2019 Home Care & Hospice Congress
September 16-17, 2019
Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, Arizona

2019 Home Care & Hospice Congress

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About the Conference

Our nation is experiencing an increase in the need for home care, hospice and palliative care services. What began fifty years ago as a grassroots movement to better care for the dying is now an integral part of the U.S. healthcare landscape. This conference will address value of home-based, hospice and palliative care in creating pathways for care delivery and integrating these services into the U.S. health care system. We’re bringing together professionals to explore excellence in leadership, strategy and innovation, share models of care and best practices, explore the integration of care across disciplines and settings, and help providers accelerate change in a value-based system. Topics will include tools and resources to improve quality outcomes; leading and enhancing teams, the impact of opioid use; how to build a sustainable program; billing, coding and payment models and payer partnerships; staying in compliance; how to build a resilient workforce; and more.

Who Should Attend?

From Home Care/Palliative Care/Hospice Care/Hospitals/Health Systems/Health Plans

  • Medical Directors
  • CFO
  • COO
  • Home Care
  • Program Directors
  • Social Workers
  • Case Management
  • Counseling
  • Director of Nursing
  • Director of Hospice Care
  • Director of Palliative Care
  • Pharmacists
  • Physicians
  • Quality Assurance
  • Administrators
  • Hospice Health Aides
  • End-of-Life-Care
  • Operations Director
  • Outpatient Services
  • Palliative Medicine
  • Clinical Director
  • Compliance Director

Also of Interest to Vendors; Consultants; Solution Providers within the Hospice/Palliative Care.

Conference Agenda

Day One – Monday, September 16, 2019

7:15am – 8:00am

Conference Registration & Networking Breakfast

8:00am – 8:15am

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

8:15am – 9:00am

Keynote: The Changing Landscape of Home, Hospice and Palliative Care

The number Americans living with serious illness continues to grow. How can we ensure high-quality care for our most vulnerable patients? This session will examine the evolution of care and insights into efficient, effective models of care for seriously ill patients. Also learn about system redesign and workforce repositioning strategies necessary to respond to our seriously ill patients’ needs and preferences.

Holly Chaffee
President and CEO
VNA Care

9:00am – 9:45am

Keynote: Integration, Collaboration, Cooperation: Planning for the future

With the many changes in the reimbursement landscape and the increased competition in the healthcare space, it is important to understand the trends which will impact future operations. There will be multiple opportunities and being a part of the opportunities will require focus on quality and value. This session will identify trends and explore possibilities.

Samira Beckwith
President and CEO
Hope Hospice and Community Services

9:45am – 10:15am

Networking & Refreshments Break

10:15am – 11:00am

“Yes, Even You”- Personal Death Awareness

This presentation in interactive in nature and the objective is to provide participants with an opportunity to explore their own finitude and discover how this awareness affects their living, relating and caring for others. Our attitudes, values, fears etc. (those both in and out of our awareness) surrounding our own dying and death, can and do have a profound quality on our living and the quality of our care for others. We will utilize experiential exercises, reflection and discussion to gain more clarity and through the group a greater range of understanding differences as well.

Amy Kitsembel, MEd, CSW, FT
Bereavement Coordinator
Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services

11:00am – 11:45am

Hospital at Home

Partnering with a hospital system to care for high acuity patients in their home can benefit hospitals and home health & hospice companies alike. The presenter will share the experience of Community Nursing Services with partnering with a regional cancer hospital to create a Hospital at Home program. Benefits of this program have included decreased costs for the hospital system and increased hospice census and patient satisfaction for the hospice agency.

Kimberly Dansie, MBA, HFA
Vice President of Business Development
Community Nursing Services

11:45am – 12:45am

Lunch

12:45am – 1:30pm

Program Evaluation and Impacting New Payment Models

Evidence based practices can be effective in reducing hospital readmissions, a key metric driving patient outcomes and financial penalties for providers. However, implementation of best practices can be challenging in the post-acute environment, and this impacts performance in value based purchasing, Medicare shared saving plans, and bundled payment programs. This presentation will provide insight into conducting a formal evaluation of your clinical programs to determine how well best practices are implemented in your organization.

