Pathways to Success

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The Pathways to Success Live Webinar Series™ is monthly presentations geared specifically to the hospice community. Industry experts speak on on end-of-life care topics relevant to hospice administrators, physicians and clinicians.

There are not charges for the webinars, and HPS clients have the added bonus of free earning nursing CEUs*.

Space is limited each month, so sign up early.

Want to watch with your team as a group? Only one registration is needed. If each team member wants to earn continuing education credit after the webinar, please submit an list of your team members to the HPS Clinical Department, and have each person individually complete the CE test below.

Please contact our clinical team for questions about the Pathways to Success Live Webinar Series.™ Or you contact your account manager for more information.

UPCOMING WEBINARS

Medical Prognostication: Balancing Certainty, Science and Experience

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Christian Sinclair, MD, FAAHPM
Assistant Professor, Division of Palliative Medicine, University of Kansas Health System
Editor, Pallimed
Immediate Past President, AAHPM
Current Clients Earn 1 Contact Hour per California Board of Registered Nursing

The objectives of Dr. Sinclair’s webinar are:
  1.  Identify three barriers to effective medical prognostication
  2. Practice effective communication about medical prognostication with medical peers
  3. Examine how to improve medical prognostication
Dr. Christian Sinclair is an assistant professor of Palliative Medicine at the University of Kansas Health System. His contributions to the field of hospice and palliative care have focused on using social media as a public health tool through his work as editor of the website Pallimed. He was recently the president of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

COPD Management

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Stephanie Cheng, PharmD, MPH, BCGP
Clinical Pharmacist
Hospice Pharmacy Solutions
Current Clients Earn 1 Contact Hour per California Board of Registered Nursing

PAST WEBINARS

The Place for Methadone Therapy in the Hospice Setting

March 22, 2017

Esther Liu, PharmD, MSIA, BCGP
Clinical Pharmacist
Hospice Pharmacy Solutions

Current Clients Earn 1 Contact Hour per California Board of Registered Nursing

The use of Methadone in the hospice setting can be a challenging issue for healthcare professionals.

In her presentation, Dr. Liu will discuss:

  • The role of methadone in treating severe pain at the end of life
  • The pros and cons of methadone use with hospice patients
  • Potential drug interactions
  • Cardiac risk
  • Drug accumulation/toxicity risks
  • Clinical and economic advantages of methadone
  • Opioid-to-methadone conversions

Blue Mind

February 22, 2017
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Wallace J. Nichols, PhD
Research Associate at the California Academy of  Sciences
Co-founder of Ocean Revolution

Current Clients Earn 1 Contact Hour per California Board of Registered Nursing

Modern technology is now exploring the cognitive, emotional, psychological, social and spiritual benefits of time spent near, in, on and under water.

Like music therapy, water provides a wide range of useful, practical and cost-effective tools for healthcare providers.

In his presentation, Blue Mind, Dr. Nichols will explore the ways water can intersect with hospice care – for patient, families and practitioners.

Hope, Resilience and the Beauty of Living a Meaningful (Versus Simply Happy) Life

January 18, 2017
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Dianne Gray
CEO, Hospice and Healthcare Communications
President, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Foundation

Current Clients Earn 1 Contact Hour per California Board of Registered Nursing

Dianne will share resources and research on the important topic of helping hospice patients and families find hope and meaning throughout their end-of-life journeys. This inspirational presentation will help hospice professionals better serve their patients and families in 2017.

Webinar Objectives:

  1. List and describe the Four Stages of Hope, as described by Cathleen Fanslow-Brunjes, RN
  2. Describe Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’ research on hope and how it applies to situations today
  3. Describe and list resources for helping hospice patients find meaning in their lives and why this is important

Discontinuing Medications for Hospice Patients

December 22, 2016
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Esther Liu, PharmD, MISA, CGP
Clinical Pharmacist
Hospice Pharmacy Solutions

Current Clients Earn 1 Contact Hour per California Board of Registered Nursing

As part of the comprehensive assessment for hospice patients at admission, hospice providers routinely make recommendations on discontinuing medications that are no longer appropriate for terminal patients.

This webinar will focus on discussing the common medications that are recommended for discontinuation at end of life. Dr. Liu will also explore the reason for medication discontinuation and how to weigh the risk vs benefit when discontinuing medications.

