Pathways to Success

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The Pathways to Success Live Webinar Series™ are 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 is no charge 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 a 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 contact your account manager for more information.

UPCOMING WEBINARS

Common drug-drug and drug-disease interactions found in hospice patients

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 at 10:00 AM PST

Dr. Chinenye Emereole, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist, Hospice Pharmacy Solutions

This webinar will focus on common drug-drug and drug-disease interactions encountered by hospice patients. It will cover the adverse drug events that can potentially occur with these interactions and how to manage therapy. Polypharmacy plays a huge role in these interactions and so caregivers should be able to understand when these interactions require close monitoring or when abrupt discontinuation of the medication is necessary.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Identify common drug-drug and drug-disease interactions found in hospice and the drug agents potentially causing these interactions.
  • Point out clinical presentation of these interactions
  • Understand when meds need to be discontinued vs when to continue/change to a different agent

Dr. Chinenye Emereole is a clinical pharmacist with Hospice Pharmacy Solutions. She has been a practicing pharmacist for 8 years and received her Doctorate degree at Ferris State University of Michigan. She has worked closely with the medical team and Geriatric population in Long term care pharmacy setting. She also has worked in a Compounding and Retail pharmacy. She specializes in drug information, clinical research and pain management in hospice patients.

PAST WEBINARS

New Palliative Care Guidelines on the Horizon: What you need to know now

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 at 10:00 AM PST
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 Judy Thomas, JD

CEO of the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California

Amy Melnick, MPA

Executive Director of the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care (NCHPC)

 

Palliative care is a growing and evolving field.  Learn about the development of national guidelines to formalize and delineate the provision of quality palliative care as it spreads across the continuum of care.  This webinar will provide an overview on the development of the National Consensus Project (NCP) Guidelines for Palliative Care, the specific domains covered by the NCP Guidelines, and possible  implementation strategies.  This webinar is one of the first presentations to nationally showcase the upcoming new NCP Guidelines.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Describe the history and development process for the NCP Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, 4th edition.
  • Describe the domains and changes in the NCP Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, 4th edition.
  • Identify possible strategies to apply the NCP Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, 4th edition.

Judy Thomas, JD, is CEO of the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California, a partnership of healthcare providers, non-profit organizations, associations, state agencies, and individuals working to ensure seriously ill people receive quality, compassionate care. Dr. Thomas is an attorney with over twenty years of experience in the healthcare industry. Today, she chairs the National POLST (Physician Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment) Paradigm Task Force and serves on the Donate Life California Advisory Board and was recently named a Practice Change Leader by the John A. Hartford Foundation.

Amy Melnick, MPA is the Executive Director of the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care (NCHPC). Amy’s career has focused on health care policy, legislative and regulatory advocacy, and Coalition building with diverse stakeholders. Amy guides the Coalition efforts towards improved communication, coordination and collaboration within the 10 national organizations representing the interdisciplinary hospice and palliative care field. The Coalition was founded over a decade ago by leaders from hospice and palliative care field. One of the Coalition’s first successful projects was the publication of the Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care

As the Coalition’s first Executive Director, Amy leads the Coalition’s efforts on behalf of the 10 Member organizations and engages with various internal and external partners to identify areas of common interest and consensus to collectively improve the care of people with serious illness and those at the end of life.  Amy guides the Coalition operations and stakeholder engagement efforts with various health care policy organizations such as Congress, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, National Institutes of Health, National Academy of Sciences, National Quality Forum, The Joint Commission, Patient Centered and various philanthropic organizations.

Prior to joining the Coalition, Amy was the Vice President, Advocacy for the Arthritis Foundation in Washington DC where she successfully advocated for the creation of a congressionally directed federal research program for arthritis research at the Department of Defense. Amy has also represented physicians, scientists, and nurses while serving as the Vice President for Health Policy at the Heart Rhythm Society. She began her career on Capitol Hill as Committee Staff at the U.S. House of Representatives, Select Committee on Aging where she focused on issues affecting older Americans. Amy attended the London School of Economics and Political Science and received her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College and her Master of Public Administration from George Mason University.

Cancer Anorexia and Cachexia Syndrome

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018 at 10:00 AM PST
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 John Mulder, MD, FAAHPM, HMDC

Chief Medical Consultant for Hospice and Palliative Care, Holland Home

Grand Rapids, MI

This session will explore the common and ofttimes perplexing condition of Cancer Anorexia and Cachexia Syndrome (CACS).  We will discuss the pathophysiology, symptoms, and treatment of CACS.  We will also present effective communication strategies that will help clinicians discuss this issue with patients and families.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Define Cancer Anorexia and Cachexia Syndrome
  • Describe the pathophysiology of CACS and the basis for the symptoms it produces
  • Discuss management strategies for treating CACS

John Mulder, M.D. is a leader in the field of palliative care. Improving the quality of life for his patients has always been a matter of service to Dr. Mulder and his career reflects that. As a nationally recognized authority on end-of-life issues and pain management, Dr. Mulder has become a sought-after speaker on the topics. He began his engagement in hospice, end of life care, and palliative medicine in 1984.  He was certified as a hospice and palliative medicine specialist by the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine in 2000. He previously has taught at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Meharry Medical College, and currently teaches at Michigan State University of Human Medicine.  He is also the director of the Grand Rapids Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program.

