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MLC plenary speakers

For Immediate Release: January 24, 2012

NHPCO to Feature Noted Plenary Speakers at Leadership Conference in March 2012

Gawande, Goldsmith, MedPAC Executive Director are among Distinguished Presenters

(Alexandria, Va) – National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization has a lineup of distinguished plenary speakers planned for its 27th annual Management and Leadership Conference to be held March 29-31, 2012 at the Gaylord National Harbor Convention Center.

Confirmed plenary speakers:

Atul Gawande, MD, surgeon, writer and public health researcher will present on Thursday afternoon, March 29. In his highly acclaimed article published in the July 2010 New Yorker, Dr. Gawande challenged the status quo of our current healthcare system.  He recognizes the contributions of hospice in creating a new framework for how people die and he will share his thoughts on how we can bring the hospice and palliative care philosophy to the broader healthcare system.

Marshall Goldsmith, PhD, will lead the opening plenary session on Thursday morning, March 29, discussing leadership based on his best-selling book, What Got You Here Won’t Get You There. Dr. Goldsmith is a world authority in helping successful leaders improve—by achieving positive, lasting change in behavior: for themselves, their people and their teams.

Mark Miller, PhD, executive director of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission will present on March 30 and discuss factors influencing reimbursement of end-of-life care. Dr. Miller came to MedPAC in 2002 from the Congressional Budget Office where he was assistant director of the Health and Human Resources Division.

 J. Donald Schumacher, PsyD, with more than 30 years experience in the field, NHPCO president and CEO will follow Dr. Miller and discuss challenges and opportunities facing the hospice and palliative care field in the year ahead and the importance of the end-of-life community to continue working collaboratively.

Diana Whitney, PhD, founder and president of the Corporation for Positive Change, will speak on March 31 about ways positive leadership can help organizations thrive. Dr. Whitney has authored or edited 16 books on appreciative inquiry including The Power of Appreciative Inquiry.  

Conference events include one of the industry’s largest exhibit halls featuring vendors, service providers and other organizations; more than 120 concurrent sessions; numerous networking opportunities and more.  NHPCO’s affiliate organization, the Hospice Action Network, will host its annual Capitol Hill Day event beginning the evening of March 27 and moving to the halls of Congress on March 28.  There is no charge for conference attendees and other NHPCO members to join in Hill Day activities.

On Friday evening, March 30, the National Hospice Foundation will host its annual gala. This year’s theme, “Celebrating the Women of Hospice: A Salute to Heroines and Humanitarians,” will shine a light on the valuable contributions of many, special individuals.

NHPCO thanks the following organizations who are providing educational grants in support of the Management and Leadership Conference:  AdvaCare Systems; Community Health Accreditation Program, Inc.; Glatfelter Healthcare Practice; Home Healthcare Solutions; Hospice Action Network; Hospice Pharmacia; and National HME, Inc.

More information, including online registration is available at www.nhpco.org/mlc2012.


Jon Radulovic
Vice President, Communications
Ph: 703-837-3139