Fall Conference

 

November 16, 2021
8:30 am—4:00 pm

2021 Registration for participants & sponsors open now

Our 26th Annual conference brings together colleagues and peers to share research, clinical best practices, and practice-related guidance to advance and improve patient care. Healthcare professionals who serve persons with progressive, non-curative illnesses and their families will find this conference’s compelling and timely topics useful. The program is specifically appropriate for physicians, nurses, hospice aides, pharmacists, long term care providers, social workers, administrators, chaplains, spiritual care providers, bereavement specialists, volunteers as well as other health care providers. Our theme this year focuses on the evolution of both hospice & palliative care. What does the future in end-of-life care look like?

This year the Annual Hospice and Palliative Care Conference is a full-day virtual event that brings together colleagues and peers to share research, clinical best practices, and practice-related guidance and to advance and improve patient care.

 

 

 


2020 Hospice Conference

Speakers:

Gary Gardia, MEd, MSW, LCSW

Gary Gardia, MSW, MEd.

Gary will explore how conversations surrounding the politics of COVID and current racial unrest can interfere or assist with providing quality care, as long as we are not using them for a personal political platform. He will discuss the strategies for making sure we are clear about professional boundaries surrounding heated topics.

 

Holly Yang, MD

Dr. Yang is a hospice and palliative medicine specialist with Scripps Health, a nonprofit integrated health system in San Diego, CA. In 2015 The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) named Holly Yang, MD, among most inspirational leaders under age 40.

Susan Turnbull

Susan Turnbull is a professional writer and speaker and founder and Principal of Personal Legacy Advisors, focusing on the qualitative aspects of estate, financial and philanthropic planning. She authored The Wealth of Your Life: A Step-by-Step Guide for Creating Your Ethical Will, co-authored Across Generations: A Five Step Guide for Creating an Expression of Donor Intent, and created Life Legacy Cards and the Life Legacy Conversations Tool. Susan’s work has been featured in many national publications, including the New York Times and USA Today.

David Nagel, MD

For the past 30 years physiatrist Dr. Nagel has specialized in pain management. His special interests include doctor-patient communication and advocacy and social justice for those who suffer from chronic pain.  He is the author of the book Needless Suffering; How Society Fails Those with Chronic Pain and The Missing Chapter; Ellen, A Man in Despair, and Too Many in Pain. Dr. Nagel is the chair of the Pain Management Best Practices Committee for the NFL Players’ Association Pain Committee. He is also an advisor to the Pain Action Alliance to Implement a National Strategy (PAINS), a fellow for the Center of Practical Bioethics, and an ambassador for the US Pain Foundation, and the Pain Connection.

Sandra Bertman, PhD, FT

Bertman is a leading thanatologist known for using the arts and humanities to promote death education for medical personnel and the general public. She was Professor of Humanities in Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Graduate School of Nursing, where she founded and directed the Program of Medical Humanities and Arts in Healthcare. Subsequently affiliated with the Graduate School of Social Work at Boston College as Research Professor in Palliative Care, and the National Center for Death Education as Distinguished Professor of Thanatology and Arts. Her publication and media credits include Facing Death Images, Insights and InterventionsGrief and the Healing Arts: Creativity as Therapy, One Breath Apart: Facing Dissection, and Reflections on Wholeness

Conference Schedule

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

11:00 Exhibit Hall
1:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks Janice McDermott & Julie Reynolds
1:25 Race, Religion & Politics: Navigating Difficult Topics with Colleagues & Patients Gary Gardia, MSW, Med.

Gary will explore how conversations surrounding the politics of COVID and current racial unrest can interfere or assist with providing quality care, as long as we are not using them for a personal political platform. He will discuss the strategies for making sure we are clear about professional boundaries surrounding heated topics.

 

2:35 Break
2:50 Vital Talk Holly Yang, MD

Holly Yang, MD

A partner in its creation, Dr. Yang will introduce us to Vital Talk’s ethos, methodology and communication tools for more effective conversations with patients and families about serious illness, goals of care and COVID 19. She will discuss how effective, empathic and honest conversations between a clinician, patient and their family are the cornerstones of patient-centered care.

