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Call for Proposals

NHPCO's 2018 Management and Leadership Conference

Education Programs and Preconference Seminars: April 21-22, 2018
Main Conference: April 23-25, 2018
Washington Hilton, Washington DC

Submission Deadline:  Wednesday, August 16, 2017, midnight ET


Executive leadership and management at all levels of hospice and palliative care will comprise the audience for this conference, including presidents and CEOs, administrators, directors, clinical managers, finance and development managers/coordinators, quality and performance improvement professionals, regulatory and compliance officers, marketing and public relations managers, educators, researchers and other leaders working to promote the successful advancement of hospice and palliative care.

The MLC’s robust array of educational activities at proficient to expert presentation levels will include the following areas of emphasis:

  • Clinical and Operations Management                                    
  • Engagement
  • Executive Leadership
  • Palliative Care
  • Public Policy
  • Quality
  • Regulatory
  • Staff Development/Excellence

Areas of Emphasis and Topic Ideas


NHPCO seeks proposals from seasoned leadership and management experts designed to advance the knowledge, competence and performance of hospice and palliative care leadership and management professionals. Advance leadership in the hospice and palliative care field by submitting a presentation proposal that addresses one or more of the conference objectives listed below.

MLC Learning Objectives

  • Construct organizational systems and processes and develop professional staff to adapt to changing   circumstances;
  • Develop innovative approaches to improve access to care; engage diverse populations;  and promote the benefits     of hospice and palliative care
  • Distinguish executive leadership and management skills required to lead hospice and palliative care programs;
  • Describe emerging and established community-based palliative care programs;
  • Cite and develop strategies to respond to changes in the regulatory and health policy landscapes;
  • Identify strategies to address quality requirements as well as assessment and improvement practices;  
  • Apply demonstrated practices to promote staff development and excellence in performance;
  • Integrate approaches, practices, innovations and strategies to advance the provision of hospice and palliative care.

Please Note: Over 60% of MLC participants have 11+ years of professional experience in the hospice and palliative care field. Thus, proposals to be considered for this conference must be geared toward the expert (advanced) or proficient (intermediate) levels for seasoned hospice palliative care executives and leaders; preference will be given to these proposals. A description of proficient and advanced level proposals can be found under Levels of Presentations (below).

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, August 16, midnight ET
Proposal Notification: November, 2017

Selection of Conference Faculty

Concurrent presentations are selected through this Call for Proposals.  Preference is given to those with leadership experience and national, regional or state presentation experience. A detailed description of each faculty member’s education, qualifications, familiarity with the audience and presentation experience is required.  

Where programs are direct providers of hospice and palliative care, preference will be given to members of NHPCO. Proposals submitted by individuals working in commercial interest organizations (see glossary below) will not be accepted if the content relates to healthcare goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients that are produced, marketed, re-sold, or distributed by the commercial interest organization.

Preconference and Plenary faculty are invited by NHPCO staff and are not selected via this Call for Proposals.

Types of Presentations
NHPCO will be accepting proposals for both 60 minute and 90 minute presentations.
  • Concurrent 60 Sessions: Detail innovative approaches, provide critically important information (e.g. such as regulatory, health policy or quality-related), discuss successful strategies and/or provide tools that can be replicated in other settings. Time for questions/discussion is included.
  • Concurrent 90 Sessions: Must include participant involvement in the learning experience. These sessions present in-depth exploration and application of a topic. A very limited number of 90 minute sessions will be included in this conference.

Levels of Presentations
The MLC 2018 Conference Planning Committee is seeking proposals at the following presentation levels:
  • Expert (Advanced) Proposals: contain case or experience-based learning scenarios; are grounded in evidence-based knowledge; explore, analyze and synthesize multiple theoretical approaches and articulate the rationale for using the recommended approach for a given situation.
  • Proficient (Intermediate) Proposals: contain case or experience-based learning scenarios; explore atypical situations and demonstrate the use of analytical thinking to make decisions.

Novice or entry level presentations are not being invited for this conference. The Conference Planning Committee will determine the learning level of each concurrent session during their review process.

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships with Commercial Companies
NHPCO programs are noncommercial. NHPCO endorses the Standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the American Nurses Credentialing Commission (ANCC), which specify that sponsors (i.e. NHPCO) of continuing medical education/continuing education activities disclose all relevant financial relationships* faculty have with commercial interests*.
NHPCO has implemented a process where everyone who is in a position to control the content of an educational activity must disclose all relevant financial relationships they have with any commercial interest. (This includes NHPCO, as we disclose to participants all educational grants we receive for our conferences.) If it is determined that a conflict of interest* exists as a result of a relevant financial relationship faculty has, NHPCO will work with the faculty to resolve the conflict prior to the conference. If all conflicts are not resolved or if faculty refuses to disclose relevant financial relationships, they will be disqualified from presenting at this conference.

