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Palliative Care in ALS

Title: Palliative Care in ALS with Mara Lugassy, MD

Credit Available:

Nurse, Physician, and Non-Physician Healthcare Professional 

Member Price: $35.00
Non-Member Price: $70.00

Payment Options: Add to Cart without CE/CME
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Length: 1.0 hours

The purpose of this course is to enhance knowledge of the role of palliative care in managing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) throughout the course of the disease. ALS is a disease that has a profound impact on patients, families and caregivers in multiple domains. Ability to effectively manage disease-related symptoms, facilitate complex goals of care discussions, and coordinate caregiver resources are all essential to providing effective palliative care in ALS.


  • Identify an interdisciplinary approach to management of symptoms that commonly occur in ALS
  • Describe strategies for disease-specific goals of care discussions regarding artificial nutrition and hydration and mechanical ventilation
  • Identify resources to maximize patient and family support and to facilitate coordination of care throughout the disease course

Mara Lugassy, MD

Mara M. Lugassy, MD, received her M.D. from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai and completed fellowships in Neurology and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Lugassy is a Senior Hospice Medical Director at MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Social Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine as well as Neurology, and has 20 years teaching experience.


Faculty: Mara M. Lugassy, MD, has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Planners:  Barbara Bouton, MA, FT; Colleen Fleming-Damon, PhDc, APRN-BC, ACHPN-BC, CT; Steven R. Gardner, MPA, PAHM; Myra Glajchen, DSW;

Jennifer Kennedy, RN, MA, BSN, CHC; Karen Richards, PhD, EdS; and Judith A. Skretny have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Russell K. Portenoy, MD, has disclosed a relationship with Pfizer Inc. for departmental research grant support. 

CE/CME Credit:

Nurse: 1.0 Contact Hours
Physician: 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Completion: 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.
CE/CME Info: 


Nurse: 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 hour. Nurses should claim only the contact hour 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: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and MJHS. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is accredited by the ACCME 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.

Release Date: June 30, 2017

Expiration Date: 

June 30, 2020

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