Effective Use of Medication Formulary

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 at 10:00 AM PST
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Sherita Castille, PharmD

Hospice Pharmacy Solutions

 

Formularies have been used for hundreds of years.  The National Formulary consisted of a list of medicines that were approved for prescription throughout the country.   Today, the main function of a prescription formulary is to specify particular medications that are approved to be prescribed at a particular hospital, in a particular health system, or under a particular health insurance policy.  Used effectively, formularies can help manage drug costs.  This presentation will explore different formulary designs, demonstrating how effective utilization can lower costs and integrate prescribing practices.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Understanding different Formulary structure designs
  • Cost benefits of Formulary utilization
  • Compare cost-effective alternatives

Sherita D. Castille, PharmD, is a Clinical Pharmacist at Hospice Pharmacy Solutions, LLC.  Dr. Castille received her Doctorate of Pharmacy at Xavier University of Louisiana.   After moving to North Dallas in 1997, Dr. Castille practiced as a Clinical Pharmacist at Methodist Health Systems Dallas, specializing in ICU and CCU.  She was the Pharmacist-in-Charge and manager of a retail pharmacy for 8 years where she was a preceptor, mentoring high school students and integrating Medication Therapy Management (MTM) services.  Since 2009, Dr. Castille’s focus has been the affordability of healthcare.  Her diligent work with PBM powerhouses Medco, Express Scripts and Humana has given her insight to current trends in managed care.  In her current position, Dr. Castille works closely with hospices performing medication reviews, medication consultations as well as providing formulary management guidance.  She is committed to Hospice Pharmacy Solutions’ continued success to bring innovative products to the clients we serve.

The Impact of Evidence-Based Practices on Current and Future Hospice Trends

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 at 10:00 AM PST
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Cordt T. Kassner, PhD

CEO, Hospice Analytics 

 

This webinar will review key outcome and clinical metrics, resulting in increased viability for your hospice. From Hospice Utilization to Hospice Compare, Medicare information will be analyzed to give you better understanding of how your hospice fits into the locally competitive, state, and national hospice landscape. Participants will be able to:
  • Discuss current Medicare hospice claims trends regarding hospice utilization, length of stay, percentage discharged alive, etc.
  • Increased awareness of how CMS, Program Integrity, and the OIG use similar claims information for investigation purposes.
  • Explore implications of ACO / bundled payments, physician reports, and payment incentives for hospice providers.

Dr. Kassner is a hospice and end-of-life healthcare industry analyst. He incorporated Hospice Analytics in 2008 to merge Medicare datasets in unique ways, and with other national databases, to better understand and explain how healthcare is delivered to those near the end of life.

 

He earned degrees in Social Work (BS, Illinois State University), Counseling (MA, Denver Conservative Baptist Seminary), and Health & Behavioral Sciences (PhD, University of Colorado-Denver).  His prior work experience includes serving as CEO of the Colorado Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, and clinical and research responsibilities at the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center.  While co-chairing the University of Colorado Hospital Ethics Committee, Cordt founded the Colorado Healthcare Ethics Forum, serving as president for 5 years and a board member for 11 years.  He has served as a “translator” of information between administration/clinical healthcare professionals and researchers/statisticians for over 20 years.  Cordt serves and has served on numerous local, state, and national boards and committees and has facilitated over 150 workshops and presentations.  He currently serves on two Medicare Technical Expert Panels for Hospice Quality.  Cordt has served on the faculty of the University of Colorado-Denver Health Sciences Center since 1992, and in 2012 was also invited to serve on the faculty at Duke University.

Hospice and the Holidays: Helping Your Patients, Helping Yourself

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017 at 10:00 AM PST
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Dianne Gray

President, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Foundation; CEO, Hospice and Healthcare Communications

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

This presentation discusses research that will help you navigate the holidays by sharing research and resources that’ll help make your job easier through this sometimes-difficult season. In this presentation, webinar attendees will be able to:
  • List and describe four ways to expand the circle of support during the holiday season.
  • Describe research surrounding meaningfulness & why it can help all navigate the holidays successfully.
  • Describe research that explains why music is integral part to patient care during the holidays and throughout the care experience.
  • List free resources, apps & support content for patients and families on hospice care throughout the holidays.
Dianne Gray is a 15-year professional in the hospice and palliative care fields. She is an author, keynote speaker, researcher and global advocate who produces film, music, and publishing projects to teach both consumers and clinicians about building

Management of Delirium in Hospice Patients

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 at 10:00 AM PST

 

P. Lynn Williams, BSPharm

Hospice Pharmacy Solutions

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

Delirium is defined as sudden severe confusion due to rapid changes in brain function. It is a common medical condition encountered in the hospice setting and is usually reversible. Untreated delirium may lead to an increase in short- and long-term mortality, a decrease in cognitive function, and an increase in complications of hospice care. This presentation will explore the underlying causes of delirium and discuss the non-pharmacological and pharmacological management for delirium in hospice patients.

