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Join us as the Hospice & Palliative Care Network of Maryland presents, "Revelations, Renovations & Regulations, Let's Do This!" Online Registration is open through Monday, October 29, 2018. On-site registration will be available. Registration cost: Members: $205/Non-Members: $255/Students $75. Scroll down to see the full Conference Agenda. For more information call 410.891.5741.

When: Thursday, November 1, 2018
7:30 AM
Where: Sheraton Columbia Town Center
10207 Wincopin Circle
Columbia, Maryland  21044
United States
Contact: Katherine Lally

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HPCNM's 2018 Annual Conference features a variety of continuing education and professional development. Our Keynote Speaker this year is Joe Rotella, MD, MBA, HMDC, FAAHPM, chief medical officer of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) and founder of CatalystHPM, a healthcare consulting firm focused on transforming health care with the principles of hospice and palliative medicine. Other speakers to be announced soon. Registration cost: Members: $205 and Non-Members: $255. 

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Education and Professional Development designed for:

  • CEOs/Hospice and Palliative Care Leadership
  • Administrative Staff
  • Medical Directors
  • Nurses/Physicians
  • Social Workers
  • Pharmacists
  • Physicians
  • Chaplains/Community Liaisons
  • Nursing Home Administrators
  • Veterans Association
  • Corrections 
  • Health care professionals dedicated to providing quality hospice and palliative end-of-life care
  • Fellows/Residents/Students interested in End-of-Life Care

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2018 Schedule

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7:30-8:30 a.m.
Registration and 
Breakfast with Sponsors & Exhibitors

8:30-9:45 a.m.
Keynote Speaker
Joe Rotella, MD, MBA, HMDC, FAAHPM, Founder, CatalystHPM  

Starting Off on the Right Foot— Best Practices and Pitfalls for Hospices Starting Community-Based Palliative Care Programs

9:45-10 a.m. 

10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Morning Billing/Regulatory/Compliance Session

Staying Informed: CGS Medicare Updates & Billing Reminders for Hospice Providers
Nykesha Scales, MBA, Senior Provider Relations Representative, CGS Administrators, LLC

10 a.m.-12 p.m  
Clinical Palliative Care Roundtables

Documenting Physical Decline
Michael J. LaPenta,
 MD FAAFP, FAAHPM, Certificate of Added Qualifications, Hospice and Palliative Care Palliative Medicine, MedStar St Mary's Hospital

Overcoming Resistance to Hospice: Shattering Myths
Hank Willner 
MD, Chief Medical Director, Holy Cross Home Care and Hospice 

Choosing Wisely – Tips from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the American Geriatrics Society
Lynn McPherson,
PharmD, MA, MDE, BCPS, Professor and Executive Director, Advanced Post-Graduate Education in Palliative Care Program Director

Complementary Therapies - "Woo Woo" Nonsence or Best Practice in EOL Care?
Kim Lowery Walker,
LMSW, Hospice Social Worker, Capital Caring  

Treatment of Opioid Addiction, a Hospice Perspective
Donald F D'Aquila
, PharmD, RRT, BCGP, Clinical Pharmacist, Pain Management, Palliative Care

Goals of Care Handout - a Tool for Providers and Patients
Deborah Araya, MA, PA-C,  Palliative Care Physician Assistant, Natasha Lampkin LMSW, Palliative Care Social Worker, Joan Crittenden Chaplain;  University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center

ALS – Aligning Life-living Strategies – Caring for those living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Kathleen A. Bixby, MSN, RN, CHPN, Geriatric & Palliative Care Staff Development, Washington DC VA Medical Center

A Model for Effective and Efficient Hospice Care: Proactive Telephone-based Enhancement of Life through Excellent Caring, ‘TeleCaring’ in Advanced Illness
Jim Rice,
VP TeleCaring and Navigation, and Gustavo Pascale , Director, Care Navigation, Capital Caring 

10-11 a.m.
Breakout I Administrative | Psycho-Spiritual Breakout

How Do I Focus on Fundraising When Fundraising Isn’t All That I Do?
Joni L King, Senior Vice President, Pride Philanthropy, Laurel Cucchi, Development Council Chair, Hospice of Frederick County

RALI RX Sponsored session on Opioid Grief Counseling in our Communities
Tessa Washington, LGMFT, Bereavement Coordinator, Calvert Hospice
Laura Welty, RN, CHPN, Manager of Hospice Compliance, Carroll Hospice

11a.m. -12 p.m.

