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"Evolving to Excellence!" 2019 Annual Conference
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Please note: Online registration has been cut-off. You may register on-site the morning of the conference with a credit card.

When: Wednesday, November 6, 2019
7:30 AM
Where: Maritime Conference Center
692 Maritime Boulevard
Linthicum Heights, Maryland  21090
United States
Contact: Katherine Lally

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Hospice & Palliative Care Network of Maryland 2019 Annual Conference

Join HPCNM on November 6 for a day of education, connections, and fun at our Annual Conference.  Nursing and Social Worker (Category 1) CEs are available. A detailed session schedule is below.

Registration Dates and Fees

Please note: Online registration has been cut-off. You may register on-site the morning of the conference (Nov.6) with a credit card. 

On Site Registration
Members $240*
Nonmembers $290
Students/Residents/Fellows - $95

*members please note, you must be signed-in to our site to receive the member discount during registration. Please contact Katherine Lally if you need your sign-in information.


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

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.                   Helping Up Mission Choir & Band

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.                 Welcome/Keynote Speaker (1.0 CE)
                                               Joel Weintraub,
M.Ed., BS, – Humor for the Health of It 

Joel Weintraub, M.ED., B.S. Joel is a health humorist who has managed to merge the disparate worlds of comedy and education. Joel has over 10 years experience in management, has run a cardiac rehab program, and has also been teaching for over 15 years. In addition, Joel has also been performing as a stand-up comedian since the early 1980’s performing on; television, radio, and venues and events ranging from comedy clubs to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Bank. 

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.      Break

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.      Breakout Sessions

Leadership Track: Wendy Wolff, MPH, Director of Strategic Engagement, Maryland NonProfits 
Creating a Highly Engaged Board (1.0 CE) 

Palliative Care/Clinical Track: Kiran Dixit, LCPC, Director, JSSA Training Institute 
Trauma Informed Care  (1.0 CE)  

Psycho-Social/Spiritual Track:  Pat Fosarelli, MD, DMIN, Associate Dean, St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute
Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda: The Tyranny of Regrets at the End of Life  (1.0 CE) 

Billing/Regulatory: Nykesha Scales, MBA, Senior Provider Relations Representative, CGS Administrators
All Things Medicare for Hospice Providers Part 1 (1.0 CE) 

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.      Breakout Sessions

Leadership Track: Cordt T. Kassner, PhD, CEO, Hospice Analytics
State of Hospice: 2019 (1.0 CE) 

Palliative Care/Clinical Track: Dionne Savage, BSN, RN, Clinical Nurse Manager, and  Michelle A. Teel, RN, MSN, MBA, OCN, Clinical Manager, Gilchrist
Fall Risk: the 6th Vital Sign (1.0 CE)  

Psycho-Social/Spiritual Track:  Joel Weintraub, M.Ed., BS,
Criticial Thinking and Problem Solving (1.0 CE) 

Billing/Regulatory: Nykesha ScalesMBA, Senior Provider Relations Representative, CGS Administrators
All Things Medicare for Hospice Providers Part II (1.0 CE) 

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.                 Lunch/Networking

1:30 – 2:15 p.m.                   General Membership Meeting/Elections

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.                   Breakout Sessions

Leadership Track: Kathy Guggino, MPA, CJCP, Director Quality Safety and Staff Development, Gilchrist
Building a Person and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) (1.0 CE) 

Palliative Care/Clinical Track: Shawn Brast, MSN, RN, CHPN, NRP, Education Specialist, Gilchrist
Hard Lessons Learned from Violence in Healthcare and Poor Situational Awareness  (1.0 CE)  

Psycho-Social/Spiritual Track:  Tedford J. Taylor, MDiv, BCCC, FHPC, Director, Department of Pastoral Care & Training, Diplomate in Clinical Pastoral Supervision (CPSP)
Difficult Conversations: Using Reverent Listening to Connect Deeply (1.0 CE) 

Billing/Regulatory: Nykesha ScalesMBA, Senior Provider Relations Representative, CGS Administrators 
All Things Medicare for Hospice Providers Part III (1.0 CE) 

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.                    Break/Election Results

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.                   Breakout Sessions

Leadership Track: Elisabeth G. Smith, RN, BSN, CHPN, Director of Education, Hospice of the Chesapeake
Coaching, Mentoring, and Developmental Feedback (1.0 CE) 

Palliative Care/Clinical Track: Stephanie Lynn, BSN, MS Admission NurseLeslie S. Moses, MSN, NP
Thomas Quinn, MSN, APRN-CNS, AOCN,  JSSA Hospice

That's Not Mom: A Delirium Improv  (clinical case studies) (1.0 CE)  

Psycho-Social/Spiritual Track:  Dorothea J. James, DMin,BCC, Chaplain, Clinical Lead, Carroll Hospice 
Why African Americans Resist Hospice 
(1.0 CE) 

Billing/Regulatory: Terri Mohr, Accounts Receivable Supervisor, Coastal Hospice and Palliative Care
How to Code Visits – Don’t Leave Money on the Table (1.0 CE) 

4:30 p.m.                              Closing   

  • CEOs/Hospice and Palliative Care Leadership
  • Administrative Staff
  • Medical Directors
  • Nurses/Physicians
  • Social Workers
  • Pharmacists
  • Billing/Finance
  • 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
  • Community members
Where to Stay
The Network has reserved a room block through October 29, 2019, with the Maritime Conference Center for a limited number of rooms at the discounted price of $129.  Reservations can be made through 410.859.5700. Let them know you are in the Conference block for November 6.  

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

Directions to Maritime Conference Center

The Maritime Conference Center is located centrally and is four miles from BWI Airport. 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.

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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