 

3:55 Closing Remarks

Thursday, November 19, 2020

8:30 Welcome to Day Two
8:35 Has the Hospice Elevator Speech Changed in 25 Years? Gary Gardia, MSW, MEd

How do we as hospice programs describe our services to the public? and What does the public expect hospice to provide?  Is there a disconnect between the two? Gary will explore how hospice services may or may not have changed over the years and whether the patient and family receive what they need and  expect.

 

9:35 Current Trends in Pain Management Dave Nagel, MD

Dr. Nagel will outline local and national strategies for achieving a balance between opioid and non-opioid therapies with a focus on increasing access to comprehensive, patient-centered, multi-modal traditional and non-traditional care. Strategies to empower the patient will be emphasized.

 

10:40 Break
10:50 Using the Arts and Humanities to Support the Dying, Bereaved and Ourselves Sandra Bertman, PhD, & Gary Gardia, MSW, MEd

Moving from theory to practice, this presentation demonstrates how the arts challenge, instruct and support us in our endeavor to stay present with one another’s suffering and to better understand our own. Participants will gain insight, resources and techniques adaptable to their own clinical settings and hopefully, with reconnection to the creativity, renewal and joy in their chosen work.

 

11:50 Closing Remarks
12:00 Submit Evaluation Receive CE/CME Certificates

 

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 Southern NH Area Health Education Center, and the Home Care, Hospice & Palliative Care Alliance of NH.

The Southern NH Area Health Education Center (SNHAHEC) is accredited by the NH Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. SNHAHEC designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA category 1 Credit (s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CEU & Contact Hours

This program has been approved by the Southern New Hampshire Area Health Education Center.  Southern NH AHEC is an Approved Provider of continuing nursing education by the Northeast Multistate Division (NE-MSD), an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

  • 5.25 contact hours Activity Number: 1354

The Southern NH Area Health Education Center is accredited by the NH Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Southern New Hampshire Area Health Education Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.25 AMA PRA category 1 Credit (s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • 5.0 CEUs pending approval from NASW NH
  •  For other professionals: 5.25 professional hours of continuing education

Contact Janice McDermott at jmcdermott@homecarenh.org for updated information.

In accordance with the disclosure policy of Southern New Hampshire AHEC as well as standards set forth by the accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education, continuing medical education speakers and planners have been asked to disclose any financial relationship they have to companies producing pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, prostheses, etc. that might be germane to the content of their lectures, or companies who are supporting this program.  Such disclosure is not intended to suggest or condone bias in any presentation, but is elicited to provide registrants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a given talk.

Faculty Disclosure

Disclosure of discussion of off label uses for any products is also to be made.

The speakers and planners for The 25th Anniversary Hospice and Palliative Care Fall Conference: The Best Care Possible – The Conversation Continues, have reported no significant financial relationship* with any company(s) whose product may be germane to the content of their presentations, or which are supporting this program, and no discussion of off label uses.

Only registered attendees who complete the online evaluation, will receive CE credits. CEUs are available for RNs. MSWs and CME credits as well as general certificates of attendance will be provided.

 

HOSPICE & PALLIATIVE CARE FALL CONFERENCE 2020

The Best Care Possible – The Conversation Continues

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Bertman, S. (1991). Facing death: Images, insights and interventions: A handbook for educators, healthcare professionals and counselors. NY:Taylor & Francis.

Bertman, S. (Ed.). (1999). Grief and the healing arts: Creativity as therapy. NY: Baywood.

Bertman, S. (2009). One Breath Apart: Facing Dissection. NY: Baywood

Bertman, S. (2015). Using the arts and humanities with the dying, bereaved…and ourselves.

Gardia, Gary & Raymer, Mary(2011), Leadership in Everyday Life: It Really Is All about You

Nagel, David, (2016) Needless Suffering; How Society Fails Those with Chronic Pain.

Nagel, David, (2020) The Missing Chapter; Ellen, A Man in Despair, and Too Many in Pain.

Turnbull, Susan, B. (2017), The Wealth of Your Life: A Step-by-Step Guide for Creating Your Ethical Will

 

 

2019 Hospice Conference

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.

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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