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Palliative Care Education and Practice (PCEP)

December 2, 2018 to December 7, 2018

A course for palliative care clinical and education leaders. PCEP is designed for palliative care specialists, champions, and educators, as well as generalist and specialist physicians and nurses who wish to gain additional competencies in palliative care. PCEP enhances clinicians' skill in communication, teaching, and clinical practice.

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2018 NHPCO's Interdisciplinary Conference

November 5, 2018 to November 7, 2018

NHPCO's Interdisciplinary Conference 
Preconference Dates: November 3-4, 2018; 
Main Conference Dates: November 5-7, 2018
Hyatt Regency New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

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NHPCO Webinar - Medical Marijuana

September 13, 2018

September 13, 2018
2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

CE/CME Information

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Webinar Description

There is much discussion today, especially in the popular media, regarding the positive effect that marijuana has on patients. It can be difficult to separate what is anecdotal and what is evidence-based. This Webinar will separate the hype from the truth. Pain and symptom control are hallmarks of hospice care, along with interventions which provide overall patient-directed quality of life.  Does medical marijuana have potential to enhance care at the end of life? Or are the benefits marginal at best?  All of this is shrouded in the legal quandaries that hospice providers face.  Despite changes in some state laws, the federal government still classifies marijuana as an illegal substance.

Webinar Objectives

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

  • Identify the most recent peer-reviewed research on the efficacy of medical marijuana and its utilization with hospice patients
  • Describe legal implications for hospice staff related to documentation and reporting requirements
  • Summarize opioid utilization in states with both recreational or medical marijuana and the implications for hospice patients

Faculty 

Brian W. Jones, DHSc, CHPCA

Dr. Jones was named the President/CEO of the SHARE Foundation in November 2017.  The SHARE Foundation is a charitable, operating foundation.  One of its agencies is Life Touch Hospice.

Brian holds an undergraduate degree from Freed-Hardeman University, a graduate degree from Lubbock Christian University, a Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration from Des Moines University, and a doctor of health sciences degree (DHSc) from A.T. Still University.

Brian has a career background in healthcare administration, academics, non-profit leadership, and chaplaincy.  He has written several peer reviewed journal articles and spoken at state, regional and national conferences on medical ethics, palliative care, employee engagement, medical marijuana, and end-of-life issues. He is active with the Arkansas Public Health Association. He serves as CEO Section Chair of the National Council of Hospice and Palliative Care Professionals. He also serves on the Palliative Care Advisory Committee of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

While in Kentucky, Brian served as VP and Regulatory Chair of the Kentucky Association of Hospice and Palliative Care, where he was active in speaking to legislators regarding the legalization of medical marijuana relative to hospice patients.

He currently teaches adjunct in the Doctor of Behavioral Health program at Freed-Hardeman University and in the Master’s in Healthcare Administration program at Abilene Christian University.

 

He has previously taught Bioethics, Introduction to Ethics, Business Ethics, Values, and Healthcare Administration courses.

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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Practical Aspects of Palliative Care (PAPC)

September 12, 2018 to September 14, 2018

A foundational program in palliative care for new and experienced clinicians. For physicians, nurses, social workers, and allied health professionals who work with patients and families with serious illness or near the end of life.

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NHPCO Webinar - Hot Topics

August 28, 2018

August 28, 2018
2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

CE/CME Information

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Webinar Description

Join this Webinar for an in-depth discussion on the FY2019 Hospice Wage Index Final Rule.  Faculty will elaborate on the final rule’s trend analysis evaluating hospice claims and cost report data, the addition of physician assistants in regulatory text to conform with statutory changes, changes in claims submission requirements to reduce regulatory burden, publication of hospice rates and cap amount.  For hospice quality reporting, faculty will discuss changes to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP), approved measures that will be added to Hospice Compare and hospice data from the Provider Use File (PUF) that will be added in an information section to Hospice Compare.  Finally, faculty will discuss CMS’s request for feedback on health IT. NHPCO communicated its response in a comment letter on the proposed rule. 

Webinar Objectives

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

  • Discuss the FY2019 payment increase, rates and cap increase
  • Discuss data analysis for hospice claims
  • Identify 3 changes in the Hospice Quality Reporting Program

Faculty

Jennifer Kennedy, EdD, MA, BSN, RN, CHC

Jennifer is the Senior Director of Regulatory and Quality for the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization and has been with the organization since 2006. She has more than 30 years of experience as a leader and nurse in diverse healthcare settings and has worked in hospice and palliative care for the last 18+ years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in nursing, a dual master’s degree in health education and case management, and completed her doctoral degree in health care education and policy in March 2018. Jennifer is a certified compliance professional and legal nurse consultant. She speaks at national and state conferences, writes articles for trade journals, contributes to health care publisher materials, develops education and resources for hospice and palliative care providers, and serves on the ANA’s national palliative nursing task group.

