Exploring the Provision of Rural Hospice Care in an Evolving Policy Environment

Friday, May 1, 2015: 3:30 PM-4:30 PM
National Harbor 12/13 (Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center) - 3rd Level
Primary Presenter:
Judi Lund Person, MPH , Compliance and Regulatory Leadership, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, Alexandria, VA
Alana Knudson, PhD , Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, Bethesda, MD , Brad Gibbens, MPA , University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health, Grand Forks, ND and Sandy Kuhlman, BSN, RN , Hospice Services, Inc, Phillipsburg, KS
Providing hospice care in rural areas has a unique set of challenges. During the past 18 months, the Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center examined access to hospice in rural areas and utilization patterns as compared to urban areas. This session will present findings from quantitative and qualitative analysis of rural hospice care, with an emphasis on the impact of new regulatory and reimbursement policies.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe utilization patterns of hospice care in rural areas
2. Discuss unique challenges providing hospice services in rural areas
3. Identify regulatory and reimbursement policy changes that impact the delivery of hospice in rural areas

CE/CME: Nurse, Physician and Social Worker
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