician Definitions

Physician Visits

Payment Related Scrutiny

Barriers for the Hospice Physician

Opportunities for the Hospice Physician

Instructor: Lauren Templeton, D.O.

Dr. Lauren Templeton, a Physician Consultant with Weatherbee Resources since 2017, has over 10 years of physician experience with 8 years specializing in hospice and palliative medicine.  Dr. Templeton began her career in internal medicine, but soon thereafter was drawn to end-of-life care due to its overall philosophy and her passion for ensuring a dignified death for her patients. 
Dr. Templeton currently works in hospice as the medical director for a medium size not-for-profit hospice based in Texas. In this role, she assists with compliance, quality improvement and documentation review. She continues to participate in clinical care managing hospice patients in both the home care and inpatient setting. 

Dr. Templeton also serves as associate medical director for the Palliative Care Department at a local medical center, as well as, serving on the ethics committee for the same facility. 

Dr. Templeton's mission is to help support hospices by educating on the role of the hospice medical director from a regulatory and clinical perspective. She continues a robust educational program within her own hospice program and is a speaker with the Texas New Mexico Hospice Organization. Dr. Templeton is an advocate of the hospice benefit and speaks to groups such as the Alzheimer's Association about hospice care. 

As a Physician Consultant with Weatherbee, Dr. Templeton assists hospice providers and physicians with:

  • Orientation for new medical directors and team physicians.
  • Education, coaching, and mentoring for hospice physicians.
  • Consulting on complex issues (e.g., making appropriate coverage determinations; ethical issues; challenging pain and symptom management cases; admission, recertification, and level of care eligibility; etc.).
  • Auditing physician and other clinical record documentation (e.g., thoroughness and appropriateness with regard to hospice eligibility; compliance with regulatory requirements; appropriateness with regard to coverage determinations; etc.).
  • Re-tooling the interdisciplinary group meeting and related processes.
  • Preparing physicians for Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) hearings.
  • Providing expert witness testimony in ALJ hearings and other legal matters involving patient eligibility.

Dr. Templeton graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts and received her doctor of osteopathy from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2009. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine and is board certified with the American College of Osteopathic Internists. She completed a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Texas Tech University and became board certified in hospice and palliative medicine in 2013. Dr. Templeton became Hospice Medical Director Certified (HMDC) in 2018.

Disclosure: Lauren Templeton, D.O. 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: Nurses; Physicians; 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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