Pain Management: Adjuvants

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017
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John Mulder, MD, FAAHPM, HMDC

Chief Medical Consultant for Hospice and Palliative Care

Holland Home, Grand Rapids, MI.

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

Optimal pain management is best achieved by the appropriate use of a number of adjuvant medications.  Especially with increased scrutiny directed toward opioid use, an understanding of alternative pharmacologic approaches to pain management will position providers to address complex pain issues in a more sophisticated fashion.  This session will identify a number of adjuvant medications that can be used in a variety of pain situations.

 

Hypertension Medication Management At The End of Life

Wednesday, August 16th, 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

Near the end-of-life, certain types of medication can cause confusion among patients, families, and clinicians—the medication doesn’t directly provide comfort, but stopping the medication could cause other unintended consequences. Anti-hypertensive medications are one of the most challenging classes because of the potential risk for stroke or heart attack and strong focus on getting to a normal blood pressure. In this webinar, we will review the which anti-hypertensive medications can easily be stopped at the end-of-life and those where caution might be urged before altering the dose. A strategy to help hospice staff communicate with patients, family, cardiologists and primary care physicians will also be covered.

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.

The Role of Public Policy to Improve Care for Patients

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Judy Thomas
Chief Executive Officer
Coalition for Compassionate Care of California
Current Clients Earn 1 Contact Hour per California Board of Registered Nursing

In this presentation, webinar attendees will learn:
  • How to use the legislative process to improve care for patients, including:
    • Strategic Preparation
    • Impacting the legislative process
    • Planning for the implementation of new law
    • The importance of grassroots
    • Remembering the state budget
  • Role of the Regulatory Process
    • Do you need legislation?
    • What happens after legislation is passed?
    • How to work with regulators
Judy Thomas, JD, is CEO of the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California, a partnership of healthcare providers, non-profit organizations, associations, state agencies, and individuals working to ensure seriously ill people receive quality, compassionate care. Dr. Thomas is an attorney with over twenty years of experience in the healthcare industry. Today, she chairs the National POLST (Physician Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment) Paradigm Task Force and serves on the Donate Life California Advisory Board and was recently named a Practice Change Leader by the John A. Hartford Foundation.

A Visual Approach to Simplifying Respiratory Drug Regimens

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

This presentation provides a visual approach to identifying duplicate inhaled regimen therapies for the purpose of simplifying and improving the management of dyspnea in hospice patients.  In this presentation, webinar attendees will be able to:

  • List at least 3 major adverse effects of inhaled medications.
  • Visually separate the different inhaled medications into their proper classifications.
  • Identify duplicate therapies in a patient’s respiratory medication regimen.
  • State the risk and rational of using or not using corticosteroids in the hospice population.
  • List the steps to appropriately manage dyspnea in a hospice patient.

 

Dr. Cheng is a clinical pharmacist at Hospice Pharmacy Solutions. She specializes in hospice care, geriatric care, global and public health, research analytics, clinical program development, and drug information.

The Giant Leap Forward: From Care Provider to Care Manager

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Jennifer Hale, MSN, RN, CHPN
Vice President, Quality and Standards
Compassus, Hospice & Palliative Care
Current Clients Earn 1 Contact Hour per California Board of Registered Nursing

This topic is designed to help the hospice team — especially nurses and social workers — move from making visits to making visits count. In this presentation, webinar attendees will learn:
  1. The difference between being a care provider and a care manager
  2. How this differentiation supports the goals of hospice as a holistic service
  3. How this differentiation meets the needs of patients and families
Jennifer Hale joined Compassus in March 2017 as the Vice President, Quality and Standards.  Jennifer’s transition to Compassus was preceded by 3 years with Optum Palliative and Hospice Care as the Vice President of Clinical Services. In addition, Jennifer served as the Executive Director of the Georgia Hospice and Palliative Care Organization for 5 years.  Jennifer’s two decades of nursing, leadership and executive experience in long-term care, home health and hospice allow her to leverage both skills and knowledge in identifying trends in healthcare delivery, regulatory matters and systems changes which impact patient care outcomes.

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.

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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