CMS Appendix M Update: The Highlights
CMS revised the State Operations Manual Appendix M for hospice providers and surveyors. Updates to the content are based on hospice program integrity updates in the FY 2022 Home Health payment update rule and the 2019 Burden reduction rule. This webinar will review "must know highlights" of the Appendix M revision including the revised survey protocol for hospice compliance surveys.
- Describe why CMS updated Appendix M
- Discuss the updated survey protocol
- Identify updates to Appendix M regulatory content
Vice President of Quality and Standards
CHAP - Community Health Accreditation Partner
Dr.Jennifer Kennedy will lead all performance improvement activities at CHAP usingtargeted indicators of patient-centered performance and care. In addition, shewill also design, revise, and develop our CHAP Standards of Excellence.
In herprevious role, she has served as the Senior Director of Quality &Regulatory for the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization and hasbeen with the organization since 2006. She has more than 35 years of experienceas a leader and nurse in diverse healthcare settings and has worked in hospiceand palliative care for the last 20+ years.
She has a doctoral degreein health care education and policy, a dual master’s degree in health educationand case management, a bachelor’s degree in nursing, and is a certifiedhealthcare compliance professional.
Jennifer led the NHPCOhospice quality team and interacted with CMS and their contractors related tohospice regulatory and quality issues. She is also a member of the ANA’snational palliative nursing task group and has been honored by the UK’s St.Christopher’s Hospice as a Nursing Pioneer for their 2020 Palliative CareNursing Project.
“Our patient-centered,partner-focused philosophy is most important at the intersection of our qualityimprovement implementation and research, and our standards of excellence. Weare excited to add Dr. Kennedy to the team and know that her leadership and experiencewill enable us to continue to advance quality patient-centered care.” – NathanJ. DeGodt, President & CEO
Jennifer serves as facultyat national and state conferences, writes articles for the trade journals,contributes to and reviews health care publisher materials, and develops educationand resources for hospice and palliative care providers. She also teachesGraduate Health Care Administration courses at the university level.