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2020 LIVE Virtual Quality/Regulatory Conference
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When: Thursday, September 17
9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Where: Virtual
United States
Contact: Peggy Funk

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Quality/Regulatory Conference - New Virtual Format!

Join us for a day of learning, review, and discussion of quality/regulatory updates by leading professionals in our field. The tentative schedule along with information on continuing education credits is detailed below. We look forward to seeing you there!

Registration Fee
  • Members: $125.00 |  Nonmembers: $150.00 

    * members must sign-in before registering to receive your member discount
SPECIAL OFFER: Purchase two registrations, and get the third one at half price. You must purchase all three at the same time and use discount code "BOGO3"  where indicated at checkout.  Email  with questions. 

Who should attend?

  • Compliance Officers
  • Leadership Teams
  • Clinical Managers/Supervisors
  • HPCNM Quality/Regulatory Committee Members
  • Board Members
  • Government staff associated with hospice and palliative care quality and regulatory issues

Tentative Schedule

Featured Presenter: Jennifer Kennedy, EdD, MA, BSN, RN, CHC, Senior Director, Regulatory and Quality, NHPCO

Dr. Jennifer Kennedy is the Senior Director of Quality & Regulatory for the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization and has been with the organization since 2006. She has more than 30 years of experience as a leader and nurse in diverse healthcare settings and has worked in hospice and palliative care for the last 20 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in nursing, a dual master’s degree in health education and case management, and a doctoral degree in health care education and policy. She is a certified healthcare compliance professional and legal nurse consultant. Jennifer is the lead for the NHPCO hospice quality program and interacts with CMS and their contractors related to hospice quality and regulatory issues. She serves on the National Quality Forum’s MAP Post-Acute Care/Long-Term Care Workgroup, the 2020 National Quality Partners™ (NQP™) Leadership Consortium and the Joint Commission Home Care Accreditation Advisory Council. She serves as faculty at national and state conferences, writes articles for trade journals, contributes to health care publisher materials, develops education and resources for hospice and palliative care providers, and serves on the ANA’s national palliative nursing task group. Jennifer also teaches Graduate Health Science courses at the University of Indianapolis.

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.               

9:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.             
Hospice Regulatory & HQRP Update Part I & II
Jennifer Kennedy, 
EdD, MA, BSN, RN, CHC, Senior Director, Regulatory and Quality, NHPCO

11:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.    
Electronic Advance Directives 
Nikki Majewski, Chief, Health Information Technology, Maryland Healthcare Commission
Tiffany Callender , Program Director, Horizon Foundation 
Dr. David Mooradian , Anne Arundel Medical Center 

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
Creative Collaboration: Emerging Partnerships for Hospice Providers During Challenging Times 
Kevin Heffner, President/CEO, Lifespan Network and panel:

Danny O'Brien,
CEO,  Avila Home Care
Cathy Hamel,
President, Gilchrist
Carmel Roques, President and CEO, Keswick

1:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.         

1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.        
The Hospice Surveyor
Renee Webster, Deputy Director of Federal Programs, Office of Health Care Quality, Maryland Department of Health
and Paula Goodson, BSN, RN,
Health Facility Surveyor, Ambulatory Care Unit,  Office of Health Care Quality, Maryland Department of Health  


 2:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.             
Quality/Regulatory Committee Review and Discussion  
Sarah Simmons, Chair, HPCNM Quality/Regulatory Committee

Continuing Education Credit Information
A total of  5.5 credits of continuing education credits are available for nurses and social workers (Category I).  To receive credit for conference sessions, you must complete the following:
  1. Be formally registered for and attend the entire session for which you are requesting credit.

  2. Complete the conference sign-in sheet and evaluations (these will be sent to you prior to the conference) and forward to 

  3. Please allow 2 weeks for CE processing.

Nurses:The Hospice & Palliative Care Network of Maryland is an Approved Provider of continuing nursing education by Maryland Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Code Number: PH14-03-0111-0826. This program meets the criteria for up to 5.5 contact hours.

Social Workers:The Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners certifies that this program meets the criteria for 5.5 credit hours of Category I continuing education for social workers in Maryland.

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