Cheryl A. Meyer, MS, RN, NEA-BC
Candidate Doctor of Nursing Practice
Director Clinical Quality, Regulatory and Risk
Advocate Health Care

1:30pm – 2:30pm

Panel: How to Build a Sustainable and Cost-Effective Home-Based Palliative Care Program

Realizing that seriously ill patients often do better when they can stay in their own homes and receive coordinated and personalized treatment, a growing number of hospitals, hospices, home health agencies and group practices now offer home-based palliative care as a separate business line for patients in their communities. Home-based palliative care programs typically integrate multidisciplinary care teams that include physicians and nurses, social workers and chaplains who visit patients in their homes and offer tailored treatment plans focused on managing symptoms and improving quality of life. Panelists will discuss how to build a cost-effective home-based palliative care program, and its benefits to patients, their caregivers and the health care system.

Panelists:
Ujjwala Dheeriya, MD, FACP
Internal Medicine and Palliative Care, Senior Medical Officer
CareConnectMD

Jan Jones, RN, BSN
President/CEO
The Elizabeth Hospice

Jessica Son, MD, MBA
Regional Director
BAYADA Hospice and BAYADA Physician Services

Moderator and additional panelist TBA

2:30pm – 3:15pm

Technology in Hospice: Improving Quality and Adding Resources

Hospice care in rural areas is often characterized by provider shortages and vast geographical service areas to overcome, making access to quality end-of-life care challenging. With care teams fighting to maintain access, minimize cost, and sustain quality measures, telemedicine approaches are being explored as a service to withstand these barriers. As an innovative, community-driven approach, TeleHospice can advance and expand care capabilities while meeting expectations of care that providers and their patients are used to experiencing. During this session, the University of Kansas Medical Center and Hospice Services and Palliative Care of Northwest Kansas will discuss TeleHospice and the role it plays in assisting hospice and palliative care teams while being a cost-efficient, but yet quality driven measure in providing care.

Sandy Kuhlman, RN, BSN
Executive Director
Hospice Services and Palliative Care of Northwest Kansas

Adam F. Lomenick, BS
Research Coordinator
University of Kansas Medical Center

3:15pm – 4:30pm

Successorship RAISE THEM UP!

People are living longer, and we want to be providing our home health and hospice recipients with only the best professionals possible. How can we attract superior talent to our teams? In this session you will learn how to identify those who will be leaders in your existing team, and how to expand your search in the community. We will also discuss bills being presented in Washington DC- PCHETA, the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act to expand and increase access for doctors and nurses in your state. Let’s get people excited to be part of the solution.

Stephanie Puffer
Business Development Director
Bristol Hospice

4:30pm – 5:15pm

Safe Opioid Prescribing

The United States is currently experiencing an opioid related healthcare crisis where drug overdose became one of the leading causes of injury-related deaths. However, the opioid related deaths represent just the tip of the iceberg with far more cases of opioids related hospitalizations and especially opioids abuse, misuse or diversion. The state regulators and various pain management groups believe that the opioid epidemic is related, at least partially, to an increase of opioids prescriptions by over 300% in the past 20 years. As a result, several state medical boards and CDC developed guidelines targeted at educating the prescribing physicians in regard to safe opioid prescribing. The following lecture is aimed at covering a few of these safe practices such as educating patients on opioids use, screening patients to early detect possible aberrant behavior, introducing opioid agreements to enhance the patients’ compliance, urine drug screening, implementation and utilization of State Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs and prescribing Naloxone to patients considered at high risk for an accidental overdose.

Sorin Buga, MD, FACP, FAAHPM
Program Director, City of Hope Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Supportive Care Medicine
City of Hope

5:15pm

Day One Concludes

Day Two – Tuesday, September 17, 2019

7:15am – 8:00am

Networking Breakfast

8:00am – 8:15am

Chairperson’s Remarks

8:15am – 9:00am

Engaging Patients in their Plan of Care

Today’s home health, hospice and palliative care environment focuses on patient centered care, improved quality outcomes and patient and caregiver satisfaction. Impacting performance while engaging patients in their plan of care proves to be a challenge but can be achieved through best practices in care planning and episode management. This session will focus on methodologies to work with patients and families on mutually agreed upon goals to provide consistent care with improved quality and patient satisfaction.

