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MLC 2016 Conference Highlights

Opening Day Entertainment

NHPCO always tries to provide an early morning burst of energy with our opening entertainment! Before the opening plenary session begins, come to the main ballroom and enjoy the latest local talent to get the morning started!

Have Lunch with Global Partners in Care!
(Thursday, April 21, 12 noon – 1 pm)

Join us on our mission to enhance compassionate care globally. Conference participants are invited to a free special event during MLC to learn about Global Partners in Care, NHPCO’s international affiliate organization, and how your organization can support hospice and palliative care programs in Africa, India and other countries. Specifically, you will have an opportunity to:

  • Learn how to become an international partner;
  • Hear from existing partners about international efforts;
  • Support palliative care education scholarships for African nurses and social workers;
  • Celebrate the Global Partnership Award Winner; and
  • Be inspired to help other countries develop hospice and palliative care programs!

Boxed lunches will be provided plus a wonderful dessert bar for all event participants to enjoy. 

Thank you to our event Sponsors!

For more information, visit www.globalpartnersincare.org

Discipline-Specific Sessions by National Council of Hospice and Palliative Professionals (NCHPP)

NCHPP (pronounced N-Chip) is an interdisciplinary-focused and discipline-specific forum supporting hospice and palliative care professionals and volunteers through the provision of resources, education, and networking opportunities. Fifteen discipline-specific NCHPP sections collaborate to enhance the field of end-of-life care, which encompasses palliative, hospice, and bereavement care. NCHPP's primary purpose, to model and enhance interdisciplinary approaches to end-of-life care, will be realized at this conference through its conference sessions and other activities.

Join leaders of the National Council of Hospice and Palliative Professionals for discipline-specific and collaborative education sessions and networking opportunities on Thursday, April 21. Choose a session and tap into the remarkable wisdom of these leaders and benefit from the rich content of the sessions. Learn more about NCHPP and how you can become involved in learning, sharing and networking throughout the year! Become involved; meet and share ideas and suggestions, challenges and opportunities with your peers! 

Complimentary Boxed Lunch/Thursday April 21, 11:45 am – 12:45 pm

NHPCO provides a complimentary lunch for all attendees on the opening day! Select your complimentary boxed lunch and find a spot to sit and network with your peers! 

Opening Welcome Reception/Thursday April 21, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Exhibit Hall opens Thursday, April 21 with a Welcome Reception from 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm.  Come have a drink on us, say hello to NHPCO’s President and CEO, Don Schumacher and the NHPCO team. Meet the exhibitors! Learn about the latest trends in services and products in NHPCO’s Exhibit Hall!

“Do you have a product or services that could greatly benefit the hospice and palliative care community? For information regarding exhibit space, corporate support or conference advertising, visit the NHPCO exhibit opportunities webpage. Contact David Cherry, CEM, Manager of Corporate Relations & Exhibits by email at exhibit@nhpco.org or call (703) 647-8509.

NHPCO’s Management and Leadership Conference Exhibit Hall is the unique opportunity to extend the discussion from the concurrent session room into the exhibit hall with your peers through a valuable networking experience while exploring the latest trends in hospice and palliative care products and services. Learn ways to reduce cost, increase quality of care for patients and families, motivate, retain and recruit staff through innovative ideas to use on your daily job!”


Join the National Hospice Foundation as we celebrate and honor accomplishments in healthcare during our annual Gala and raise funds for National Hospice! The Gala attracts more than 600 attendees from across the country and includes a reception and formal dinner, honored guests, entertainment, dessert and dancing. An evening highlight will be the silent and exciting live auction that will feature unique items and packages that you won’t want to miss.

But this year’s Gala will be something more….

Following Don Schumacher’s recent announcement that he will retire from his position at NHPCO at the end of 2016, the annual Gala will also be our community’s opportunity to celebrate and honor Don Schumacher – as he looks to the next chapter of his life.

Gala sponsorships are available at every level of support and individual tickets are $225. Please note this is a ticketed event and not included in MLC registration. Dress to impress in your best formal attire.

Visit www.nationalhospicefoundation.org/gala for more information.

Please contact Joy Nguyen at jnguyen@nationalhospicefoundation.org or 703-647-5167.

