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2018 Midwest Conference on Palliative and End of Life Care

Date & Time

October 7, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - October 9, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

Event Location

Event Details

2018 Midwest Regional
Conference on Palliative & End of Life Care

Play what you know & then play above that.”
-Miles Davis

October 7-9, 2018
Harrah’s North Kansas City Casino and Hotel
North Kansas City, MO

The Midwest Regional Conference on Palliative and End of Life Care is sponsored by the Missouri Hospice & Palliative Care Association.   The conference is designed to assist health care professionals in understanding the health care issues when treatment changes from curative to palliative care.  Palliative care focuses on comfort and quality of life rather than cure and prolongation of life.   Palliative care is the foundation of hospice services, however the principles are applicable to any setting where care is being provided to the terminally ill.

The Midwest Regional Conference on Palliative and End of Life Care seeks to provide education for a multidisciplinary group of health care professionals to increase the quality of end of life care.

Target Audience
Physicians and their staff; Hospital Nurses, Social Workers & Discharge Planners; Hospice Nurses, Social Workers, Administrators, Medical Directors, Chaplains, Volunteer, Volunteer Coordinators, Bereavement Coordinators and Nursing Home Administrators.  Ethics Committees; Long-Term Care Nurses, Social Workers, Medical Directors, and Administrators; Palliative Care Nurses, Physicians, Coordinator/Administrators.

Conference Goals

  • Improve standards of practice through education of professionals and others involved in providing end of life care;
  • Improve access to appropriate end of life care through the alignment of individualized needs with available care; and
  • Stimulate dialogue on ethical issues related to end of life care.

Conference Objectives

Participants attending the conference will be able to:

  • Describe and apply tools used to identify patients appropriate for end of life care;
  • Use effective pain and symptom management medications and treatments to improve outcomes;
  • List communication tools to improve difficult and painful discussions of end of life concerns, and apply to practice;
  • Recognize importance of coordination of care when multiple providers are involved, and utilize in the clinical setting ;  and
  • Examine current policies and regulations for providers of end of life care.

Conference Sessions

Monday, October 8

Keynote Session – Hospice Regulatory Update – Jennifer Kennedy, MA, BSN, RN, CHC-Director, Regulatory & Compliance, NHPCO – Voodoo Lounge

I-A Evidence-Based Tools to Enhance Effective Communication in Palliative Care – Brian Carpenter, PhD, Meghan McDarby, Graduate Student & Patrick White, MD, HMDC, FACP, FAAHPM –  Voodoo Lounge

I-B The Challenges of Symptom Management and the Macy Catheter – Brad Macy, RN, BA, BSN CHPN – Laughlin Room

I-C Telehospice: The Project Plan and The Stories – Sandy Kuhlman, RN, BSN & Adam F. Lomenick, Research Assistant for Dr Gary Doolittle, Internal Medicine/Medical Oncology – New Orleans Room

I-D Emergency Preparedness Update – Jennifer Kennedy, MA, BSN, RN, CHC – Windsor Room

II-A Palliative Care and Hospice Research Updates from 2017-2018 – Patrick White, MD, HMDC, FACP, FAAHPM – Voodoo Lounge

II-B Alternative Methods For Stubborn Wounds – Larry Rose, RN, BSN, CWOCN, CFCN – New Orleans Room

II-C Music Therapy Interventions Addressing Pain, Restlessness, Anxiety, and Respiratory Comfort – Sharla Whitsitt, MME, MT-BC & Maggie Rodgers, MT-BC  – Laughlin Room

II-D Common Psychiatric Disorders at the End of Life – Allison E. Jordan, MD, HMDC – Windsor Room

Tuesday, October 9

Keynote Session – Making Palliative Care Sustainable for the Future: Advocacy, Workforce and Research – Christian Sinclair, MD FAAHPM – Voodoo Lounge

III-A: Increasing Earlier Hospice Referrals with Chronic Care Management – Jill Wilke, MS, RN – Windsor Room