Breakout II Administrative | Psycho-Spiritual

Revelations: How Hospice Can Participate and Thrive in the New TTC Environment
Catherine Y. Hamel, BA, MAPresident, Gilchrist 

Learning to Lean: Caregiver Burden
Lynetris Williams, MSN, FNP-C, Program Manager Home Primary Care & Home Hospice Organization, VA Maryland Healthcare Center

12-1 p.m. Lunch

1-3 p.m.
Afternoon Billing /Regulatory/Compliance/Misc. Session

Staying Informed: CGS Medicare Updates & Billing Reminders for Hospice Providers
Nykesha Scales, MBA, Senior Provider Relations Representative, CGS Administrators, LLC 

Live Like You Were Dying: A Journey into Death
Rev. Kenneth Wadlington, MDIV, BME, Chaplain, Capital Caring 

1-2 p.m.
Breakout III Administrative | Palliative Care/Clinical |Psycho-Spiritual

Case Studies and Practical Steps for HIPAA Compliance: Creating a Culture of Security
Rob Kerr, CIO, MBA, Managing Director, Hartman Executive Advisors

Is There a Place for Medical Marijuana in Hospice?
Elhaum Khobahy, Pharm D, Clinical Pharmacist, Hospice Pharmacy Solutions 

Addressing Emotional Distress: the Value of a Clinical Case Review Group in Hospice
Jennifer Lazzaro, MSW, LGSW, Clinical Social Worker, Kimberly Flash, MSSA, LCSW, ACHP-SW, CSWC, Kellie McLellan, MSW, LCSW-C, CSWC, Meara Strain, MSSW, LGSW, CSWC, Gilchrist 

2-2:15 p.m. Break

2:15 -3:15 p.m.
Breakout IV Breakout III Administrative | Palliative Care/Clinical |Psycho-Spiritual

Plan Before You Leap! Instructional Design for Clinicians
Mary Lynn McPherson, PharmD, MA, MDE, BCPS, CPE Professor, Executive Director Advanced Post-Graduate Education
in Palliative Care Program Director, Online Master of Science and Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care

Cancer Immunotherapy: The Changing Landscape for Palliative Care and Hospice
Lynn Billing, RN, BSN, CHPN, Nurse Coordinator, Oncology Outpatient Care, Thomas Smith, MD, FACP,FASCO, FAAHPM, Professor of Palliative Medicine, Professor of Oncology, and Director of Palliative Medicine Julie Waldfogel, PharmD, BCGP, CPE, Palliative Medicine Service, Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins

Pet Loss and Bereavement
Jessica Cabness, PHD, LCSW-C, Grief & Bereavement Counselor/Certified Pet Loss, Capital Caring

3:15-4:15 p.m.
Closing Plenary
Healing the Healers— Supporting Well-Being of Hospice and Palliative Care Clinicians

Joe Rotella, MD, MBA, HMDC, FAAHPM,  Founder, CatalystHPM  

4:30 p.m. Closing

Professional Education Tracks 

  • Administrative
  • Palliative Care/Clinical
  • Psycho-Social/Spiritual
  • Billing/Compliance/Regulation

Continuing Education Credits

Continuing education credits are available for nurses and social workers (Category I).

Certificates will be distributed to attendees who are registered for the 2018 Annual Conference, sign the session attendance form, stay for the entire session, and turn in an evaluation form at the conclusion of each session.

Where to Stay

The Network has reserved a room block through October 2, 2018, with the Sheraton Columbia Town Center for a limited number of rooms at the discount price of $109.  Follow this link to book your discounted room. 

For questions contact Katherine Lally, or call (410) 891.5741.

Directions to Sheraton Columbia Town Center

Sheraton Columbia Town Center is located in centrally between Washington D.C. and Baltimore. Click here for directions.  

Conference Cancellation Policy

If a registrant is unable to attend the event for any reason they may substitute, by arrangement with the registrar, someone else from the same organization. You may also apply the credit to a different HPCNM event.

Where the registrant is unable to attend, and is not in a position to transfer his/her place to another person or to another event, then the following refund arrangements apply:

a. Registrations cancelled more than 60 days before the event will be refunded 80% of the registration fees.

b. Registrations cancelled less than 60 but more than 30 days before the event will be refunded 50% of the registration fees.

c. Registrations cancelled less than 30 days before the event will not be eligible for a refund.

Solicitation Policy

Attendees are not permitted to solicit without prior authorization from HPCNM. For sponsorship or exhibitor information, please contact Peggy Funk. 

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