Dr. Liu is a clinical pharmacist at Hospice Pharmacy Solutions and is the coordinator for the Pathways to Success Live Webinar Series™. She is specialized in drug consultations, hospice care, geriatric care, pharmacy benefit management and research analytics.

Antibiotics in Hospice Care

November 16, 2016
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Dr. Margaret “Molly” Bourne
Chief Medical Officer
Hospice by the Bay
Current Clients Earn 1 Contact Hour per California Board of Registered Nursing

Learner will be able to:
  1. Understand the goal of hospice care is for the comfort of the patient, rather than for increased survival
  2. Consider when antibiotics help with symptom relief
  3. Understand which infections can be treated for symptom relief without antibiotics
  4. Review the most-common antibiotics used in hospice care
  5. Understand the importance of patient and family involvement in decision making surrounding antibiotics

Dr. Margaret “Molly” Bourne is board certified in Family Medicine, Addiction Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Care. After 10 years of practicing primary care and addiction medicine, Dr. Bourne joined Hospice by the Bay as medical director in 2003. She was named chief medical officer in 2014.

Hospice-Nursing Home Partnerships: What Hospice Programs Need to Know to Develop Strong Relationships

October 26, 2016
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Colleen McGreevy
CMC Health Partners

Current Clients Earn 1 Contact Hour per California Board of Registered Nursing

Learner will be able to:

  1. Understand some needs of the nursing facility and how hospice can help fulfill those needs
  2. Identify key leaders in the nursing facility and what is commonly important to each
  3. Identify three action steps to building a strong hospice-nursing home facility relationship

Colleen McGreevy is an operations and growth leader who, for the past 20 years, has held leadership positions with several large home health and hospice companies. Her extensive experience with market analysis, business planning and implementation has allowed her to help organizations reach more people who need and deserve excellent care.

Mastering Pain Management Skills: Safe Opioid Use Amid Opioid-Phobia

September 22, 2016
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Marsha Farrell, BSN, RN-BC, CHPN
Current Clients Earn 1 Contact Hour per California Board of Registered Nursing

Learner will be able to:

  1. Describe a proper opioid titration
  2. Find an opioid equivalent dose with an equivalency chart
  3. Calculate an approximate breakthrough dose for patients on a long-term opioid
  4. List 3 situations when an opioid rotation may be indicated
  5. Name 2 safety strategies for seniors on opioids

Marsha Farrell is a Clinical Consultant and Hospice, Palliative Care and Pain Management Educator with Marsha Farrell Care Consulting, LLC. She is board certified as a pain management nurse and as a hospice and palliative care nurse. Marsha has a background in oncology, home health and surgical nursing.

Grief-Induced Substance Abuse, Sickness, Death and Dying

August 17, 2016
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Dr. Mark Keep, MD
Current Clients Earn 1 Contact Hour per California Board of Registered Nursing

Bereavement stress can cause acute and profound adverse effects on our emotional, mental and spiritual well being.

Grief can lead to serious medical consequences and even life threatening disease and premature death. It also causes serious emotional and spiritual trauma, which can lead to chemical-induced numbing of the pain.

The unfortunate, and significant, increase in substance abuse, and potential for addiction due to grief will be reviewed as well as effective methods to prevent it, deal with it and recover from it. Support groups, self-care and medical care to prevent and treat these grief induced health and wellness problems will be discussed.

Objectives:

  1. Understand how grief affects us physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
  2. Understand how grief leads to biochemical changes that cause health issues and psychological affects such as anxiety, pain, and inflammatory stress.
  3. Understand substance use as coping mechanisms and the potential for addiction.
  4. Review ways to deal with grief induced stress and substance use.

Mark Keep, MD, is a board-certified physician specializing in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Addiction Medicine. After dealing with the sudden loss of his seven-year-old daughter, Dr. Keep began studying grief, loss, PTSD and grief-induced substance abuse, as well as traditional complementary and alternative methods of evaluation and treatment.

Hospice CAHPS: A New Way to Think About the Patient and Caregiver Experience

July 27, 2016
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Karen Sorensen
Associate Vice President, National Initiatives

HealthStream
Current Clients Earn 1 Contact Hour per California Board of Registered Nursing

CMS is increasingly requiring that healthcare facilities conduct a Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers & Systems or CAHPS

survey among their patients. Since 2015, the Hospice CAHPS Survey has been a required measure under the Hospice Quality Reporting Program.

