Making Your Case To Attend IDC19

Making the case for time off and support for travel and expenses to attend a conference requires a solid understanding of the potential benefits to your organization, supervisor, team, patients, and families. And you need to be able to communicate those benefits clearly—especially in times of tight budgets and reduced staff. Use the information that follows to help make your case.

Why You’ll Be More Valuable

      • By developing your professional skill set, you’ll help make your organization more effective and better serve your patients and families when you implement the innovative ideas, strategies, and techniques you bring back. The conference program is always designed to maximize your time away from your job. You’ll get ideas and tips from educational sessions, updates, networking events, and speakers. Through the conference mobile app you have access to session handouts for all conference concurrent sessions for three months following the IDC – think of it as a library of valuable content when you’re back in the office.
      • You’ll save money by learning about real successes from the field, with faculty who were responsible for programs that are working effectively. Many programs spend a lot of time going through trial and error before discovering the formula to success. IDC19 will challenge your current way of thinking but will also provide you with actionable advice and takeaways. Our speakers will challenge you to think critically about your work. They will also provide you with actions and advice you can start using immediately.
      • You’ll inject fresh energy, excitement, and professionalism into your work, influencing those around you. That excitement comes from all the personal interactions, the fresh ideas, the creativity, the enthusiasm, the commitment, and the expertise you’ll encounter.
      • While you are at the IDC, you will be serving as an ambassador from your program. As you engage with nearly 2,000 professionals from across the country, you can make sure work your organization is doing is part of the discussion.

Additional things to consider:

      1. Write down the three to five most important strategies or issues being addressed in your organization right now. Think about how you personally contribute to those strategies. How is your work aligned with the larger organization’s strategy or mission? Make a list of these “personal contributions to strategy.”
      2. Review the proposed agenda for the conference and mark the sessions you want to attend that relate to your list of “personal contributions to strategy,” and also make a note of speakers or other people at the meeting you would like to meet.
      3. Write a short business case for how attending these sessions and meeting these people will help you contribute to the organization’s strategy. Use this business case to make your request for attending the meeting.

The Office of the Inspector General released two new reports that highlight concerns they have within the field. One significant concern was lack of training for hospice professionals. By participating in conferences like the IDC, you are doing something constructive to address issues raised by regulators and legislators.