ExpiredPersuading Physicians to Engage Palliative and Hospice Care Earlier- The Anti Death Panel Approach

  • April 30, 2015
    11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Persuading Physicians to Engage Palliative and Hospice
Care Earlier – The Anti-Death Panel Approach

Webinar – Thursday, April 30, 2015

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Eastern – Audio Recording Available

One-third of cancer patients die in the hospital. Only one-half of them use hospice and that’s for an average of eight days. 10% of all Medicare dollars are spent in the last month of life and the current system can’t sustain new expensive treatment.

The scenario is all too familiar: the patient leaves the ICU (or not), and dies at home after three days of delirium. The family struggles with regrets and with thoughts of what they wish they had or had not done. The only way people will know how to plan is if they are told what will likely happen. Patients and families deserve honesty, compassion, and time enough to say good-bye. In this Webinar, Dr. Smith will suggest reasonable ways to persuade oncologists and other specialists to make referrals to hospice earlier and more often.

Program Objectives:

  • Discuss compelling data for hospice and palliative care about quality of life, quality of care and cost containment;
  • Propose strategies to engage physicians and encourage earlier referrals to palliative care and hospice;
  • Review foreseeable changes in health care financing and their impact on hospice and palliative care.

Faculty: Thomas J. Smith, MD, FACP, FASCO, FAAHPM, is a medical oncologist and palliative care specialist with a lifelong interest in better symptom management, open and accurate communication and improving access to high quality affordable care. He is Director of Palliative Medicine for Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Professor of Oncology at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center of Johns Hopkins and the Harry J. Duffey Family Professor of Palliative Medicine. The hospital wide palliative care consult service at Johns Hopkins sees more than 1500 patients a year, has a six-bed inpatient palliative care unit and has a growing research agenda with “Scrambler Therapy” for pain, decision aids, and integrated palliative care for patients on Phase 1 drug trials. Dr. Smith is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. A graduate of the Yale University School of Medicine, Dr. Smith was a Project on Death in America Faculty Scholar from 1995-1998. The presenter has declared no conflict of interest for this program and will present fairly and without bias.

Registration Fee: Member rate is $169.00 – Non-members $269.00. Indicate if you will be calling into the live webinar or purchasing the audio recording (fee is the same). The live webinar includes the opportunity to ask questions of the presenter. If you desire to purchase both the live webinar and the audio recording, pay the registration fee and an additional $40.

Continuing Education: 1.5 contact hours will be awarded for this program.
Registration Brochure: Engage Physicians in Hospice Webinar

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