2020 Palliative and Hospice Care Congress
June 15-16, 2020 * Las Vegas, NV

2020 Palliative and Hospice Care Congress








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 palliative, hospice and home-based 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 Palliative Care/Hospice Care/Home Care/Hospitals/Health Systems/Health Plans

  • Medical Directors
  • CFO
  • COO
  • 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/Home Care.

Conference Agenda

Day One – Monday, June 15, 2020

7:15am – 8:00am
Conference Registration & Networking Breakfast

8:00am – 8:15am
Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

8:15am – 9:00am
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.

9:00am – 9:45am
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.

9:45am – 10:15am
Networking & Refreshments Break

10:15am – 11:00am
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.

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.

11:45am – 12:45am

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.

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.

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, tele-hospice 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 tele-hospice 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.

3:15pm – 4:30pm
Recruitment, Retention and Identifying Future Leaders

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.

4:30pm – 5:15pm
“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.

Day One Concludes

Day Two – Tuesday, June 16, 2020

7:15am – 8:00am
Networking Breakfast

8:00am – 8:15am
Chairperson’s Recap of Day One

8:15am – 9:00am

9:00am – 9:45am
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..

9:14am – 10:15am
Networking & Refreshments Break

10:15am – 11:00am
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

11:00am – 11:45am
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

11:45am – 12:30pm
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

Workshop – Tuesday, June 16, 2020

12:45pm – 2:45pm
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.


MGM Grand
MGM Grand
MGM Grand
3799 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Mention BRI Network to get the discounted rate of $104/night (average rate).

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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 3 weeks prior to the event will receive a refund minus the administration fee of $185. Cancellation received less than 3 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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