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2018 Virtual Conference Faculty Website

Thank you for being a part of the esteemed faculty for the 2018 Virtual Conference: Turning Points – Mastering Transitions in Care. We are grateful for your participation and the time and expertise you will devote to preparing and delivering your presentation.  This Faculty Website will answer most of the questions you may have regarding your upcoming presentation and conference participation. For additional assistance, contact Wanda Allen, Coordinator, NHPCO Professional Development (703-647-8508). 

Faculty Orientation

NHPCO hosted a Faculty Orientation (by telephone and internet) on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 to help concurrent session faculty prepare for their sessions. If you were unable to participate, you may view the recording at any time. Recorded Faculty Orientation.

Faculty Requirements

We have specific requirements from the accrediting bodies that enable us to provide continuing education credit (CE/CME) to participants. Deadlines and specific needs are listed below.

Deadline for Professional Profile Information: Friday, May 18, 2018, 11:59 EST

Professional Profile (your credentials, affiliation, bio, photo)
Faculty Disclosure (your financial interests or affiliations)

Deadline for Slides/Handouts: Friday, June 29, 2018, 11:59 EST


VC2018 PPT Template
Frequently Asked Questions
Contact Information

Professional Profile CE/CME Requirement*
NHPCO is required to gather specific information on each faculty member by continuing education accrediting bodies. Your professional profile contains all the necessary information.

The information provided about you in conference materials (credentials, organizational affiliation and location) comes directly from the profile. Please make sure every item is completed and accurate by the deadline – changes made after this may not be reflected accurately in conference materials.

A Faculty Disclosure is part of your professional profile and must be completed; for an explanation, see Faculty Disclosure.

Click here to access your Professional Profile. For help, contact Wanda Allen at wallen@nhpco.org

Faculty Disclosure CE/CME Requirement*
Faculty is required to disclose any relevant financial relationships that he/she or a spouse/partner have (within the past 12 months) with a commercial interest whose products or services are used in the provision of hospice and palliative care.

A commercial interest is any proprietary entity that produces, markets, resells or distributes healthcare goods and services consumed by or used on patients (with the exception of non-profit organizations, a government entity, providers of clinical services directly to patients, health insurance providers, non-health related companies, for-profit hospitals, rehabilitation centers and nursing homes.

Having an interest in or affiliation with a commercial interest does not prevent faculty from making a presentation, but the relationship must be made known to the audience in advance to be in compliance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the American Nurses Credentialing Commission (ANCC). If a faculty member discloses relationships that indicate a conflict of interest, NHPCO will work with faculty to resolve these prior to the conference.

Regretfully, you will be unable to speak at this conference if you have not completed/updated your Faculty Disclosure. Your Faculty Disclosure can be accessed via your Professional Profile.

Speaker Release
All sessions will be recorded by CommPartners, with whom NHPCO contracts to provide the Virtual Conference.  All recorded conference sessions will be available to all registered individuals and organizations for three (3) months following the completion of the live Virtual Conference. In the future, the conference conveners may want to repurpose the session and make it available to its members in a different format (such as an online course, for example). If you are opposed to future potential uses of your session, this must be indicated in the Speaker Release area of your Primary Presenter’s Professional Profile and submit by the deadline.

Your Speaker Release can be accessed via your Primary Presenter’s Professional  Profile.

Use of Commercial Music and/or Video*: Playing copyrighted music or video or performing copyrighted music generally requires permission and possible payment of licensing fees.

However, if short music clips or video are used for educational purposes only; i.e. to demonstrate a point as opposed to entertain the audience, such usage can generally be considered “fair use” and does not require explicit permission. If, however, full songs or complete videos are used, you must provide written proof that you have received permission from the publisher.

Click here for a sample permission letter.

For more information about what constitutes “fair use,” click here

*If you plan on using video clips, please notify Wanda Allen no later than June 29, 2018.  

PowerPoint Slides/Handouts
The conference conveners review all PowerPoint slides/handouts used in conference presentations in advance, in order to be in compliance with continuing education accreditation bodies; please abide by our June 29, 2018 deadline. All PowerPoint slides/handouts should be submitted using the Virtual Conference PowerPoint Template. Upon approval, they will be posted on the Virtual Conference website for registered participants to download and print prior to, during and following the conference (for 3 months).

Please include all faculty names, organizational affiliation and email addresses on the first page/title slide.

If you choose to include copyrighted materials in PowerPoint slides/handouts, you must provide NHPCO with written proof that you have received permission from the publisher, author or artist. Click here for a sample permission letter. NHPCO is not responsible for copyright violations.