In this session, we will look at CMS’s goal for the survey, including plans for public reporting of scores and an eventual transition to pay-for-performance. Karen will explain how this survey impacts your facility and how you can maximize your performance.In addition to reviewing the fundamentals, we will review:

  1. The new performance standards (including the difference between experience and satisfaction).
  2. The key drivers of the patient and caregiver experience in the hospice setting.
  3. Where to focus improvement efforts.
  4. Tips to prepare and engage staff

Karen Sorensen is a national authority on the government-mandated Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems® (CAHPS) surveys and CMS-quality reporting programs. In her 25-year healthcare career, Karen was deeply involved in the HCAHPS rollout and has successfully implemented research programs for some of the nation’s largest healthcare systems.

Contemporary Media and End-of-Life Care: Talking about Talking about Death

June 22, 2016
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Diane Gray
President, Hospice and Healthcare Communications

Current Clients Earn 1 Contact Hour per California Board of Registered Nursing

America is awash in information on the topic of “talking about talking about death.” For many, it’s downright confusing! Do we have one conversation or many? Who is educating our patients and families? What messages are they hearing?

Dianne Gray is the president of Hospice and Healthcare Communications, an organization that she created after a 10-year period where she cared for her son after his diagnosis of a terminal illness. That experience changed her views on death, dying – and living. Hospice and Healthcare Communications builds programs, partnerships and projects that better educate and inform families, care providers and businesses on all aspects of palliative and end-of-life care.

Referral Inquiry to Admissions: Growing Your Census

May 25, 2016
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Kurt Kazanowski
Hospice Advisors

Current Clients Earn 1 Contact Hour per California Board of Registered Nursing

Webinar Objectives:

  1. How to grow your census and revenue without spending another dollar on marketing + Case Study.
  2. How this process will advance your mission and business objectives.
  3. How the referral inquire to admission conversion rate is key indicator to the organization’s culture of growth.
  4. The key elements needed to build a productive referral inquiry to admission process.

Kurt Kazanowski has more than 30 years of experience as an executive leader. He has created and executed mission and business objectives on strategy development, marketing, sales, growth and business development tactics, merger and acquisitions, physician relationships and forming strategic partnerships between hospice providers and hospitals.

View from Washington: The Hospice Action Network and Congressional Activity

April 27, 2016
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Jonathan Keyserling
Sr. Vice President, Office of Health Policy and Counsel, NHPCO

Executive Director, Hospice Action Network
Current Clients Earn 1 Contact Hour per California Board of Registered Nursing

During this session, Jonathan Keyserling will analyze the upcoming elections and what it could mean for the hospice community. He’ll also try to look ahead to what’s coming for hospice providers from a policy perspective.

Jon will also discuss why hospice supporters must be proactive in engaging their members of Congress and lay out a roadmap of best practices in hospice advocacy.

Jonathan Keyserling is the Senior Vice President, Office of Health Policy and Counsel at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. He is also the Executive Director of the Hospice Action Network, the NHPCO’s affiliated lobbying organization.

“Do-Re-Mi” Pain Management at End of Life: Starting at the Beginning

March 23, 2016
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Marsha Farrell, BSN, RN-BC, CHPN
Current Clients Earn 1 Contact Hour per California Board of Registered Nursing

As hospice providers, we all strive to provide the best pain and symptom management possible for our patients.

Pain management can be complicated at the end-of-life.

This presentation will lay the foundation for pain management choices by “starting at the beginning” with an assessment of pain(s) and classification of the pain(s). Only after the assessment and classification of pain can the hospice team plan a multimodal strategy to manage the patient’s pain. “Do-Re-Mi” Start at the beginning and you will be able to provide exceptional, appropriate pain management.

Marsha Farrell is a Clinical Consultant and Hospice, Palliative Care and Pain Management Educator with Marsha Farrell Care Consulting, LLC. She is board certified as a pain management nurse and as a hospice and palliative care nurse. Marsha has a background in oncology, home health and surgical nursing.

Drugs and Dementia in the Hospice Patient

February 24, 2016
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Jim Joyner, PharmD, CGP
Current Clients Earn 1 Contact Hour per California Board of Registered Nursing

This webinar covers the variety of medications that are used for management of symptoms of dementia.