III-B: Managing the Mysteries of Methadone – Myra Belgeri, Pharm.D., BCGP, BCPS, FASCP – Laughlin Room

III-C: Managing the Big 5: Finances for Clinical Leaders – Jennifer Hale, MSN, RN, CHPN & Carla Roberts, BS – New Orleans Room

III-D: Conquering Conflicts in Hospice Work – Steve Sewell, MDiv, CPS, Chaplain/Grief Counselor – Voodoo Lounge

IV-A: The Palliative Care Social Worker – Joanne Schleicher, LCSW – Laughlin Room

IV-B: Palliative Care in the Cancer Clinic: Confessions of a Recovering Oncologist – Michelle Schultz, MD – New Orleans Room

IV-C: Drag Shows, Tattoo Parlors, and Church Pews – Greg Volpitto, MDiv & Jen Volpitto, MAC, LPC – Voodoo Lounge

IV-D: Antipsychotics in Dementia: Under Control or Over-Prescribed? – Nathaniel Hedrick,PharmD – Windsor Room

V-A: Vents, LVADs, and Hospice Oh My! – Patrick White, MD, HMDC, FACP, FAAHPM & Colleen Gilmore, ANP-BC – Windsor Room

V-B: Non-opioid and Adjuvant Pain Management – Allison E. Jordan, MD, HMDC – Voodoo Lounge

V-C: Educating Our Future Colleagues: Creating an MSW Practicum – Christa Burke, MSW, LCSW, ACHP-SW – Laughlin Room

V-D: Take Your Challenges Out Of The Box – Sue Risch, BSW & Trish Carcopa, BA – New Orleans Room

$280 Main Conference (Includes Reception on Sunday, and Breakfast and Lunch on Tuesday) (Save by registering for both days!)
$150 Monday Only  –  (Includes Reception)
$195 Tuesday Only  –  (Includes Breakfast and Lunch)

Non Members:
$355 Main Conference (Includes Reception on Sunday, and Breakfast and Lunch on Tuesday)
$180 Monday Only  –  (Includes Reception)
$215 Tuesday Only  –  (Includes Breakfast and Lunch)

Volunteer/Med Student:
$230  Main Conference –Non Member: $240
$120 Monday Only  –  (Includes Reception)  –  Non Member: $130
$155 Tuesday Only –  (Includes Lunch) – Non-Member $165

Registration Brochure 2018

An MHPCA member rate is provided for Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Illinois Hospice Association members and NHPCO members.

Early registration ends September 3, 2018.  There is a $40.00 late fee assessed after Sept. 3, 2018.  Registration closes Sept. 28, 2018.

There is a $50.00 printing charge for bound copies.  All bound copies should be ordered at the time of this registration.

There is a $25.00 fee for processing continuing education credits.

This course provides 9 nursing contact hours.

This course provides 9 social worker contact hours.

For hotel accommodations at Harrah’s North Kansas City Casino and Hotel, register by phone at 1-800-427-7247 and reference group code S10MHPC , or register online at https://www.caesars.com/harrahs-Kansas-city. Room rates are $111.00 a night. There is no charge for parking. Our room block cut off date is September 28, 2018, so book your room early!

End of Life Conference registration is a separate registration from the Pre-Conference on Department of Health & Senior Services Updates and the Palliative Care Pre-Conference on Palliative Care.

Please be aware that seminar fees are non-refundable, but substitutions are welcome.

Please be sure to use your Medicare Federal ID number as your membership number or you will be charged the non-member rate.

Missouri Hospice & Palliative Care Association is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Missouri Hospice and Palliative Care Association, #1359, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Missouri Hospice and Palliative Care Association maintains responsibility for the program.  ASWB Approval Period: 2/28/2017 – 2/28/2020.   Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.

Social workers participating in this conference will receive up to 12 (3 pre-conference; 9 conference) continuing education clock hours.