All PowerPoint slides/handouts must be uploaded into the X-CD conference database.  Please use the VC18 template and follow these instructions:

  • Save your presentation file as VC18_Session#_Session Title (example  – VC18_2A_Regulatory)
  •  PPT slides/handouts are reviewed and approved by the Education team
  • To access the conference database (X-CD) log in with:
    Email: YOUR EMAIL
    Password: YOUR EMAIL

Click here to upload your PPT slides/handouts

Please note: If this is your first time logging into the system, your password by default is your email address unless you changed it or created it when adding your profile.

Faculty Registration

As faculty, NHPCO is pleased to provide you with complimentary conference access. This complimentary conference access will be valid only for the live Virtual Conference and is for your personal use only.  If your login/password is utilized by more than one computer, you will be billed the registration fee for each computer that accesses the conference.  Your access login/password will be sent two weeks before the start of the conference. This will give you an opportunity to login and see the conference platform.

CE/CME Credit for Faculty

CE/CME credit for faculty will be provided at no charge for sessions you attend during the live conference (July 18 – 19, 2018). Faculty will be required to register their attendance and complete an evaluation of each session they attend. If the session you present is an original presentation (i.e. a new one not previously presented), you can receive credit for it as well.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does CE/CME Requirement* mean?
NHPCO will provide continuing education/continuing medical education credit for this conference to nurses and physicians and non-physician healthcare professionals.

Should I use a PowerPoint presentation?
Yes, a PowerPoint highlighting the key points of your presentation is required for you to participate in this conference (using the Virtual Conference template).  We recommend that you are diligent about not reading the material on slides to participants; use them only to illustrate key points and as an adjunct to your verbal presentation.

Please refer to Handouts/Slides for important information about preparing and submitting handouts/slides.

Do I need to register for the conference?
No. As faculty, NHPCO is pleased to provide you with complimentary conference access; see Faculty Registration. This provides access you only during the live conference (not the recorded content after the live conference is completed). The access can be used by you through one computer connection only.

What are my responsibilities as a faculty member?
To see a list of responsibilities and deadlines, click here.

Why am I required to complete a Faculty Disclosure?
The Faculty Disclosure lets the conference conveners know if you or a spouse/partner have/has any relevant financial relationships with a commercial interest. A commercial interest is any proprietary entity that produces, markets, resells or distributes healthcare goods and services consumed by or used on patients (with the exception of non-profit organizations, a government entity, providers of clinical services directly to patients, health insurance providers, non-health related companies, for-profit hospitals, rehabilitation centers and nursing homes. If you have a financial interest in or affiliation with such an entity, it does not prevent you from speaking, but we must ascertain whether a conflict of interest exists that could compromise our commitment to provide a conference that is free from commercial bias. If we determine that a conflict exists, we will work with you to resolve it.

This is so important to us and to the accrediting bodies that provide continuing education credit that you will be unable to speak at the conference if you have not completed/updated your Faculty Disclosure. To access the disclosure, click here.

Can I use music or video in my presentation?
Yes; as long as the music and video are properly embedded in your slides and received by the deadline.  Please test before sending. See Use of Commercial Music and/or Video above. It is your responsibility to secure the proper permissions for use of copyrighted materials and provide proof that permission has been received in advance of your presentation as applicable.

What if an emergency occurs and I cannot participate in the conference?
Please contact Wanda Allen at wallen@nhpco.org

Conference Conveners Contact Information

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
1731 King Street, Suite 100
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone: 703-837-1500

Wanda Allen
Coordinator, Professional Development
Email: wallen@nhpco.org
Phone: 703-647-8508

Barbara L Bouton, MA, FT
Vice President, Professional Development
Email: bbouton@nhpco.org
Phone: 703-647-6681

American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
8735 Higgins Road, Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60631
Phone: 847-375-4712

Julie Bruno, MSW, LCSW
Chief Learning Officer
Email: juliebruno@aahpm.org
Phone: 847-375-4393 

Angie Forbes, Manager, Education and Training
Email: aforbes@aahpm.org
Phone: 847-375-4813

Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association
One Penn Center West, Suite 425
Pittsburgh, PA 15276
Phone: 412-787-9301

Constance Dahlin, MSN, ANP-BC, ACHPN, FPCN, FAAN
Director of Professional Practice
Email: connied@hpna.org

Julie Tanner, BSN, RN-BC, CHPN
Nurse Educator
Email: Juliet@hpna.org