A detailed discussion of symptom-targeted drug therapy will be made distinguishing between the drugs targeted at cognitive symptoms vs those drugs which are targeted at behavioral and mood symptoms.
The role of cognitive enhancing drug therapy will be presented in the context of the Functional Assessment Staging tool (FAST). The discussion about drugs targeted at behavioral symptoms will address the use of antipsychotics, anxiolytics, anti-epileptic drugs, antidepressants and more. Appropriate dosage range, duration of therapy, as well as risks and benefits of pharmacologic interventions will be thoroughly explored.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Dementia

January 20, 2016
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Laura Wayman
The Dementia Whisperer
Current Clients Earn 1 Contact Hour per California Board of Registered Nursing

Laura Wayman, The Dementia Whisperer, is the Director of Dementia Care Services for Comfort Keepers in Sacramento, Calif. and is the author of A Loving Approach to Dementia Care.

This presentation dispels common myths about dementia, covers common causes and symptoms of dementia, discusses the changed perception and altered reality caused by the loss of normal brain function, understanding the dementia world, speaking and understanding the special language of dementia, and how to apply specialized approaches to your caregiving.

Hospice Payment Reform: How Does That Impact Me?

December 16, 2015
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Jenna Paladino
Paladino Public Affairs
Current Clients Earn 1 Contact Hour per California Board of Registered Nursing

Hospice payment reform sounds like a dreaded economics lesson, but it doesn’t have to be.

Jenna Paladino, a hospice advocate, lobbyist and public affairs expert boils down the new wage index final rule into more palatable bite size highlights. We are all impacted by changes in the payment structure and “service add-ons” to the Medicare Hospice Benefit.

Participate in this session and learn how to become a stronger advocate for our patients and families. In the hospice world, we don’t get a second chance and knowledge is power.

Jenna Paladino is the president at Florida-based Paladino Public Affairs, which provides advocacy, lobbying and communication consultations to healthcare organizations. At PPA, Paladino taps into her experiences as legislative aide, campaign consultant, communications director and hospice advocate to help organizations realize strategic goals while staying true to their missions.

If Only Someone Had Warned Us: Talking with Patients about Risks

November 4, 2015
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Dr. Daniel Hoefer
Chief Medical Officer, Outpatient Palliative Care Program

Sharp Healthcare
Current Clients Earn 1 Contact Hour per California Board of Registered Nursing

This webinar explores how to better recognize pre-terminal patients and the potential harm that can be caused by continuing traditional care. Daniel R. Hoefer, MD, talks about the importance of identifying a patient’s values prior to traditional interventions–especially in the advanced elderly–and when a patient is at risk for cognitive or functional decline.

The Life and Legacy of Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross: Humanitarian, Psychiatrist and Hospice Pioneer

October 8, 2015
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Ken Ross
Founder, The Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Foundation

Current Clients Earn 1 Contact Hour per California Board of Registered Nursing

Ken Ross is the son of psychiatrist, humanitarian and hospice pioneer, Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.

Throughout his youth, he traveled with his mother to many of her speaking engagements, frequently meeting with those seeking her wisdom.
Ken was also the caregiver for his mother the last nine years of her life, which ended in 2004. Following her death, Ken founded the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Foundation and subsequently, has traveled the world sharing his mother’s thoughts on compassionate care of the dying and the grieving. He also speaks on Elisabeth’s incredible life journey and how each of us has the power to live a life based on love versus fear. His message is poignant, humorous, and filled with inspiration. In addition, Ken is also a freelance photographer based in Sherman Oaks, California. In 2003, he co-authored a book with his mother entitled “The Real Taste of Life” which is available on Amazon.

The 7 Pillars of Growth: A Successful Future

September 22, 2015
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Kurt Kazanowski
Hospice Advisors

Current Clients Earn 1 Contact Hour per California Board of Registered Nursing

The 7 Pillars are the important ingredients, a blend of business and

clinical approaches, that make up an Award Winning Recipe for Success for hospice organizations.

This is a proven framework on how to strengthen your growth pillars to serve more patients.

Kurt Kazanowski has more than 30 years of experience as an executive leader. He has created and executed mission and business objectives on strategy development, marketing, sales, growth and business development tactics, merger and acquisitions, physician relationships and forming strategic partnerships between hospice providers and hospitals.

*Each session of the Pathways to Success Live Webinar Series™ is accredited by the California Board of Registered Nurses for 1 Contact Hour.
Only current Hospice Pharmacy Solutions clients are eligible to earn CE credits.

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