Fall Conference

The Best Care Possible:

The Conversation Continues

November 18, 2020
1:00 pm—4:00 pm
& November 19, 2020
8:30—12:00 pm

The Annual Hospice and Palliative Care Conference is a full-day event that brings together colleagues and peers to share research, clinical best practices, and practice-related guidance and to advance and improve patient care. Healthcare professionals who serve persons with progressive, non-curative illness and their families will find this conference useful with compelling and timely topics.  Specifically, physicians, nurses, LNAs, pharmacists, long term care providers, social workers, administrators, chaplains, spiritual care providers, bereavement specialists, volunteers, and other health care providers.

2020 Registration for participants & sponsors opens soon!

Printable: Save the date: 2020 Conference Postcard

2019 Hospice Conference Materials

Materials from 2019 Conference

Conference Bibliography

Special Thanks to Our Platinum Sponsor

Regulatory & Compliance: The Evolution of Hospice – New Care Models, Hot Topics and Preserving Our Integrity – Judi Lund Person

Judi will delve into the evolution of hospice — from its humble beginnings to creation of the Medicare hospice benefit in the 1980’s to today’s widely-accepted, sophisticated care. She will focus on current regulatory topics, emerging models of care and expectations for the future.
Judi Lund Person, BA, MPH, CHC, Vice President, Regulatory and Compliance, National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization

Judi Lund Person serves as NHPCO’s key contact with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, where she ensures that the NHPCO’s voice is heard with policymakers. She frequently interfaces with federal administrators of hospice payment policy, Medicare Part D, survey & certification, contractor management and program integrity functions. She represents NHPCO with each of the Medicare Administrative Contractors and represents hospice and palliative care with other federal agencies and many national organizations.

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Age Friendly Health Systems – Betsy Rhynhart and Keliane Totten

Explore a wholistic and integrated system approach to an aging population. Betsy and Keliane will present a population health approach that builds a system of care to meet the needs of our aging community.

Betsey Rhynhart, Vice President of Population Health, Concord Hospital & Keliane Totten, M.Ed, CHES, Vice President of Community Engagement, Concord Regional VNA

Betsy Rhynhart leads the health system’s efforts to use data to better understand the health needs of patients. Her goal is to enhance individual care plans aimed at lowering individual risk and promoting quality of life. Keliane Totten oversees CRVNA’s community benefit, business development, and philanthropy operations and initiatives. Totten also leads collaborative initiatives with partners involved in community health, home health and hospice.

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Thank you to our Silver Sponsors:

Virtual Reality – Life & Death Through a Hospice Patient’s Eyes – Daryl Cady

Research has shown that virtual reality simulations can make viewers more empathetic to people they virtually embody. Join Daryl for a demonstration of Virtual Reality, a new training technique for staff education and community presentations to help us all become more comfortable with witnessing life’s end.

Daryl Cady, CPA, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, Hospice of Southern Maine

Daryl J. Cady has served as Hospice of Southern Maine’s Chief Executive Officer since 2014. Prior to being at Hospice of Southern Maine, Ms. Cady served as the Chief Financial Officer at Home Health & Hospice Care in Merrimack, New Hampshire and spent several years as a banking and finance executive. She has strong clinical, financial and operational acumen and a strong personal interest in end-of-life care.

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Medical Aid in Dying: Responding to Suffering While Embracing Choice – Jaina Clough, MD and Diana Barnard, MD

Dr. Clough and Dr. Barnard will draw on their experience in Vermont, where Medical Aid in Dying (MAID) is a legal option. Discussion will focus on “what it is and what it is not.” They will help us understand patient motivations and present 20 years of data from Oregon that illustrates the most common reasons for pursuing MAID.

Jaina Clough, MD & Diana Barnard, MD, University of Vermont Health Network

Jaina Clough, MD, is Medical Director at UVM Health Network Home Health & Hospice, formerly the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties. She is a board certified internist and is an Assistant Professor at UVM’s College of Medicine. Diana Barnard, MD practices palliative and hospice medicine with the Vermont Health Network and is also an Assistant Professor at University of Vermont.



The Evolution of Palliative Care: New Models, Hot Topics and a Look to the Future – Constance Dahlin

Connie will explore palliative care in multiple settings, the role of faith-based care and the necessity for community partnerships. Focus will be on various issues under the chronic and serious illness care umbrella, as well as defining the distinction of palliative care from hospice care.

Constance Dahlin, MSN, ANP-BC, Palliative NP at North Shore Medical Center, Co-Director of the Palliative AAP Externship, faculty for End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) and the University of Maryland

Ms. Dahlin has directed hospices in both urban Massachusetts and rural Oregon. She also co-founded the Mass General Health Palliative Care Service with Dr. Andrew Billings. She is currently Director of Professional Practice at the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association focusing on education, clinical practice, policy and reimbursement. She is a consultant to the Center to Advance Palliative Care, where she co-leads the community-based palliative care initiative.

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Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

Laynard Sponsor

Dessert Sponsor

Joint Providership

Sponsors & Exhibitors

The supporting companies have had no input or control, expressed or implied, in the selection of the faculty or the content of the presentations. Home Care, Hospice & Palliative Care Alliance of New Hampshire assumes no responsibility for the statements and opinions advanced by the presenters to the conference participants. Speaker views do not necessarily represent the official position of the Home Care, Hospice & Palliative Care Alliance of New Hampshire.

Acceptance of a Sponsorship or Vendor display does not imply endorsement of the product or service by the Home Care Hospice & Palliative Care Alliance of New Hampshire. Along with our sponsors listed inside, the following companies are paid exhibitors: Amedisys, Keene Medical Products, Manchester Veterans’ Administration Medical Center, Sprint, Toadstool Bookshops, Trident Care at Home, and Visiting Angels.

CME Accreditation

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Concord Hospital and the Home Care, Hospice & Palliative Care Alliance of NH. The Concord Hospital is accredited by the NH Medical Society Council on Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Concord Hospital Continuing Medical Education Program designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CEU & Contact Hours

This activity has been submitted to Northeast Multistate Division (NE-MSD) for approval to award contact hours.  Northeast Multistate Division (NE-MSD) is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This activity has also been submitted to the New Hampshire Chapter, National Association of Social Workers, (NASW) for CEUs and to the New Hampshire Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators.

Special Thanks to Our Bronze Sponsors