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2019 Midwest Regional Conference on Palliative and End of Life Care

Date & Time

October 13, 2019 - October 15, 2019

Event Location


Oasis Hotel and Convention Center
2546 N Glenstone Ave
Springfield, MO 65803
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Event Details

“Some of its magic, some its tragic but I’ve had a good life along the way.” -Jimmy Buffett

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 14

Keynote Session – Improving Quality in Palliative Care Using Technology: Registries, Apps, and Beyond– Arif Kamal MD, MBA, MHS – Duke University Hospital

I-A:  Clinical Care & Finance: Can This Marriage be Saved? – Stephen Rhoades, Community Strategist, Post-Acute – Netsmart

I-B:  Palliative Care and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Perfect Union – Maria Ferrell, APRN, ACHPN, NP-C

I-C:  The Final Days: Lessons from a Family Caregiver – Debra Parker Oliver, Professor – University of Columbia

I-D:  Effective Mock Surveys that Safeguard Your Hospice Accreditation – Judy Morris, RN – 5 Star Consultants

II-A:  You Can’t Do This Alone: Interdisciplinary Teamwork in Hospice and Palliative Care – Christa Burke, MSW, LCSW, ACHP-SW & Hamish Seegers, MAR, MAML, M.Div. Chaplaincy

II-B:  Improving Palliative Care Outcomes with integration of Transitional Care – Jennifer Keil, Hospice Director & Tammy Dickson, Community Services Director

II-C:  Bird’s Eye View of a Compliant Volunteer Program – Ketti Dawson, MS & Annette Lee, Consultant

II-D:  Digital Marketing – Yes, You Do Need to Do It – Dean La Velle, Account Manager – Vervocity Interactive

Tuesday, October 15

Keynote Session – Moral Injury – J.W. “Bucky” Buckner, MD, FACS

III-A:  Veteran’s Panel – J.W. “Bucky” Buckner, MD, FACS

III-B:  The Role of Antithrombotic Therapy in Hospice in End-of-Life Care – Myra Belgeri, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCGP, FASCP – Optum Hospice Pharmacy Services

III-C:  Documentation That Pays the First Time! – Sandy Decker, RN, BSN – CGS Administrators, LLC

III-D:  Creating an IDG (The Interdisciplinary Dreaded Game) Playbook – Debra Parker Oliver, Professor – University of Columbia

IV-A:  Infection Control in Home Care: Updating Practices for Positive Outcomes – Jennifer Hale, MSN, RN, CHPN

IV-B:  Grief, Relief, and Belief – A Wholistic Approach to Grieving and Grief Support – Greg Volpitto, M.Div, Bereavement Coordinator & Director of Pastoral Care & Jen Volpitto, LPC – Jen Volpitto Therapy, LLC

IV-C:  Clinicians Navigating Within Telehealth – Trish Carcopa, Health Care Occupation Educator – Southwest Technologies, Inc. & Steve Hendrix, President & Jody Loyd, RN – Life Science Technologies

IV-D:  Care Planning Drill Down: Utilizing Your Interdisciplinary Team to Protect Against Top Deficiencies – Judy Morris, RN – 5 Star Consultants

V-A:  Palliative Care of the Patient with COPD – Ryan Krout, PharmD – Enclara Pharmacia

V-B:  Mapping Your Way to Survival: Successful Tools for Volunteer Audit – Karen Goodson, Advisor MHPCA Volunteer Coordinator Committee 

V-C:  Healthcare Professionals and Grief: Taking Care of Those Who Care – Heidi Foster, MS, GC-C

V-D:   Palliative Care and Hospice Research Updates from 2018-2019 – Patrick White, MD, HMDC, FACP, FAAHPM – Washington University School of Medicine

$305.00  Main Conference (Includes Reception on Sunday, Lunch on Monday,  Breakfast and Lunch on Tuesday) (Save by registering for both days!)
$175.00  Monday Only  –  (Includes Reception & Monday Box Lunch)
$220.00  Tuesday Only  –  (Includes Breakfast and Lunch)

Non Members:
$380.00  Main Conference (Includes Reception on Sunday, Lunch on Monday,  Breakfast and Lunch on Tuesday)
$205.00  Monday Only  –  (Includes Reception & Monday Box Lunch)
$240.00  Tuesday Only  –  (Includes Breakfast and Lunch)

Volunteer/Med Student:
$255.00  Main Conference – Non Member: $265.00 (Includes Reception on Sunday, Lunch on Monday,  Breakfast and Lunch on Tuesday)
$145.00  Monday Only  – Non Member: $155.00(Includes Reception & Monday Box Lunch)
$180.00  Tuesday Only –  Non Member $190.00 (Includes Breakfast & Lunch

Registration Brochure 2019

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

Early registration ends September 16, 2019.  There is a $40.00 late fee assessed after Sept. 16, 2019.  Registration closes October 4, 2019.

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 Oasis Hotel and Convention Center, register by phone at 417-866-5253 and reference group code MHPCA Midwest Conference. Room rates are $109.00 a night. There is no charge for parking. Our room block cut off date is September 20, 2019, 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.