2024 Palliative, Hospice and Home Care Summit

July 15-16, 2024, JW Marriott * Nashville, TN

2024 Hospice and Home Care Summit








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 hospice, home-based and palliative care in creating pathways for care delivery and integrating these services into the U.S. healthcare 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 the vital role of hospice and home health in improving the patient experience, preventing burnout among care providers, prioritizing equity, hospice-hospital collaborations, the hospital at home model and more

Who Should Attend?

From Home Care/Hospice Facilities; Hospitals; Health Systems

  • Nurses
  • Palliative Care
  • Hospice Care
  • Post Acute Care
  • Administrators
  • CEO
  • CFO
  • Operations
  • Finance Dept.

Conference Agenda

Day One - Monday, July 15, 2024

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

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

8:15am – 9:00am

Enhancing Quality of Life: Psychosocial Care for Pediatric Patients with Serious Illness

Megan Schaefer, Ph.D.
Pediatric Psychologist
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics | The Ohio State University
Nationwide Children’s Hospital 

9:00am – 9:45am
Home-Based Palliative Care: A Paradigm Shift from Hospital to Home-Based Care
Home-Based Palliative Care (HBPC) has emerged as a crucial component in the continuum of care for individuals with advancing illnesses. The primary objective of HBPC is to improve the quality of life for patients facing chronic and/or life-limiting illnesses while providing support for their families and friends in the familiar and comforting environment of their own home. Numerous studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of HBPC in achieving this goal through various outcome measures, including symptom management, patient and family satisfaction, and cost-effectiveness. By providing comprehensive symptom assessment and management by interdisciplinary teams, HBPC ensures that patients receive tailored interventions to alleviate distressing symptoms such as pain, dyspnea, and fatigue. This proactive approach not only enhances symptom relief but also empowers patients to maintain a sense of control over their care, thereby improving their overall well-being. Unfortunately, barriers to HBPC present significant challenges in delivering optimal care to palliative care patients. Barriers such as geographical limitations, healthcare infrastructure disparities, financial constraints and caregiver burden contribute to challenges in maintaining HBPC services at home. Addressing the benefits and barriers is essential to ensure equitable access to high-quality Home-Based Palliative Care.

Kristine Kowalski, RN, BSN, MBA, PHN, MA, CHPCA
Palliative Care Coordinator/Administrator
Providence- Mission Regional Healthcare Center 

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

10:15am – 11:00am
Home Palliative Care: Enhancing Hospital at Home
Patients who are sick enough to require hospital at home likely experience a high symptom burden. Palliative care can improve their quality of life by providing physical and psychosocial support and assisting with caregiver distress. This session will discuss how adding home palliative care can enhance patients’ experience of receiving acute or curative care at home and help with transition to hospice as needed. The palliative care team can initiate goals-of-care conversations and discuss advance care planning. There is alignment between hospital at home and palliative care and the aims of reducing health care costs and readmission rates.

Bronwyn Long, DNP, MBA, ACNS-BC
Palliative Care and Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist
National Jewish Health 

11:00am – 11:45am
Overcoming Barriers to Acceptance of Specialty Palliative Care
Specialty palliative care (SPC) is high-value health care that aims to improve quality of life for patients with serious illness and their loved ones. However, SPC faces several barriers to acceptance and implementation, such as misconceptions, stigma, and lack of awareness. This session will review key challenges and describe strategies via communication and education that empower patients, loved ones, and providers with an understanding of SPC to improve SPC involvement in care and patient health outcomes.

Karl B. Bezak, MD, HMDC
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Medical Director, Inpatient TelePalliative Care Service
Medical Director, UPMC AIC/Palliative Care at Home
Univ. of Pittsburgh SOM, Dept of Medicine
Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics

11:45am – 12:30pm
Care Transitions in a Tertiary and Quaternary Medical Center: A Palliative Care Social Work Perspective
The availability of Palliative Care services in hospitals and medical centers has grown significantly over the years. There is a lot of data highlighting the benefits of having these services available but this session will specifically highlight the role Palliative Care plays in patient care transitions. The presenter will also describe factors that contribute to successful care transitions, as well barriers commonly impacting care transition.

