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NHPCO Webinar - Medical Marijuana

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

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


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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