Under no circumstances should NHPCO’s national conference be used as a place for promotion of a faculty member’s product, service or monetary self-interest. NHPCO takes the responsibility for ensuring that conferences are free from commercial bias very seriously, and may decline all future proposals from any faculty that does not abide by this policy.

*See below for a glossary of terms.

Presentation Expectations
All presentations at NHPCO conferences must adhere to ACCME’s Content Validation Policy. Specifically, all suggestions or recommendations involving clinical medicine and practice must be based upon evidence that is accepted within the medical profession.
In addition, all scientific research referred to, reported or used in a conference session must conform to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection and analysis.

NHPCO faculty is expected to refrain from overt statements, harsh language or pointed humor that disparages the rightful dignity and social equity of any individual or group.

Conference Schedule
In order to achieve a balanced conference program, NHPCO will determine the day and time at which sessions are scheduled. Faculty must be able to speak on the day assigned. Concurrent sessions scheduled on April 23 – 25, 2018 will be 60 or 90 minutes in length. NHPCO reserves the right to change the length of any session. If this occurs, faculty will be notified and asked to adjust their objectives and content accordingly.

Proposal Review, Selection and Notification Process
NHPCO’s proposal review process is conducted by members of the Conference Planning Committee, which ensures a rigorous review of every proposal.  This Committee is comprised of hospice and palliative care professionals from NHPCO’s Professional Education Committee, National Council of Hospice Palliative Professionals (NCHPP), Council of States, NHPCO committees and other education, hospice and palliative care professionals with demonstrated successes in management and leadership.                   

Proposals are reviewed carefully based on the following criteria:

  • Topic is innovative, relevant and/or related to management and leadership in hospice palliative care and related to the conference theme, objectives and goals;
  • Time allocation and presentation content are well organized, with an accurate (i.e. proficient or expert) presentation level;
  • Faculty has appropriate and relevant experience;
  • Learning objectives are measurable and achievable, (view sample);
  • Likelihood of significant interest, appeal, applicability in the session;
  • Quality of practical information: tools, tips, practices, etc. that attendees will be able to implement and/or utilize following the presentation;
  • Identification of relevant professional practice gaps;
  • Relevant reference information.

Proposals are selected on the basis of information submitted. Faculty substitutions, deletions, or additions must be approved by NHPCO. NHPCO reserves the right to edit accepted presentations for publication on NHPCO’s website and in conference materials.

All materials provided in conference sessions must be reviewed and approved by NHPCO prior to the conference. As a result, deadlines for session handouts and slides are scheduled well in advance of the conference. Materials not submitted to NHPCO for review in advance may not be shown or provided in conference sessions.

Should you be selected to speak at this NHPCO conference, we ask that you view the opportunity as an important commitment and ensure that you meet all requests and deadlines, and that you deliver the presentation as scheduled. By sharing your expertise, you make a valuable contribution to the end-of-life care field.  

Electronic Communications
Prospective faculty submitting a proposal will receive an email notification after the selection of proposals is complete. Proposals will be accepted, declined or, in some cases, placed in a “tentative” group that are awaiting an opening in the conference program of events. If the tentative proposal cannot be accepted, faculty will be notified approximately 6-8 weeks prior to the conference.
Faculty of accepted proposals will be directed to a conference faculty webpage (approximately 3 months prior to the conference) where requirements and deadlines will be detailed and questions addressed.

Faculty Registration and Expenses
Faculty attending the full conference will receive a reduced registration rate (there is no registration fee for faculty not attending any other educational sessions or conference functions.) NHPCO does not provide honoraria nor reimburse concurrent session faculty for travel, lodging or other expenses.

Audio Visual Equipment
NHPCO provides laptop computers and standard audio-visual equipment for all presentations. Additional information will be provided on the Faculty website.

*Glossary of Terms

Commercial Interest

The ACCME defines a “commercial interest” as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. The ACCME does not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients, non-profit or government organizations and non-health care related companies to be commercial interests.  

Financial relationships

Financial relationships are those relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit.  Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received, or expected.  ACCME considers relationships of the person involved in the CME activity to include financial relationships of a spouse or partner.

Relevant financial relationships 

ACCME focuses on financial relationships with commercial interests in the 12-month period proceeding the time that the individual is being asked to assume a role controlling content of the CME activity. ACCME has not set a minimal dollar amount for relationships to be significant.  Inherent in any amount is the incentive to maintain or increase the value of the relationship. The ACCME defines “’relevant financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest.

Conflict of Interest

Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect CME content about products or services of a commercial interest with which he/she has a financial relationship.

Please note: NHPCO is using a new proposal system. To begin:

  • Use NHPCO log in/password 
  • If you have never logged into NHPCO in the past create an account by clicking "Click Here to Create a Profile" 

If you need help with login/password, contact NHPCO's Solution Center at 800-646-6460 for help. 

For more information about the process or to be added to the Call for Proposals e-mail list, contact NHPCO Professional Education at 703-647-5178 or education@nhpco.org

Begin a submission for the 60 minutes or 90 minutes sessions