Katie Ries, LMSW, APHSW-C
Social Work Specialist | Supportive & Palliative Care Team
University of Iowa Health Care 

12:30pm – 1:30pm

1:30pm – 2:15pm
Advanced Heart Failure Management in Hospice Care
The need for expert advanced heart failure care, including managing ES cardiac and valve disease, LVAD and cardiac transplant, and disease specific symptom management is increasing in hospice end of life care. This session will discuss the ACCF/AHA/HFSA 2022 Heart Failure Guidelines for Class IV Stage D End of Life management, the top 3 hospice cardiac diagnosis, and via case study, strategies for operationalizing these guidelines. 

Erin Donaho, ANP-C
National Specialist Cardiac Care
Lead NP Houston HUB
Accentcare Hospice & Palliative Care 

2:15pm – 3:15pm

Panel: Connecting with Compassion: Leveraging TelePalliative Care to Meet Rural Community Needs
Palliative care, recognized as crucial in value-based healthcare, improves patient outcomes by enhancing quality of life and reducing suffering and costs. However, rural areas often lack access to this specialized care, leading to disparities. Rural and critical access hospitals (CAHs) treat many patients with serious illness but face challenges in providing specialty palliative care. Telehealth offers a solution, with successful models implemented by Providence Health (PH) and UPMC. UPMC's pilot study ensured goal-concordant care and resulted in a reduction of transfers from rural centers by conducting real-time goals of care conversations via telepalliative care. PH's hybrid model connected local staff with palliative providers, resulting in frequent consultation and significant cost savings. These telepalliative models demonstrate clinical benefits and cost-effectiveness, addressing disparities in rural healthcare. Continued development and advocacy for such models are crucial to improve care for patients with serious illness in rural communities.

Karl B. Bezak, MD, HMDC
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Medical Director, Inpatient TelePalliative Care Service
Medical Director, UPMC AIC/Palliative Care at Home
Univ. of Pittsburgh SOM, Dept of Medicine
Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics

Adie Goldberg, PhD, LICSW
Organizational Development and Clinical Content Consultant
Washington State Department of Health Rural Palliative Initiative  

Kevin Murphy, MD, MSW

3:15pm – 3:45pm
Networking & Refreshments Break 

3:45pm – 4:30pm
Home Health and Hospice – A Look at Value-Based Initiatives
By now, we are all familiar with the concepts of value-based care and the transition away from a payment system built primarily on a fee-for-service reimbursement methodology to a patient centered model that focuses on coordinated, high quality, and lower cost care. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to remind us that it expects all Part A and B Medicare beneficiaries to be in a care relationship with accountability for quality and total cost of care by 2030. While a lot of attention is paid to the models focused on primary care attribution, such as the accountable care organizations involved in shared savings models, CMS is also examining value-based care models at two other points along the care continuum: home health and hospice. This session will examine the expanded home health value-based purchasing model.

Joseph Shega, MD
Chief Medical Officer
VITAS Healthcare 

4:30pm – 5:15pm
The Performance Metrics that Drive Value-Based Care Success in Home Health Care
Almost all home health providers want to get into value-based care. Many don’t know where to start.
Performance-based benchmarks like patient satisfaction, timeliness of care and staff efficiency are all metrics you should begin to track diligently. That will come in handy when negotiating value-based care deals in the future. This session will explore performance metrics that drive value-based care success in home health.