Additional information 

NHPCO Regulatory Consultations

NHPCO’s Regulatory Team Judi Lund Person and Jennifer Kennedy are available for private regulatory consultations. If you have a complex issue or more than one issue to discuss with us, please schedule more than 15 minutes. We look forward to meeting with you!  Regulatory consultations will be held on Friday, April 22 from 1:45 pm to 3:00 pm.  Schedule an appointment here

Quality Town Hall -- An open forum with the NHPCO Quality and Standards Committee
Friday, April 22, 12:30 – 1:30 pm

HIS, CAHPS Hospice, QAPI compliance — the focus on quality is greater for hospices than ever before. The members of NHPCO’s Quality and Standards Committee are ready and able to share their knowledge and expertise to help you meet the challenges of achieving quality in care delivery and compliance with quality requirements.  Join us to:

  • Learn about Quality Resources on the NHPCO Quality website that can assist with compliance with CMS quality requirements;
  • Hear from Q & S Committee members about current projects and how they can help your hospice meet its quality goals;
  • Discuss quality issues and concerns.

Pick up your complementary box lunch in the Exhibit Hall and bring it - along with your questions, concerns and issues - to the Quality Town Hall in Potomac D for answers, resources and informed conversation for your quality arsenal. 

NHPCO Edge Consultations

NHPCO Edge, NHPCO’s consulting service, offers customized help with strategic planning, market analysis, new hospice startup, palliative care program development and media relations. Sue Lyn Schramm, Director, is available for private consultations to discuss how NHPCO Edge can help your program thrive and grow. 

Office hours during the conference will be in the following time blocks:

Thursday, 4/21 - 10:30am — noon
                                4:15pm — 5:30pm

Friday, 4/22 - 10:30am — noon
                         2:00pm — 5:00pm

Saturday, 4/23 - 10:00am — noon

Clients can book, change or cancel their own appointments

NCHPP Ribbon Desk

Convention Center Foyer

Learn how to become involved with the National Council of Hospice and Palliative Professionals (NCHPP), the individual membership “branch” of NHPCO and your professional “home.” Become involved in national projects, network with colleagues in your discipline and support interdisciplinary practice and excellence. NHPCO staff and NCHPP Section Leaders are eager to meet you and help you get connected!

If you are a member of one of NHPCO’s Councils or Committees, pick up a ribbon to add to your name badge at this desk.

Showcase Policy

Please be mindful of NHPCO’s Exhibition General Rules and Regulations and refrain from soliciting business in public spaces of the hotel or in another company’s booth when in the Exhibit Hall. NHPCO recognizes that “suitcasing” may take the form of commercial activity conducted from a guest room, hospitality suite, restaurant, club or other public place. For the purposes of this policy, suitcasing violations may occur at venues other than the Exhibit Hall and at other events. NHPCO must be informed of any hospitality suites/events in advance. Please report any violations noted to NHPCO staff.


NHPCO would like to thank the following organizations that have provided their generous support for its 31st Management and Leadership Conference: (as of 3/5/16)

Gold Supporters

Simione Healthcare
Consultants, LLC

- Conference Registration Badges
- Conference Lanyards
- Hotel Room Keycards

Silver Supporters

Kinnser Software
- Conference Wi-Fi Access


Bronze Supporters

Enclara Pharmacia
- Official Opening Welcome Reception

- Conference Tote Bags

Home Healthcare Solutions
-  Marketplace Shipping Center

Copper Supporter

Services Group 

- Technology Showcase Stage

Pewter Supporter 

Delta Care Rx 
Conference Pocket Guide/Agenda

HospiScript, a Catamaran Company
Note pads and Ink pens

Circle of Life Awards

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the National Hospice Foundation honor the recipients of the 2015 Circle of Life Award,® presented in July 2015 at the American Hospital Association’s annual summit held in San Francisco, California. The award celebrates innovation in end-of-life care and highlights programs that demonstrate superior vision, depth and scope.

2015 Circle of Life Winner: Care Dimensions, Danvers, Massachusetts                      

In addition to the award winner, the American Hospital Association (AHA) presented a Citation of Honor to: Hospice of Frederick County, Frederick, Maryland

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the National Hospice Foundation are major sponsors of the 2015 Circle of Life Awards as well as the American Hospital Association, the Catholic Health Association and the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care. The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the National Association of Social Workers

Conference Business Partners

NHPCO is pleased to acknowledge other companies whose products and services make this event a showcase of talent and professionalism:

  • Avis
  • Bergeron’s Floral
  • Bright Key Inc.
  • CCR Event Link
  • Coleman’s Executive Limo
  • Computech Inc.
  • Digital Conference Providers
  • Freeman
  • Gaylord Resort Security
  • In Focus Marketing
  • Kayla Advertisement  
  • Masterprint
  • PC Nametag
  • PLI Cards
  • Scootnaround, Inc.
  • Wizard Creations