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Community-Based Palliative Care Certification

July 25, 2017
2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

CE/CME Information

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Webinar Description

Community-Based Palliative Care Certification provides an opportunity and structure for the development of specialty level palliative care services that are based on clinical practice guidelines and evidence based practice. This Webinar will highlight certification options and examine the business case for certification. In addition, faculty will explore lessons learned from organizations with different program designs that have achieved certification.

Webinar Objectives

At the completion of this Webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the characteristics and goals of Community-Based Palliative Care Certification
  • Discuss the business case for Community-Based Palliative Care Certification
  • Implement  strategies for successfully achieving certification through the use of clinical practice guidelines and evidence-based tools
  • Identify  clinical and operational performance metrics that will ensure success


Terre Mirsch, MS, BSN, NEA-BC, CHPN, CHPCA

Terre has practiced in the hospice and palliative care field in various capacities and settings for more than 28 years. She is currently the Director, Home Health and Hospice Services for Main Line Health System where she is responsible for leadership and management of home health and hospice operations. Current responsibilities include fiscal management, planning, coordination, implementation and evaluation of the provision of home health, palliative care, and hospice services. Terre led the steering committee and project plan for development of the Community-Based Palliative Care Program that achieved Joint Commission certification in November, 2016. Terre received her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from LaSalle University and a Masters in Leadership from Grand Canyon University. She is a Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN), Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Administrator (CHPCA), and is a Board Certified Nurse Executive. Terre is an experienced speaker at the local, regional, and national level regarding hospice and palliative care, pain management, complementary therapies, and other end of life care related topics.

Margherita C. Labson RN, MSHSA, CPHQ

Ms. Labson is Executive Director for the Home Care Program at The Joint Commission. In this role, she is responsible for coordinating the efforts of the Home Care Business Development team in identifying new markets, familiarizing organizations with the accreditation process, participating in new product development, and the strategic development and tactical operations of the Home Care Accreditation Program. Ms. Labson is a veteran health care professional who has specialized in the provision of home care services since 1977 from both multi-operational and academic perspectives.  She has extensive knowledge in the legal, regulatory, and accreditation requirements for the scope of home care programs provided in the United States and Puerto Rico. She is an experienced lecturer, educator, a published author, and frequently serves as a technical expert in areas of home care and accreditation.

Judi Lund Person, MPH, CHC

Judi Lund Person has been the Vice President, Regulatory and Compliance for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization since July 2002. Prior to joining the team at NHPCO, she served for 22 years as the President and CEO of The Carolinas Center for Hospice and End of Life Care. A recognized national leader in the field of hospice and end-of-life care, Lund Person works with hospice providers on regulatory and compliance issues, audits, and fraud and abuse in hospice. Lund Person spearheaded the creation and launch of NHPCO’s Quality Partners, a national initiative designed to build organizational excellence and improve hospice and palliative care delivery and outcomes. Lund Person lends her regulatory expertise as a key contact with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Food and Drug Administration, Drug Enforcement Administration, and many other federal agencies. She also represents hospice and palliative care with many national organizations, including the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care. She graduated with honors with a BA degree in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Masters degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also a certified compliance professional (CHC).

Lorette Shea, RN, BSN, MPS

Lorette has practiced nursing for 40 years. She has been working in home care for 30 years; 27 years as a manager. She joined the Quality Management Department at MJHS ten years ago and one of her primary responsibilities is to foster evidence-based practice. She also chairs the Clinical Practice Council and the Disease Specific Management Team. Lorette oversees the development of policies and procedures for home care and guides regulatory compliance. She was involved in the Joint Commission certification for MJHS Home Care in the Disease Specific Management Program for Heart Failure and the recent certification in Community-Based Palliative Care. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Salve Regina College and a Masters in Professional Studies in Health Services Administration from the New School for Social Research.

Nurse: NHPCO is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

NHPCO designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 contact hours. Nurses should claim only the contact hours commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Accredited status by ANCC refers only to continuing nursing education and does not imply endorsement of any commercial product discussed in conjunction with this activity.

Physician: The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

NHPCO designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Certificate of Participation for Non-physician Healthcare Professionals: For participants* whose disciplines are other than counselor, nurse and physician, you may request a Certificate of Participation for Non-physician Healthcare Professionals to submit to your accrediting bodies/licensing boards for continuing education credit. This certificate will indicate the Webinar was certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. It is the responsibility of participants to submit the certificates to their accrediting bodies/licensing boards for approval. Unfortunately, NHPCO cannot guarantee its acceptance. To receive this certificate, you must complete all CE/CME requirements and indicate your desire to receive this certificate on the evaluation form.

*including bereavement professionals, finance professionals, physician assistants, social workers, spiritual care givers, etc.

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