Katie Wehri

Katie Wehri
Katie Wehri Director of Operations Consulting
Recent articles written by Katie Wehri
  • Hospice FY2019 Proposed Rule – Payment and Quality Reporting Program View
  • Hospice Quality Measure Reports Available View
  • Home Health MedPAC Report to Congress View

Upcoming Events

Tue 22

2018 CAHSAH • CHAPCA Annual Conference & Expo

May 22 - May 24
Monterey CA
United States
Speaker: Melinda Gaboury and Katie Wehri

We are pleased to announce that the 2018 Annual Conference & Expo will be sponsored by the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH) and by the California Hospice and Palliative Care Association (CHAPCA). We hope you’ll join in on the fun this year, as we celebrate expanding relationships and even more educational and networking opportunities than ever before!

Melinda Gaboury, HPS CEO, will speak at the following sessions:
M100 | Tuesday, May 22 | 10:15 am – 11:45 am, Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM). HHGM is the most industry-shaking event since IPS in 1998. The model as proposed would stand to cause agencies to receive 15% less in reimbursement than in 2017. Therapy will no longer receive increased reimbursement, coding will be more important than ever, and LUPAs are going to be significant. Learning Objectives: • Review the changes to PPS for 2018 • Detail the intricacies of HHGM
• Detail calculations of the current system versus HHGM using actual patient episodes

H200 | Tuesday, May 22 | 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm. Hospice PEPPER Reports- Only 40% of hospices across the country have accessed their PEPPER Reports. PEPPER reports are produced from claims data and compare the agency to the National 80th Percentile as well as to all agencies in their Medicare MACs Jurisdiction. If you are above the National average you are targeted for additional reviews by the Medicare MAC, Recovery Auditors and ZPIC auditors, Learning Objectives: • List the reasons for the PEPPER and how to access it • Detail the Target Areas that are calculated and compared within the reports • Review reports and identify areas that the hospice needs to work on for improvement

M400 | Wednesday, May 23 | 10:45 am – 12:15 pm OASIS: What Else Is There? OASIS is the most important piece of documentation agencies must complete. It initiates reimbursement, controls outcomes calculations, effects 5-Star Rating and is the controlling factor in Value Based Purchasing. OASIS is the tool that must be tweaked to become an instrument of Post-Acute Care outcome measures due to the IMPACT ACT. Do you really know its total impact? Learning Objectives: • List the different aspects of the agency’s day-to-day that is impacted by OASIS • Discuss the effect that the IMPACT Act is set to have on OASIS • Evaluate the impact of OASIS on outcomes and determine areas of needed improvement

Katie Wehri, HPS Director of Operations Consulting will speak at the following session:
H300 | Tuesday, May 22 | 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm, Hospice Quality Update – HIS, CAHPS, and HEART. This session will be fully developed after the release of the proposed CMS FY2019 Hospice Payment Rate and Quality Reporting Program update is released at the end of April 2018. It is expected that there will be more information on HEART, a standardized comprehensive assessment tool for hospices, in the April release. This session will explain the details learned in the proposed rule and review the impact on HIS and the hospice quality reporting program as well as discuss how hospices should be preparing for compliance with the changes. Updates to the CAHPS Hospice Survey will also be discussed. As time permits, suggestions for how hospices can improve in their HIS and CAHPS Hospice Survey outcomes will be shared and discussed. Learning Objectives: • Explain the current status of HEART and its impact on HIS • Review and discuss the updates to the HIS and CAHPS Hospice Survey as proposed for FY2019 and beyond • Share suggestions for how hospices can improve their HIS and CAHPS Hospice Survey outcomes

Thu 24

2019 Hospice Proposed Rule

May 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm CDT
Nashville TN
United States
Speaker: Katie Wehri

The proposed rule is used to by CMS to relay the proposed payment rates for hospices for the next fiscal year, provide an update on the hospice quality reporting measures, and to propose additional or revised rules. The FY2019 hospice proposed rule is expected at the end of April with the following potentially addressed in the proposal:
1. Physician assistants as attending physicians for hospice patients
2. Possible claims based measures added to the hospice quality reporting program
3. More information on HEART – the standardized comprehensive assessment instrument CMS is developing for hospices
4. More information on possible future payment refinements as CMS has more data from hospice cost reports and another year of payment data upon which to draw conclusions
5. Comments from CMS regarding ongoing data analysis and concerns
This webinar will focus on what is in the proposed rule, the potential impact on hospices, and how hospices should respond

Jun 06

The Home Care & Hospice Association of NJ’s 2018 Annual Conference and Exhibition

June 6
Atlantic City NJ
United States
Speaker: Katie Wehri

The Home Care & Hospice Association of NJ’s Annual Conference and Exhibition offers timely educational programs, networking and exhibit opportunities that will help attendees tackle current industry challenges and succeed within their organization. Join home health, hospice and health care service firm leaders to learn strategies and gain insights to position your agency for success and growth!

Over 200 professionals, including top leadership, from more than 100 agencies attend the conference year after year. Come and join us at Caesar’s Atlantic City!

Katie Wehri is Director of Operations Consulting for Healthcare Provider Solutions, Inc.  (HPS)  She joined HPS in 2017 to develop and provide hospice and home health educational opportunities, conduct operational reviews and work with the HPS clinical team on mock surveys and chart reviews.

Katie has more than 25 plus years in the hospice, home health, private duty and palliative care industries, and is certified by the Health Care Compliance Association in health care compliance and health care privacy compliance. She has worked with multiple state and national associations to assist members with Hospice regulatory, operations, financial and legislative issues. She has written numerous articles and provides workshops and webinars for multiple home care and hospice associations.  A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Katie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Administration. She spent 16 years working with homecare and hospice agencies with the majority of those years in a Director’s role, prior to starting a consulting practice in 2009.

Katie has been consulting, presenting and educating in the home care and hospice industry since 2009.  She has worked for hospices in a variety of settings, including multiple locations in multiple states, a hospice inpatient unity, pediatric hospice and adult and pediatric palliative care. Katie has gained valuable experience in the following areas:

  • Accreditation standards interpretation
  • Compliance and quality assessment
  • Mock surveys
  • Operations
  • Health care regulation
  • Performance Improvement
  • Opening and expanding sites for: Home care, Hospice and Palliative Care