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2022 Midwest Regional Conference on Palliative and End of Life Care

Date & Time

October 2, 2022 - October 4, 2022

Event Location


Hilton Ball Park, St. Louis, MO
Hilton Ball Park 1 South Broadway
St. Louis, MO 63102 United States
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Event Details

Date: October 2-4, 2022

Location:  Hilton Ball Park
1 South Broadway, Saint Louis, MO 63102

EARLY REGISTRATION ENDS SEPTEMBER 2, 2022 – After which a $60 late fee applies  

Registration Closes on September 23, 2022

About the Conference
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. 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 & 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, Administrators, Medical Directors, Chaplains, Volunteers, Volunteer Coordinators, Bereavement Coordinators, Nursing Home Administrators and their staff, Ethics Committees, Long-Term Care Nurses, Palliative Care Nurses, and any health care professional in any discipline where hospice and palliative care is needed and provided.

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;
Stimulate dialogue on ethical issues related to end of life care.

Conference Outcomes
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 care concerns, and apply to practice;
Examine current policies and regulations for providers of end of life care.

Handouts – Each registrant will be provided information on how to download conference handouts prior to the conference.  Registrants will need to print a copy of the workshop handouts they have selected prior to arrival if they wish to have a hard copy while at the conference. THERE WILL BE NO PRINTING CAPABILITIES ON SITE. If registrants would prefer to purchase a bound copy, it is available for $65 and must be ordered on the Conference Registration Form at the time of registration. Only conference registrants may purchase handouts.

Silent Auction – Hospice agencies donate many wonderful items for the silent auction. Conference attendees will want to visit the auction table on Monday afternoon and on Tuesday until 10:15am. Bring your checkbook. carry home some wonderful purchases and have fun.
Please support MHPCA by shopping the silent auction!

Exhibitor’s Reception – Sunday, October 2nd from 5:00pm – 6:30pm – Each conference attendee is invited to the Exhibitor’s reception on Sunday evening. Attendees are encouraged to meet the exhibitor’s and vendors and share development ideas to improve the delivery of end of life care.

Monday Box Lunch – Monday, October 3rd from 11:00am – 12:00p in the Exhibit Hall – Enjoy a boxed lunch while catching up with colleagues, visiting with exhibitors or just taking a quick minute to gather your thoughts.

Game Night – Monday, October 3rd from 4:00p – 6:00pm in the Exhibit Hall – Challenge the exhibitors in fun-filled games and activities! You will not want to miss this event!

Networking Breakfast – Tuesday, October 4th from 7:00AM – 8:00AM – Engage your peers in conversation while enjoying breakfast in the exhibit hall.

Networking Lunch – Tuesday, October 4th from 12:00pm – 1:00pm – Discuss issues and ideas from the conference sessions with your peers. Exchange experiences and enhance your conference attendance.

Hotel Information

Hilton at the Ballpark

Click here to book your group rate for the 2022 Conference. 

Self Parking daily rate is $20.00 per day.
Valet Parking rate is $30.00 per day.

Important Information Regarding the Conference
ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR THE PRECONFERENCE AND THE CONFERENCE is at www.missourihospice.org. If you pay by check, please include with your mailed check the name of the person registering or a copy of your email confirmation. MHPCA member rates are provided to Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Illinois Hospice Association members and to National Hospice & Palliative Care Association members.

Registration for the MHPCA Conference does not include the DHSS Pre-Conference or the Palliative Care Pre-Conference presentations. To attend both the Pre-conference session and the Main Conference, you must register for each individually.
Early registration ends September 2nd. A $60.00 late fee is assessed beginning September 3rd.
Registration closes on September 23rd.
Bound copies of conference material will be available for a $65.00 printing charge. All bound copies must be ordered at the time of registration.
There is a $40.00 fee for processing continuing education credits.
Please be aware that conference 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 nonmember rate.

Special Events/Important Notices

Click here for the 2022 Brochure featuring information about the key note speakers, breakout sessions, and more!


