Course Description

This course was originally presented at NHPCO, AAHPM and HPNA’s 2015 Virtual Conference entitled Clinical Advances in the Art and Science of Care.

To be compliant with current regulations, hospice clinicians need to evaluate patients’ multiple chronic morbidities to decide which have an impact on prognosis. Since no condition is isolated, there are layers of diagnoses, interacting in various ways, in turn causing adverse impact on prognosis and patients’ symptoms. This session will offer a guide to evaluate patients’ diagnoses and morbidities, to determine how they affect prognosis and how to determine relatedness of various interventions.

CE/CME Offered
Nurse, Physician and Non-Physician Healthcare Professional CE credit

1.0 hours


      • Distinguish the various chronic medical conditions and morbidities with which patients with life-limiting illness present
      • Demonstrate how the layers of morbidities interact to adversely  impact on patient quality of life and prognosis
      • Propose a summary of the adverse diagnoses and prognoses so that  related interventions become evident

Subject Matter Expert

Joel Policzer, MD, FACP, FAAHPM

After training in Hematology-Oncology, Dr. Policzer started a community practice of the same. Along with this he began a part-time collaboration with VITAS lasting 14 years, transitioning to full-time 16 years ago for a total of 30 years working in hospice and palliative medicine, in both clinical and administrative positions. His current position involves developing educational programs and teaching medical students in both didactic and clinical settings, as well as developing educational programs with professional societies and industry partners.

Faculty: Joel Policzer, MD, FACP, FAAHPM has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. Planners: Barbara L. Bouton, MA, FT, and Jennifer Kennedy, MA, BSN, RN, have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

CE/CME Credit Hours

1.0 Contact Hours

1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™


In order to complete this online activity and obtain CE/CME credit, participants must view the course in its entirety, correctly answer all case studies and quiz/test questions (as appropriate) and complete the evaluation. You will have 90 days to access this course from the date of purchase.


NHPCO is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. NHPCO designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 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.

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 enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 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, physician, and social worker, 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, spiritual care givers, etc.


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Release Date
April 30, 2017

Expiration Date
April 30, 2020