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Visits at the End of Life

May 28, 2019

May 28, 2019
2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

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Webinar Description

Data from NHPCO's Facts and Figures indicate that short LOS for patients receiving hospice care is rising in the United States. Data from NHPCO (2016) showed that 55% of patients received hospice care for 30 days or less. This data is concerning from a compliance and quality of care perspective. This Webinar will present NHPCO’s Imminent Death Protocol and show hospice providers how to improve the quality of patient/family care in the last 7 days of life.  

Webinar Objectives

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

  • Define the issue related to short length of stay in hospice (7 days or less)
  • Discuss the NHPCO Imminent Death Protocol
  • Demonstrate methods for providing high quality of care to patients in their last 7 days of life

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.

Suzi K. Johnson, MPH, RN Sharp HospiceCare

Suzi currently serves as the Vice President of Sharp Hospice and Palliative Care, a program of Sharp HealthCare located in San Diego, CA. Suzi’s responsibilities include strategic planning, business development, operational oversight, community outreach and philanthropy. Suzi has been a visionary leader in the development of a home-based palliative care program focusing on population management of patients with serious illness collaborating with health plans, medical groups, hospitals and the community. Suzi currently serves on the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Board of Directors and the Hospice Action Network. She is a board member of the California Hospice and Palliative Care Association and has served two terms as Board Chair. Suzi is a nationally recognized leader in the field of palliative and end of life care and was a recipient of the Doris A. Howell, MD Award for Advancing Palliative 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 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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Leadership and advocacy Conference

April 13, 2019 to April 17, 2019

LAC19 is your opportunity to come together with other leaders in the field to help strengthen our foundation and collaborate on shaping our future. Leadership and advocacy go hand in hand and it is more important than ever that we stand united and work together.

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Life Review and Closure

April 11, 2019

April 11, 2019
2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

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Webinar Description

We know getting past assessment forms and required check boxes to have meaningful conversations with patients and families leads to greater satisfaction and outcomes and can reduce the risk for complicated grief. Yet doing so in the face of short lengths of service, expanding caseloads, increased compliance requirements, and risks for re-traumatization can be challenging. This Webinar will examine fresh ideas and practical tools to equip you and your team to provide opportunities for persons to find resolution and say goodbye in a way that meets their needs and our current reality. 

Webinar Objectives

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

  • Discuss the importance of communication and listening skills in the care relationship
  • Analyze the challenges and risks of providing reminiscence and life review
  • Develop new strategies to add to your clinical toolbox

Faculty

Carla Cheatham, MA, MDiv, PhD, TRT

Carla is the founder of Cheatham Consulting Group and volunteers with hospices in the Austin, TX area.

Carla began her career in social services with an MA in Psychology, certification in crisis counseling, and experience working in child and family therapy services and substance abuse treatment centers. She holds a PhD from Texas A&M and a MDiv from Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology. After serving faith communities and directing an interfaith non-profit supporting worker justice, Carla began her work as a hospice chaplain and bereavement coordinator in Austin, Texas. She is an Adjunct Professor at the Seminary of the Southwest and an Affiliate Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland. She is the Principal and Lead Trainer for Carla Cheatham Consulting Group, LLC and serves as a national speaker and consultant for professional caregivers of all disciplines and fields. 

Carla is the Section Leader for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Spiritual Caregivers Section and a member of NHPCO’s Ethics Advisory Council. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Swan Songs, a not-for-profit that fulfills end-of-life musical wishes. She is the author of Hospice Whispers: Stories of Life and its companion piece, Sharing Our Stories: A Hospice Whispers Grief Support Workbook.

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.

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. 1 NBCC Clock Hour offered. 
 

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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The Carolinas Center Palliative Care Bootcamp

March 28, 2019 to March 29, 2019

This interactive boot camp will not only
give healthcare providers best practice
tools needed to build and/or sustain a
successful community-based palliative care
program, but will allow participants to
begin the process for evaluating their
unique program needs and serve as a
stepping stone to accelerate the work in
their organizations.

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NHPCO Webinar - End-Stage Alzheimer’s/Dementia Management

March 26, 2019

March 26, 2019
2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

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Webinar Description

Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias necessitate a unique approach based upon the natural history of the disease, symptom burden, and the dementia itself, especially dementia related agitation and aggression, and the related pharmacologic treatment. This Webinar will increase participants’ understanding of the evidence surrounding the natural history of the disease including clinical complications that support hospice appropriateness of dementia, pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic management of dementia related behaviors, and the role of medications to treat dementia. After this Webinar, participants will be able to better apply evidence-based medicine to the care of dementia patients near the end of life.

Webinar Objectives

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

  • Identify clinical choice points that indicate a poorer prognosis and hospice appropriateness in persons with dementia
  • Describe an approach to the assessment and management of dementia related behaviors
  • Discuss the burdens and benefits of dementia medications to incorporate rational utilization of these treatments

Faculty

Joseph Shega, MD

Dr. Shega is Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for VITAS Healthcare and is responsible for overseeing the regional medical directors as well as the director of physician services. For the past 15 years, Dr. Shega has devoted his career to improving the care of older adults at the end of life. Prior to joining VITAS, he was an associate professor of medicine at the University of Chicago in Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine. In this role, he helped expand the palliative medicine program including accreditation of a fellowship program in hospice and palliative medicine, integration of palliative care into oncology, and further the understanding of pain assessment and management in persons with dementia.

In conjunction with his work at VITAS, Dr. Shega serves as the chair of the ethics committee for the American Geriatrics Society, co-managing editor of the Pain and Aging section for Pain Medicine and is on the editorial board for the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. Dr. Shega earned his bachelor’s degree from Lewis University in Romeoville and his medical education from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania and a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Chicago in Illinois.