Rachel Rogers, MSW
Director of Staff Education and Patient Care Volunteers
Gulfside Healthcare Services

9:00am – 9:45am

Leadership and Team Effectiveness in Home Care, Hospice and Palliative Care

This session will address tools to create a more cohesive team and improve patient and staff outcomes. Topics to be discussed will include:

– Leading and enhancing interdisciplinary teams
– How to effectively manage the complexities in the hospice organization
– Managing programs, systems and people
– Regulations and standards
– Understanding a value-based approach to management
– Compliance and accountability

Brenda Hough, RN
Nursing Services Director
HomeCare and Hospice of the Valley

9:45am – 10:15am

Suicide Risk Identification and Prevention in Home Healthcare and Hospice Environments: An Original Protocol

Chronically ill patients represent a high-risk population for suicide attempts and completed suicides. Patients being treated primarily for a medical condition often have comorbid behavioral health conditions. Others may be at risk for suicide because of a recent medical diagnosis, a change in clinical status that carries a poor prognosis, or psychosocial issues. In this session, we’ll discuss how to identify at risk patients, understand dangers to patients and ways to prevent them from harming themselves and or others in home healthcare and hospice environments including:

– Identifying these patients at risk should be considered an integral part of plan of care
– Nursing staff may benefit from educational interventions to support patient care
– Social Worker intervention may be required in certain cases
– Identifying community resources in advance is primordial to establish care before a crisis occurs
– Designing a protocol that fits your company and community should be the ultimate goal

Mery J. Lossada, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Hospice of Marion County

10:15am – 10:45am

Networking & Refreshments Break

10:45am – 11:30am

Mass Casualty Triage: Coming Soon to a Hospice near You?

The role of the hospice care sector in mass casualty event management is both vital and rarely understood. Contrary to popular belief, mass casualty event triage does not end at the scene or in an emergency room but can continue in different forms throughout any and all inpatient settings. Because triage can result in some patients’ not receiving the life-supporting care they need, further groundbreaking analysis of the trajectory of triage shows that triage can and in some cases must impact hospice units. Topics to be discussed include:

– An introduction to intake and reverse triage and how they relate to the palliative and hospice sectors
– Ethics of triage
– Life Support/palliative triage
– Possible public policy solutions to delay the need for life support/palliative triage

David A. Sherman, MSN, RN, CCRN-CMC, CEN, CHEC-II
Registered Nurse
North Shore Medical Center ICU

11:30am – 12:15pm

Methadone: Safe and Effective Use for Pain Management

This session will address the use of methadone in home care, hospice and palliative care patients. Topics to be discussed will include:

– Dosing and monitoring strategies for safe and effective use of methadone
– Identifying appropriate patients to consider for methadone use
– Risks and benefits of methadone use for pain management

Mark A. Fox, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, HMDC
Division Vice President
National Medical Director
Kindred At Home, Curo Health Services

12:15pm

Conference Concludes

Workshop – Tuesday, September 17, 2019

12:30pm – 2:30pm

Quality Cycle Management: Setting the Standards for Your Future

With new payment models, value-based contracts and agencies sharing risk with contractual arrangements, QCM is a new way of putting best practices across your whole organization and ensuring they are benchmarked and monitored, that will ensure you will remain as the “go to” organization of the provider network. This workshop will focus on the goal of patient-centered, data-driven, outcome-oriented workflow processes from intake to billing and from admission through discharge that promotes high-quality patient care at all times, in real time, for all patients, and ensures agency compliance and provides both patient and staff satisfaction of a high caliber.

