spring intensive: REGULATORY UPDATE

May 2-3, 2024 at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel

8235 NE Airport Way in Portland, Oregon 97220

Please use this GROUP RESERVATION LINK to make your hotel reservations at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel. A special rate of $169 per night is available for OHPCA and WSHPCO guests.


OHPCA & WSHPCO Member Rates

$495 per person – 2 days
$325 per person – 1 day
$700 Exhibitor table

Non-Member Rates

$795 per person – 2 days
$475 per person – 1 day
$1000 Exhibitor table

Sponsor Opportunities

Gold – $3500
Silver – $2500


Marisette Hasan, BSN, RN, Chief Operating Officer, Essential Care Consulting. 40+ years of healthcare EOL leadership experience – Member, CMS HH Hospice, Health Equity TEP; Member, NHPCO DAC; Faculty, Equity Where It Matters, NHPCO


Penny Smith, BSN, RN, CHPN aka @HospiceNursePenny. 19 years of certified hospice and palliative care nursing in a variety of care settings and roles including inpatient, home case management, education, quality and regulatory. Penny has gathered over 1.6 million followers across her social media platforms as @hospicenursepenny.


Erin Musumeci, RN, Clinical Consultant, Home Health & Hospice Provider Outreach and Education (POE), Provider Experience (PEX) Team. She is the clinical educator at National Government Services, focusing on home health and hospice education.


Lynn Stange RN, BSN, MA, Hospice Quality Connection. Lynn formed HQC to assist and support hospices in their quality initiatives. She is a nationally recognized speaker in both the hospice and compliance arenas.


 Regulatory issues remain the focus of this annual conference, jointly supported by the Oregon Hospice and Palliative Care Association and the Washington State Hospice & Palliative Care Organization. The past several years brought a record number of regulatory changes in hospice; we continue to face the challenges of payment reform, ever-increasing scrutiny by the Office of the Inspector General, the “MACs” and other CMS “subcontractors”, continued changes and expansion in quality reporting requirements, as well as all the “usual” challenges in providing care for dying Oregonians and Washingtonians and their families.

We will again offer “Fit in 30!” sessions designed to stimulate the frontal lobes and maximize retention. What better place to learn and sort all this out than at the 2024 “Spring Intensive: Regulatory Update”!

Critical to the success of each state organization’s educational programming is the role of Exhibitors and Sponsors. Exhibiting and sponsoring is a terrific way to educate and promote your products and services and support outstanding educational outreach to Oregon & Washington hospice and palliative care providers. Vendors enjoy high visibility throughout the conference during meals and breaks. The exhibition area is in the core meeting area where attendees gather. Exhibitors and sponsors are invited and encouraged to attend all conference sessions, too. The jointly-supported Spring Intensive: Regulatory Update attracts hospice and palliative care administrators and managers, those with regulatory and quality improvement responsibilities, physicians and billing specialists. Attendance varies between 70-125 participants.

Thursday Program Highlights Include:

  • Marisette Hasan and “The CMS Health Equity Framework: What Are the Five Health Equity Priorities for Reducing Disparities in Health? How Will We Get There?” and “Knowledge Is Power: Let’s Get Started on Your Organizational Assessment!”
  • “How Do We Coach Them to Not Say That?” An Implicit Bias Panel with Marisette Hasan + local experts Harlan Miller, Eriko Onishi, Ionne Ott
  • Erin Musumeci and “Documentation to Avoid the Top Hospice Denials” plus addressing common documentation issues with attending physicians
  • Lynn Stange and “Meaningful PIPs to Help Improve Quality and Patient Satisfaction” (“Fit in 30!”)
  • Eriko Onishi, MD and “Opportunities in Community Advance Care Planning Conversations” (“Fit in 30!”)

Friday Program Highlights Include:

  • Penny Smith and “Influencing Death – Using Social Media to Destigmatize Hospice”
  • Lynn Stange and “Understanding CASPER”
  • Relatedness & Coverage Challenges Panel with physician Medical Directors David Brunelle, MD, FAAP, Hope Druckman, MD, Emily Looney, MD, HMDC, Karrie Lu, MD, Eriko Onishi, MD, Trish Zimburean, MD
  • Mary Mihalyo, PharmD, BCPS and Hospice Formulary Challenges
  • Kristin Nelson and “DME & Oxygen Rules: How to Facilitate a Smooth Transition for Patients Who Graduate From Hospice (“Fit in 30!”)
  • Leslie Emerick & Barb Hansen discuss Palliative Care updates for Oregon & Washington

    Please watch for additional information as it becomes available. In the meantime, REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN and please use this GROUP RESERVATION LINK to make your hotel reservations at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel located at 8235 NE Airport Way in Portland, Oregon 97220. A special rate of $169 per night is available for OHPCA and WSHPCO guests.

    CONTINUING EDUCATION   Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP14488 for 11 Contact Hours.

    This workshop has been approved for 11 CEUs by the Washington Chapter, National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Provider #1975-153.

    CANCELLATION POLICY   Substitutes are welcome.  Full refunds are available if notice is made by April 19, 2024. No refund will be granted thereafter.   WALK IN POLICY   Walk-ins are welcome if space is available and payment is made in full.

    Thanks to our GOLD Sponsor


    Thanks to our SILVER Sponsor


    Welcome to our exhibitors:

    Bellevue Healthcare • Hospice Quality Connection • National Government Services • OnePoint Patient Care • StateServ/Delta Care Rx • PeaceHealth