Kendall Ford

End of Day One

Day Two – Tuesday, July 16, 2024

7:15am – 8:00am
Networking Breakfast 

8:00am – 8:15am
Chairperson’s Recap

8:15am – 9:00am
Preventing Burnout Among Hospice Care Providers
Hospice and home care providers play a critical role in the healthcare industry. They offer medical support for the terminally ill and elderly, helping them live safely and comfortably with their loved ones for as long as possible. But despite their importance, these caregivers have one of the highest burnout rates of all career fields. This session will explore some of the leading causes of hospice work burnout and how to prevent it.

Lia Smith-Pratt
A Better Solution, Inc. 

9:00am – 9:45am
Prioritizing Health Equity in Palliative and End-of-Life Care
The COVID-19 pandemic brought to light significant health disparities in illness and death due to a person’s race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status. Also, those factors cause significant inequities in access to palliative and end-of-life care that remain largely unaddressed. The quality of care people receive once they are given a life-threatening diagnosis or as they approach the end of their life depends upon race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and who they love. Such disparities in treatment are unconscionable and must be addressed. This session will explore how we can achieve equal access in palliative and end of life care.

Cornelia Banciu-Odell, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Medicine
City of Hope National Medical Center 

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

10:15am – 11:00am
Bridging Care Gaps: AI in Hospice and Home Health Services
AI is revolutionizing how we provide care, particularly in hospice and home health services. AI enhance caregiver capabilities by streamlining administrative tasks and fostering a more profound focus on delivering empathetic care. Simultaneously, it contributes to cost containment through increased efficiency and optimized resource utilization, ensuring a sustainable and effective healthcare approach. While AI operates predominantly in the background, momentum is building for it to step onto the front lines, engaging in direct and empathetic patient interactions. This session will explore how AI is addressing healthcare challenges, its potential for bridging care gaps, and how it can optimize operations and improve the patient experience. 

Gary Skole
Chief Executive Officer
AlzBetter LLC 

11:00am – 11:45am
Build a Care at Home Strategy Using Digital
For patients with chronic illness and who may be approaching end of life, receiving care at home may substantially improve wellbeing and reduce suffering.  Learn about how UMass Memorial Health is implementing a comprehensive care at home strategy using digital technologies to advance care at home.  Using digital approaches (like telehealth, remote monitoring, mobile integrated health, rehab at home, hospital at home, and others) can help to prevent cycles of acceleration of care.  Digital tools and Care at Home are also helping us to address key challenges and to advance our health system’s strategic goals. 

Eric Alper, MD
SVP, Chief Quality Officer / Chief Clinical Informatics Officer
UMass Memorial Health Care 

11:45am – 12:30pm
Fraud Enforcement Update
In 2023 alone, the federal government recovered nearly $2 billion from healthcare providers under the federal False Claims Act.  This is in addition to the numerous criminal and administrative enforcement actions brought against healthcare providers for alleged fraud, waste, and abuse.   Unfortunately, hospice and home care are far from strangers to fraud enforcement. During this talk, you will hear from a leading healthcare defense attorney, Scott Grubman, who will discuss the DOJ’s fraud enforcement priorities.  Mr. Grubman will utilize his prior experience as a healthcare fraud prosecutor, as well as his decade of experience in private practice since, to provide practical advise that providers can use to stay off of the government’s radar.

Scott R. Grubman
Founding/Managing Partner
Chilivis Grubman 

Conference Concludes

Workshop - Tuesday, July 16, 2024

12:45pm – 2:45pm
One Day or Day One: The Application of Mobile Integrated Healthcare Services in Home Care Medicine

This is a practical review of how to integrate external and internal multidisciplinary services into Home Care Medicine programs for the delivery of care in the patient’s preferred location. This session will review applied regulatory environment strategies and how they can be translated into operational considerations for various clinical and non-clinical services of MIH Providers. Participants will discuss program models and patient care stories from across the care continuum and healthcare ecosystem, from acute care hospitals at home to longitudinal care to palliative and hospice programs.

Scott Willits, CPC
Board Member
National Association of Mobile Integrated Healthcare Providers


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Nashville, TN 37203

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