About Us

Hospice Fundamentals was founded in 2009 to fill a void: a lack of expert regulatory and compliance support and experience-based implementation strategies from veterans in the field.

The answer? A unique subscription product that brings depth and breadth of knowledge, experience and common sense to hospices of all shapes and sizes. And, with subscription fees based on average daily census, finally a resource affordable even to smaller hospices.

Hospice Fundamentals cuts through the “well we’ve always done it this way” fog and really shows the clear guidelines to follow.
Theresa Hipp, MBA-HCM, BSN, RN
Director of Clinical Operations, Hospice, Redeemer Health Homecare and Hospice

Our Committment:

No matter how diverse,​ Hospice Fundamentals subscribing hospices share a commitment to:

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Jean Acevedo

LHRM, CPC, CHC, CENTC
AAPC Fellow
President & CEO

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Christopher Acevedo

CHC
Chief Operating Officer

The Team

The expertise of the principals, Jean and Christopher Acevedo, allow our subscribers to benefit from their long history in hospice and also in this era of sweeping changes in the post-acute care market.

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Zuzana Ton

MHSA
Vice President of Operations and Strategic Development

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Annette Lee

RN, MS, HCS-D, COS-C

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Jonathan Vasquez

Membership Services Coordinator

Linda Misiura

Graphic and Web Designer

Jean and Christopher are joined by an experienced and knowledgeable team, providing our clients with regulatory updates, current trends, educational tools and overall support. Hospice Fundamentals is an excellent resource for any hospice across the country.

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Jean Acevedo

LHRM, CPC, CHC, CENTC
AAPC Fellow
President & CEO

Jean has over 30 years of health care experience and founded Acevedo Consulting in 2000. She has a particular expertise in chart audits, compliance & education relative to physician documentation and coding. Jean has also been an expert witness in civil litigation and an investigative consultant for the DOJ and FBI in Federal fraud cases.

Recognizing physician reimbursement is moving from a pure “fee for service” model to one reimbursing for quality and value, her firm is helping ACO’s and physician organizations understand the rules and nuances of diagnosis coding and the impact on Medicare Risk Adjustment (MRA) coding.

Jean is an instructor at Florida Atlantic University where she teaches the regulatory compliance modules of FAU’s Certificate in Medical Business Management program, and a member of several Coding Institute Editorial Advisory Boards. Jean has been a Participant in CMS’ Medicare Provider Feedback Group, CMS Division of Provider Information Planning and Development since 2007 and is a member of the Jurisdiction 9 MAC’s Provider Outreach and Education Advisory Group. She is a co-author of a series of “Top 10” articles, published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine; and her article, “Value-based Payment Modifier: Quality vs. Cost”, was published in Healthcare Business Monthly, February 1, 2015.

She is a frequently sought after speaker as she possesses the unique perspective of avoiding risk and liability while optimizing reimbursement in the highly regulated health care industry.

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Christopher Acevedo

CHC
Chief Operating Officer

Christopher is a healthcare industry veteran with over 15 years of expertise in combining the unique perspective of avoiding physician risk and liability with opportunities for optimizing reimbursement. He has returned to ACI after a 6 year hiatus where he most recently served as Vice President of Physician Operations for the Nation’s largest privately held hospice as well as the Chief Operating Officer of the largest multi-state provider of palliative care services in the United States.

In these roles he was responsible for day-to-day operations, strategic growth, oversight of clinical integration and excellence, financial performance and operational efficiencies. Christopher previously served as a Senior Consultant and HIPAA Specialist with Acevedo Consulting Incorporated.

Mr. Acevedo remains a highly sought after lecturer and his expertise in building highly integrated palliative care partnerships has been integral in transforming the way healthcare is delivered to the most vulnerable of patient populations.

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Zuzana Ton

MHSA
Vice President of Operations and Strategic Development

Zuzana Ton, MHSA, has 25+ years of experience in the HealthCare Industry and is a highly successful leader with exceptional outcomes through performance-focused expertise.  

Prior to joining the Acevedo Consulting team, Zuzana was responsible for a multitude of Healthcare organizations and their overall operations. She was instrumental in launching and expanding Hospital and Home Health joint ventures, developed clinical programs in senior communities and integrated additional service lines into current markets utilizing her financial and operational expertise. Zuzana’s extensive knowledge in transitioning companies through acquisitions, creating positive team culture and hands on leadership has made her an excellent addition to the Acevedo Consulting team.

As the VP of Operations and Strategic Development, Zuzana is responsible for streamlining our current operations and expanding our Hospice and Home Health Fundamentals subscription product lines.

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Jonathan Vasquez

Membership Services Coordinator

Jonathan has over 10 years of experience in Client Relations with skills geared toward database management, technical support, and the facilitation of webinars.

A Texas native, Jonathan began his career in the Auto Industry and quickly found success in building long lasting relationships. With a vision and the drive to start his own business, Jonathan built a very successful real estate venture by creating an extensive client base and loyal customers. He also managed a database of more than 5 thousand contacts, expanded strategic marketing techniques and developed engaging websites.

His excellent customer services skills, dynamic personality and technical expertise make Jonathan a valuable team member.

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Annette Lee

RN, MS, HCS-D, COS-C
Senior Consultant

Annette is a registered nurse with a Master’s in Health Care Administration. Practicing since 1990, the majority of her nursing experience is in the realm of home health. For over a decade, Annette worked with the CMS MAC where she provided medical review and education on documentation of Home Health and Hospice claims.

Annette is certified in OASIS and ICD-10 Coding (COS-C and HCS-D), and provides solutions for audits, appeals, survey issues and quality performance. Her experience in the “real world” and the inside knowledge of Medicare helps her guide providers to meet the requirements of CMS, and ensure compliant, efficient operations.  

Linda Misiura

Graphic and Web Designer

Linda has an MA in Interactive Media and has been designing and developing websites for over 15 years. She’s been with Hospice Fundamentals since the very beginning, designing and editing the FYIs, TOTs, websites and anything else you might find a Hospice or Home Health logo on!

Linda specializes in easy-to-edit websites, but her favorite task is partnering with companies longterm to watch and help them grow. Working with clients big and small, she helps businesses level up their content, making it easier to read and engage with both on the web and in print. Linda believes that good design is good business and that working with a designer should be a fun and easy experience. Find her online at lindadoesdesign.com

Our

Philosophy

Hospice Fundamentals believes that the highest quality and most cost-effective care is provided by Hospices whose regulatory approach is guided by three simple statements.

Known as The Principles of a Prudent Hospice™, we believe they say it all:

We exist to take care of patients and families and not to be slaves to regulations.

We are responsible for knowing the regulations and for following them.

We do nothing without knowing why we are doing it.

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