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. Judi serves as a key contact with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, interfacing with hospice payment policy, Part D, survey and certification, contractor management, and program integrity functions, among others.  She also represents hospice and palliative care with the Medicare Administrative Contractors and other federal agencies and many national organizations.  She is a frequent speaker at state and national meetings and works daily with hospice providers and state hospice organizations on the ever-increasing array of regulatory and compliance issues. She works with her team at NHPCO to develop regulatory and compliance tools, including hospice payment rates and wage index values and compliance guides. She is also a certified compliance professional (CHC).

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 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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NHPCO Webinar - Managing Mental Illness

August 9, 2018

August 9, 2018
2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

CE/CME Information

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Webinar Description

Mental illness takes many forms at the end of life. When caring for patients with emotional distress, it is important to be able to determine when symptoms reach the level of a mental disorder and what interventions are appropriate based on the patient and family’s goals of care. This Webinar will identify strategies for coordinating care and dealing with challenges that arise when a mental health diagnosis gets in the way of the plan of care. Faculty also will address how to approach cases where family dynamics and safety issues complicate the care being provided.

Webinar Objectives

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

  • Identify the most common mental health illnesses seen in hospice and palliative care settings
  • Describe strategies for providing the best care for patients with mental  illness
  • Discuss the need for a coordinated, interprofessional plan of care for patients with mental illness 

Faculty 

Nathan Fairman, MD, MPH

Dr. Fairman is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the UC Davis School of Medicine. He is board-certified in General Psychiatry, and he has subspecialty certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He serves as an attending physician on the inpatient palliative care consult service at the UC Davis Medical Center. In addition, he is the Director of Supportive Oncology and Survivorship at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, where he also sees patients in the Psychosocial Oncology clinic. Dr. Fairman is a faculty associate in the Bioethics Program at the UC Davis School of Medicine. He also has a variety of teaching responsibilities throughout the UC Davis Health system, focused primarily on palliative care, end-of-life communication, and bioethics.

Counselor: The National Hospice and Palliative Care has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6232. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NHPCO is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. 
 

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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NHPCO Webinar - Beyond Routine Home Care

July 24, 2018

July 24, 2018
2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

CE/CME Information

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Webinar Description

Are you providing the right level of care at the right time? How do you recognize when it’s appropriate for a patient to transition to another care level? This Webinar will examine a hospice’s responsibility to provide all four levels of care, and discuss how CMS utilizes data analysis to identify hospices that are falling short. In addition, faculty will explore case examples, provide strategies and discuss an audit tool to help you determine when general inpatient or continuous home care is best for the patient to keep you in the safe zone. 

Webinar Objectives

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

  • Identify the criteria for each level of care
  • Describe how CMS monitors hospice programs through data analysis
  • Discuss strategies to ensure you are providing appropriate general inpatient or continuous home care

Faculty

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. Judi serves as a key contact with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, interfacing with hospice payment policy, Part D, survey and certification, contractor management, and program integrity functions, among others.  She also represents hospice and palliative care with the Medicare Administrative Contractors and other federal agencies and many national organizations.  She is a frequent speaker at state and national meetings and works daily with hospice providers and state hospice organizations on the ever-increasing array of regulatory and compliance issues. She works with her team at NHPCO to develop regulatory and compliance tools, including hospice payment rates and wage index values and compliance guides. She is also a certified compliance professional (CHC).

Sylvia L. Singleton, RN, CHC

Sylvia is the Corporate Compliance Office for Caris Healthcare and has been a Registered Nurse for 25 years.  She spent 15 years in Medicare working for a Medicare Contractor. This experience included policy development, medical review and data analytics. In addition, her experience included serving as a HCPCS Coordinator, reviewing medical equipment and assigning HCPCS codes for durable medical equipment (DME) for the Medicare Program. She also served as a Medical Affairs Coordinator to develop Local Coverage Determinations (LCDs) used in 16 states before moving on to Medical Review Manager. During this time, she initiated contractor medical review of Medicare claims for Part A and B along with Home Health and Hospice. Sylvia is certified in healthcare compliance through HCCA and is an active member of several boards and committees to improve and inform hospice regulations and patient care.  