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 Webinars - Aligning Business and Clinical Practice

March 14, 2019

March 14, 2019
2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

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Webinar Description

Great hospice and palliative care organizations allow the business AND the care to thrive, grow and contribute to the communities they serve. This Webinar will discuss the crucial components of creating and maintaining a culture where hospice clinical practice thrives in cooperation with the successful management of the organization. By focusing on the mission of your work, you will support the extraordinary care of patients and families and their values, goals and wishes.

Objectives:

  • Describe the responsibility of the clinical team to the business success of an organization
  • Discuss how adhering to your mission can enhance the margin
  • Identify exemplary practices both management and front-line staff must share for success

Faculty

Patti Moore RN, MSN, ARNP

Patti serves is the president and founder of The Watershed Group and former consultant/surveyor for the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. For over 30 years, she has worked with the hospice community of staff, volunteers and board members to ensure that every dying person and their loved ones have the chance to receive the finest end-of-life care available. Patti is a published author of 3 books including No Mission No Margin: Creating a Successful Hospice with Care and Competence. Patti also is an elite international Certified High Performance Coach working with individuals and groups to achieve superior levels of performance. She has extensive operational experience as a former executive director of one of the nation’s largest not for profit, community-based hospices in north central Florida, Haven Hospice. Patti has unique expertise in hospice operations, strategic positioning and planning, conducting retreats for leadership and boards of directors, and is a strategic advisor to many hospice executives. 

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 - Building a Culture of Accountability

February 26, 2019

February 26, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET

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Is everyone on your team accountable for providing high quality care for patients and families facing life-limiting illness? This Webinar will examine the different types of accountability at both the staff and organizational levels including accountability to management, communities, government agencies and accrediting bodies. Faculty also will offer strategies on how to utilize your compliance and QAPI teams to build and strengthen the culture of accountability in your hospice and palliative care program. 

Webinar Objectives

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

  • Define what accountability means for the staff and organization as a whole
  • Describe the relationship between compliance and QAPI teams as it relates to accountability
  • Identify strategies and processes to ensure accountability and high-quality care for patients and families

Faculty

Hallie S. DeCapp RN, BSN, CHC

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Hallie S. DeCapp serves as the Vice President of Compliance/Compliance Officer at Harbor Light Hospice and has twenty-one years of experience in healthcare management. For the past ten years she has worked specifically in hospice management. Previously, she held the positions of Patient Care Manager, Executive Director and Vice President of Operations. Ms. DeCapp is certified in healthcare compliance, and currently has been selected to sit on the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Regulatory Committee for her second term. Prior to coming to Harbor Light Hospice, Ms. DeCapp worked extensively in long term care. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing.

Kanda S. Wurm, BSN, RN, CHPC

Kanda S. Wurm serves as the Clinical Standards Manager/Privacy Officer at Harbor Light Hospice and has twenty-nine years of experience in nursing and management. Ms. Wurm has over seven years of hospice experience, with the last five years working for Harbor Light Hospice. Previously, she worked as a Case Manager, Patient Care Manager and Executive Director. Ms. Wurm holds a Certification in Healthcare Privacy Compliance which was obtained through Healthcare Compliance Association (HCCA) and sits on the Quality and Standards Committee for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in nursing education.

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 - Improving Access for Diverse/Marginalized Populations

February 14, 2019

February 14, 2019
2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

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Webinar Description

Changing demographics means that organizations can no longer plan only for the familiar, comfortable and traditional ways of doing business. Implementing strategies to improve access and eliminate disparities in end-of-life care faced by patients and families of color should become a priority for all hospices and palliative care services. This Webinar will address the importance of increasing your staff and volunteer workforce to reflect the diversity of the communities you serve and provide strategies and examples of how you can build trust with these populations.

Webinar Objectives

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

  • Discuss end-of-life care through the lens of patients and families from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds
  • Describe the role of cultural humility in caring for patients and families
  • Identify challenges and issues related to access with these patient populations

Faculty

Lisa Cappelli, RN MS CHPN

Lisa is a Nationally Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse and has worked as a staff nurse at Agrace Hospice and Palliative Care, in Fitchburg, WI, since 1999. She is a full-time faculty member in the Nursing Program at Madison College in Madison, Wisconsin. She sits on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for Agrace and is the Chair of the Equity and Inclusion Committee for the Nursing Program at Madison College. Lisa’s passion is promoting culturally responsive nursing education and end-of-life care.

Brenda González

Brenda serves as the Diversity Manager with Agrace Hospice and Palliative Care. She develops and implements strategies for Agrace to improve access and ensure culturally congruent care to multicultural, diverse and underserved patients. She has more than 20 years of professional experience in diversity, equity and inclusion, community relations and outreach. Her work has focused in collaborating in the Madison community helping people navigate the complexities of our health care system, especially among linguistically and isolated communities. She has been recognized as one of the top 29 most powerful Latinos in Wisconsin by Madison 365 and identified by Brava Magazine as one of 30 Women to Watch.

Deanna Rymaszewski, MSW, APSW

Deanna is the Clinical Educator – Social Worker for Agrace Hospice and Palliative Care, a not for profit hospice based in Fitchburg, WI that serves South Central Wisconsin as well as North Central Illinois. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish, with an emphasis in Hispanic Health and Human Services, and a Master’s in Social Work. Since then she has had the opportunity to work with diverse populations in Milwaukee and Madison as well as surrounding areas. She has experience working with the elderly, physically disabled, and terminally ill and their grieving families. In her current role, Deanna develops education on a wide-range of topics that relate to psychosocial considerations at end of life. She presents to Agrace staff as well as the local community members and providers. She is also a member of the Agrace Inclusion and Equity Committee and Ethics Committee.

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.

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. 1 NBCC Clock Hour offered. 
 

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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