- Fall Conference
November 21, 2019
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Pre Conference Dinner
November 20, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Best Care Possible: Next Generation
Thursday, November 21, 2019
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Grappone Conference Center
70 Constitution Ave
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.
Lunch, Exhibits & Networking
|7:30||Registration, Refreshments & Exhibits|
|8:00||Welcome, Janice McDermott, Director of Hospice & Palliative Care|
|8:15||Regulatory & Compliance: The Evolution of Hospice – New Care Models, Hot Topics and Preserving Our Integrity, Judi Lund Person, MPH, Vice President, Regulatory and Compliance at the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization
From the excitement of creating the Medicare Hospice Benefit in the 1980s to the widely accepted, sophisticated care that is now understood by the general public, Judy will delve into the evolution of hospice from its humble beginnings to today. She will focus on issues that have impacted current regulatory hot topics, emerging models in hospice care and expectations for the future.
|10:15||Age Friendly Health Systems, Betsey Rhynhart, VP Population Health, Concord Hospital & Keliane Totten, M.Ed, MCHES, Vice President of Community Engagement, Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association
Explore a wholistic and integrated systems approach to an aging population. Rhynhart and Totten will present a population health approach and building a system of care to meet the needs of our aging community.
|11:15||Virtual Reality: Life & Death Through a Hospice Patient’s Eyes, Daryl Cady, CEO, Hospice of Southern Maine
Join Daryl for a demonstration of Virtual Reality, a new training technique that can be used for staff education as well as community presentations to help us all get more comfortable with witnessing life’s end.
|10:15||Medical Aid in Dying: Responding to Suffering While Embracing Choice, Jaina Clough, MD, UVM Medical Center Internal Medicine & Diana Barnard, MD, Palliative Care, UVM Medical Center and Assistant Professor, Vermont Health Network.
Dr. Clough and Dr. Barnard will draw on their experience in Vermont where Medical Aid in Dying (MAID) is a legal option to discuss “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.
|2:15||Break, Refreshments & Exhibits|
|2:30||The Evolution of Palliative Care; Origins, New Models, Hot Topics And A Look To The Future – Constance Dahlin, MSN, ANP-BC, Palliative NP at North Shore Medical Center and co-director of the Palliative AAP Externship, faculty for ELNEC and at the University of Maryland
In this session, Connie will explore Palliative Care in multiple settings, the role of faith-based care and the necessity for community care partnerships. Focus will be on various issues under the chronic and serious illness umbrella, as well as defining the distinction of palliative care from hospice.
|3:30||Turn in Evaluations & Raffle Drawings|
|4:00||Receive CE/CME Certificates|
|This is a paper light conference; handouts for each session available at homecarenh.org by November 15.|
Pre-Event Dinner & Program
Join Suzana Makowski, MD, Chief of Palliative Care Services, Exeter Hospital, at our informal facilitated networking dinner prior to the full conference. Constance Dahlin, MSN, ANP-BC will discuss Current Talking Points in Palliative Care and Dr. Marianne Jackson, DO, will share insights and information from the Oct. 2019 C-TAC National Summit. POLST and pain management will also be on the agenda.
Stay for the night and join us for the conference the next day! For accommodations, go to, grapponeconferencecenter.com.
Exhibits, Raffles and Silent Auction
Attendees are encouraged to peruse the exhibits during registration, breaks and lunch. Exhibits include community partners in care as well as a variety of books from the Toadstool Bookshop. Silent auction and raffle items will be available for bidding and winners will be announced at the end of the day.
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.
This activity will be 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.
Venue: Grappone Conference Center