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 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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NHPCO's 2018 Virtual Conference

July 18, 2018 to July 19, 2018

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NHPCO Webinar - Advances in Pain Management

July 12, 2018

July 12, 2018
2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

CE/CME Information

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Webinar Description

Pain management is priority one for hospice professionals. This Webinar will ensure you and your team are up to speed on the latest advances and treatments so that your patients are receiving the highest quality of care. Faculty will discuss the latest and most effective therapeutic options to treat challenging cases of pain as well as address their potential side effects. In addition, this Webinar will consider the presence of emotional pain, which may be better treated with non-pharmacologic interventions.

Webinar Objectives

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

  • Describe the latest advances in pain management
  • Identify potential side effects of various therapeutic options
  • Discuss strategies to identify emotional and spiritual pain

Faculty 

Mary Lynn McPherson, PharmD, MA, MDE, BCPS, CPE

Dr. McPherson is Professor and Executive Director, Advanced Post-Graduate Education in Palliative Care in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in Baltimore. Dr. McPherson has a Master’s degree in Instructional Systems Development, and a Masters in Distance Education and e-Learning. Dr. McPherson has maintained a practice in both hospice (local and national) and ambulatory care her entire career. Dr. McPherson teaches extensively in the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum on pain management and end-of-life care, including didactic and experiential content. She is the Program Director of the Online Master of Science and Graduate Certificates in Palliative Care at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She also developed one of the first and few palliative care pharmacy residencies in the U.S. Dr. McPherson has won numerous awards for teaching, and her innovative practice in end-of-life care. She has published numerous articles, chapters, and four books including the best-selling “Demystifying Opioid Conversion Calculations: A Guide for Effective Dosing.”

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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NHPCO Webinars - Referral and Admission Processes

June 26, 2018

June 26, 2018
2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

CE/CME Information

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Webinar Description

Are your hospice’s referral and admissions processes patient and family friendly? Does your structure and process ensure compliance with the Conditions of Participation? This Webinar will examine the foundational elements of a referral and admissions process that improves the patient and family experience, maintains compliance and fosters growth. In addition, faculty will address fraud and abuse concerns of governmental agencies related to hospice eligibility and documentation of ongoing eligibility, including the important role of the medical director.    

Webinar Objectives

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

  • Describe the foundational elements of a robust admissions process
  • Discuss strategies to ensure responsiveness to patient and family needs
  • Identify fraud and abuse concerns related to hospice eligibility and documentation of ongoing eligibility

Moderator

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. Judi serves as a key contact with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, interfacing with hospice payment policy, Part D, survey and certification, contractor management, and program integrity functions, among others.  She also represents hospice and palliative care with the Medicare Administrative Contractors and other federal agencies and many national organizations.  She is a frequent speaker at state and national meetings and works daily with hospice providers and state hospice organizations on the ever-increasing array of regulatory and compliance issues. She works with her team at NHPCO to develop regulatory and compliance tools, including hospice payment rates and wage index values and compliance guides. She is also a certified compliance professional (CHC).

Faculty

Regina Shannon Bodnar, RN, MS, MSN, CHPCA

Reggie Bodnar is the Executive Director of Carroll Hospice and is a registered nurse with over 30 years of clinical and leadership experience. Reggie graduated from the University of Rochester with a BSN in Nursing and received a Masters degree in Anatomy from New York Medical College and an MSN in Oncology Nursing from Yale University. Reggie has worked in community and university oncology settings and transitioned to hospice care in 1993 as the Director of Clinical Services of Gilchrist Hospice Care where she guided the hospice to become the largest provider of end-of-life care in the State of Maryland. She currently serves on the NHPCO Board of Directors and also has served as the President of the Hospice and Palliative Care Network of Maryland.

Rick Russell, BSN, RN, CHPCA

Rick Russell is the Vice President of Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer for ProMedica Continuing Care Services - a division of ProMedica Health System in Toledo, Ohio. Rick received his Bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University in consortium with the Medical College of Ohio in 1991. He served as the Nursing Director for Oncology and Orthopedics at the Medical College of Ohio until 1999. He then moved to the Michigan Peer Review Organization where he served as the Director of External Quality Review, and Medicaid Review Programs until 2004. He began his hospice career in 2004 as an Executive Director, and served in several operational roles including Vice President of Operations. Rick began work with the Quality and Standards Committee in 2011 and became certified in Hospice and Palliative Care Administration in 2016.

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 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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