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Ari Shapiro Speaks at MLC

Immediate Release:
March 22, 2018

NPR Host Ari Shapiro to be Opening Speaker at National Hospice Leadership Conference on April 23

NHPCO Bringing Together Two Premiere Events this April in Washington, DC

(Alexandria, Va) – National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is proud to announce that Ari Shapiro, host of NPR’s weekly news magazine All Things Considered, will be the opening plenary speaker for its upcoming Management and Leadership Conference & Advocacy Intensive, April 23- 25, hosted at the Washington Hilton.

Shapiro has reported from above the Arctic Circle and aboard Air Force One. He has covered wars in Iraq, Ukraine, and Israel, and he has filed stories from five continents. In 2015, Shapiro joined Kelly McEvers, Audie Cornish and Robert Siegel as a weekday co-host of All Things Considered. He is a frequent guest analyst on television news programs, and his reporting has been consistently recognized by his peers. He will lend his keen insight to leaders from across the nation’s hospice and palliative care community.

New in 2018, NHPCO is bringing together the annual Management and Leadership Conference with the Hospice Action Network’s Advocacy Intensive.  In recent years, the Advocacy Intensive has been hosted by NHPCO affiliate Hospice Action Network during the summer when hundreds of hospice supporters have taken to the halls of Congress to call for support of care at the end of life.

2018 will continue to be a pivotal time for the future of hospice and palliative care, as well as health care in general. Legislators continue to grapple with health care, regulators are focused on mandates to innovate and to integrate quality metrics, and providers strive to maximize available resources – all with the goal of providing the highest quality care possible.

During the first two days of the MLC, hospice and palliative care leaders and managers will explore innovations within the field, define excellence, foster more effective engagement with staff and communities, and enhance quality throughout the care continuum.

On Wednesday, the focus shifts to advocacy.  Participants start off with a morning plenary and instructional sessions at the Washington Hilton and move to Capitol Hill in the afternoon to meet with their legislators. The day of advocacy will be capped off with a Congressional Reception on the Hill.

On Tuesday evening the celebration continues as the National Hospice Foundation hosts its annual gala, also at the Washington Hilton.

Online registration for the 2018 MLC & Advocacy Intensive is available through April 2 at https://www.nhpco.org/mlc2018.  Onsite registration will be available at the Washington Hilton beginning Sunday, April 22 at the NHPCO conference desk (Capitol Hill advocacy visits cannot be arranged for onsite registrants).

NHPCO thanks the following organizations who are providing educational grants and support for the Management and Leadership Conference.

  • Platinum Level: Enclara Pharmacia;
  • Gold Level: Simione Healthcare Consultants;
  • Silver Level: Consolo, Hospice Cloud, Kinnser Software;
  • Bronze Level: ACHC, brighttree, Complia Health, TwinMed, Wizard Creations, Inc.;
  • Copper Level: Home Healthcare Solutions, a Cardinal Health Company; hospicemed, Optum;
  • Pewter Level: Hospice Source, KanTime Healthcare Software, Maxwell Healthcare Associates, and Prevail by First Quality.


Jon Radulovic
Ph: 703-837-3139