Laura Page-Greifinger, RN, BSN, MPA
President/CEO
Quality in Real Time

Featured Speakers

Holly Chaffee

Holly Chaffee

President and CEO

VNA Care
Samira Beckwith

Samira Beckwith

President and CEO

Hope Hospice and Community Services
Amy Kitsembel, MEd, CSW, FT

Amy Kitsembel, MEd, CSW, FT

Bereavement Coordinator

Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services
Kimberly Dansie, MBA, HFA

Kimberly Dansie, MBA, HFA

Vice President of Business Development

Community Nursing Services
Cheryl A. Meyer, MS, RN, NEA-BC

Cheryl A. Meyer, MS, RN, NEA-BC

Candidate Doctor of Nursing Practice, Director Clinical Quality, Regulatory and Risk

Advocate Health Care
Ujjwala Dheeriya, MD, FACP

Ujjwala Dheeriya, MD, FACP

Internal Medicine and Palliative Care, Senior Medical Officer

CareConnectMD
Jessica Son, MD, MBA

Jessica Son, MD, MBA

Division Director

BAYADA Physician Services
Sandy Kuhlman, RN, BSN

Sandy Kuhlman, RN, BSN

Executive Director

Hospice Services and Palliative Care of Northwest Kansas
Adam F. Lomenick, BS

Adam F. Lomenick, BS

Research Coordinator

University of Kansas Medical Center
Stephanie Puffer

Stephanie Puffer

Business Development Director

Bristol Hospice
Rachel Rogers, MSW

Rachel Rogers, MSW

Director of Staff Education and Patient Care Volunteers

Gulfside Healthcare Services
Brenda Hough, RN

Brenda Hough, RN

Nursing Services Director

HomeCare and Hospice of the Valley
Mery J. Lossada, MD

Mery J. Lossada, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Hospice of Marion County
David A. Sherman, MSN, RN, CCRN-CMC, CEN, CHEC-II

David A. Sherman, MSN, RN, CCRN-CMC, CEN, CHEC-II

Registered Nurse

North Shore Medical Center ICU
Mark A. Fox, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, HMDC

Mark A. Fox, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, HMDC

Division Vice President, National Medical Director

Kindred at Home, Curo Health Services
Laura Page-Greifinger, RN, BSN, MPA

Laura Page-Greifinger, RN, BSN, MPA

President/CEO

Quality in Real Time
Jan Jones, RN, BSN

Jan Jones, RN, BSN

President/CEO

The Elizabeth Hospice
Sorin Buga, MD, FACP, FAAHPM

Sorin Buga, MD, FACP, FAAHPM

Program Director, City of Hope Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Supportive Care Medicine

City of Hope
Venue

Westin 1

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
6902 East Greenway Parkway
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
480-624-1000

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Executive Sponsor

 

Total Triage (The Patient Experience People)

 

Exhibitor

 

Enclara Pharmacia Enclara Pharmacia is a national full-service PBM and mail order supplier of medications and clinical services developed specifically for the hospice and palliative care industry. Enclara services over 500 customers and 90,000 patients nationally, helping to reduce pharmacy costs through a clinically driven model that enables home delivery of pharmaceuticals, as well as access to a network of over 65,000 retail pharmacies, including our own automated fulfillment pharmacies, and institutional pharmacies.

FAQ

Are there group discounts available?

  • Yes – Register a group of 3 or more at the same time and receive an additional 10% off the registration fee

Are there discounts for Non-Profit/Government Organizations?

  • Yes – please call us at 800-743-8490 for special pricing

What is the cancellation policy?

  • Cancellations received 4 weeks prior to the event will receive a refund minus the administration fee of $225. Cancellation received less than 4 weeks prior to the event will receive a credit to a future event valid for one year.

Can the registration be transferred to a colleague?

  • Yes – please email us in writing at info@brinetwork.com with the colleague’s name and title

Where can I find information on the venue/accommodations?

  • Along with your registration receipt you will receive information on how to make your hotel reservations. You can also visit individual event page for specific hotel information. The conference fee does not include the cost of accommodations.

What is the suggested dress code?

  • Business casual. Meeting rooms can sometimes be cold so we recommend a sweater or light jacket

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