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Danielle Pierotti Appointed to CMS Technical Expert Panel on Hospice Quality Reporting

VNAA is pleased to announce the appointment of Danielle Pierotti, RN, MSN, AOCN, CHPN (PhDc), of HCI-VNS Care Services of Iowa to The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) Technical Expert Panel (TEP). Danielle will be a presenter at VNAA's upcoming Midwest Regional Meeting June 17-18 in Kansas City, Mo.

A technical expert panel (TEP) is a group of stakeholders and experts who provide technical input to the measure contractor on the development, selection, and maintenance of measures for which CMS contractors are responsible. Convening the TEP is one important step in the measure development or reevaluation process that CMS contractors use to ensure transparency and it provides an opportunity to receive multi-stakeholders input early in the process.

Individuals with expertise in the relevant fields including clinicians, statisticians, quality improvement, methodologists, and pertinent measure developers, as well as consumers, are encouraged to submit nominations. TEP members are chosen to provide input to the measure contractor based on their personal experience and training. TEP members are selected to represent a diversity of perspectives and backgrounds.

Danielle's knowledge and expertise in hospice, nursing, quality, and performance improvement, is well matched with the purpose of this TEP. In her current position as Director of Clinical Practice and Chief Nurse for Hospice, she is directly responsible for all operational and clinical aspects of delivering high quality, interdisciplinary hospice care to residents across 35, mostly rural counties, of Iowa. Additionally, she possesses a keen interest in translating research to practical outcome measures.

Danielle is also a member of the VNAA Hospice Blueprint Working Group and Clinical Leaders Interest Group.



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