Frequently Asked Questions from the Webinar:
Survey Scrutiny and Your Hospice: New Issues, New Insights

By attorney Robert W. Markette, Jr., CHC of Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, P.C.

This year, hospice surveyors have serious new evaluation criteria that your entire team needs to be aware of. Some of your hospice’s traditional procedures will no longer make the cut in 2018 surveys. You need legal clarity to learn how to succeed under surveys and avoid citation.

Health care attorney Robert W. Markette, Jr., CHC shared his expert advice in our recent webinar — Survey Scrutiny and Your Hospice: New Issues, New Insights — now available to watch on-demand. Now Markette offers additional context to his original presentation in this new frequently asked questions document.

Get answers to your questions about:
  • The key differences between hospice physician roles, including:
    • medical director
    • physician designee
    • IDG physician
    • attending physician
  • Which roles can sign certifications of terminal illness (CTIs)
  • How many medical directors hospices with multiple branches need

Download and share this valuable resource with your hospice team!

About the Author

Robert W. Markette, Jr., CHCRobert W. Markette, Jr., CHC has focused his practice on representing home health, hospice, private duty, and DME providers in all aspects of their operations. With more than a decade of experience in working with the these industries, he has developed a reputation for understanding the operational, compliance and legal/regulatory issues facing home care providers. Robert is recognized for his expertise in this space and is a frequent speaker on home health, hospice and private duty legal matters across the USA. He has presented to the American Health Lawyers Association, the National Association for Home Health and Hospice Care, DecisionHealth, and many other national speaking events and state trade association conferences. Robert is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the Health Care Compliance Association and the Indiana and Oklahoma State Bar Association. He serves on both the Board of Medical Specialty Coding and the Association for Home Care Compliance.


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