Sunday, October 2, 2022

5:00 pm to 6:30 pm  Opening Reception with Exhibitors 

Monday, October 3, 2022

 7:00 am     Registration Opens – Exhibit Hall 



 8:00 am to 10:00 am   Pre-ConferenceDHHS Bureau Update – Bureau Administrator & Staff, MO DHSS

8:00 am to 11:00 am    Palliative Care Pre-conference – Neuro Palliative Care, Elyse Everett, MD


Monday, October 3, 2022

10:00 am to   6:00 pm      Exhibit Area Opens

12:00 pm    Conference Opens- Honor Guard Opening

12:15 pm to   1:15 pm        Keynote SessionKey Policy Changes in Hospice & Palliative Care & How You Can Be An Advocate, Paul Tatum, MD

 1:15 pm to   1:45 pm       Spotlighting Exhibit Area/ Marketplace

 1:45 pm to   2:45 pm     Concurrent Session I

1-A: CGS Update – Nykesha Scales & Tanith Heesch, CGS

1-B: Understanding the Barriers to Hospice & Palliative Care Utilization in Communities of Color- Peggy Funk, Hospice & Palliative Care Network of Maryland, CAE

1-C: Wound Care for the End-of-Life Patient – Larry Rose, RN, BSN, CWCN

1-D: Medication Appropriateness in End-Stage Cardiac Disease – Mya Belgeri

2:45 pm to   3:15 pm      Break (Exhibit Hall)

3:15 pm to   4:15 pm     Concurrent Session II

2-A: How End of Life Doulas Fill the Gaps in End of LifE, Joan Bretthauer

2-B: Pediatric Pharmacotherapy for the Hospice Clinician, Melissa Hunt, PharmD, BCGP

2-C: It’s Been a Long Two Years: Learning and Evolving From COVID- 19
Kelli Traylor, LMSW and Heather Murphy, BSN RN

2-D: The Hospice Drug Profile: Learn to Love It! Ellen Fulp, PharmD

4:00 pm to   6:00 pm    Game Night — Exhibit Hall  – Tuesday, October 4, 2022

 7:00 am Registration Opens & Breakfast / Exhibit Area Opens

 8:00 am to 10:00 am     Keynote speaker Steven Garner – Angola Hospice: A View of the Inside, From the Outside

10:00 am     Spotlight Exhibit Area/Marketplace

10:15 am    First Silent Auction Pull

10:30 am to 12:00 pm    Concurrent Session III

3-A: “We Care” Wellness Training: A curriculum for training physicians, Stephanie Clark

3-B: Improving decision making in hospice IDT meetings: Lessons Learned, Debbie Oliver, PhD

3-C: Understanding the Veterans Program, Patty Poore, RN

3-D: Cost Effective Symptom Management -Caren Martin, PharmD, BCGP

12:00 pm    Networking Lunch, Exhibit Area and Second Silent Auction Pull

1:15 pm to   2:45 pm   Concurrent Session IV

4-A:  Responding Compassionately to Spiritual Experiences at End of Life, Julie Strassman, D Min

4-B: An interdisciplinary approach to improving pain management in hospice, Karla Washington, PhD

4-C: Small-group experiential learning to build skills for difficult conversation, Devin Odom, MD

4-D: Expediting Hospice and Palliative Care Services through Effective Education, Andrea Holthaus, MD

 2:45 pm to   3:00 pm      Break

 3:00 pm to   4:00 pm   Concurrent Session V

5-A: Palliative Care Update – Patrick White, MD

5-B: Changes in Counseling for Dealing with Final Dispositions – Dan Flynn, Neptune Society

5-C: Connecting Personal and Professional: A Narrative Medicine Approach, Cara Wallace, PhD, LMSW, APHSW-C

5-D: CMS Diversity Plan – Cordt Kassner, PhD

Continuing Education:
CE Instructions:
This conference will make available continuing education credits as listed below.
Certificates will be issued after the successful completion of sessions and evaluations are completed.
Certificates will be mailed to the address given on the evaluation form with credit hours documented.
Midwest Regional Conference on End of Life Care, a continuing education activity has been
submitted for approval to:

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by AXIS Medical Education and Missouri Hospice & Palliative Care Association. AXIS Medical Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 12 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.

Credit Designation for Nursing

AXIS Medical Education designates this continuing nursing education activity for a maximum of 12.0 contact hours.

Learners are advised that accredited status does not imply endorsement by the provider or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with an activity.

For information about the accreditation of this program please contact AXIS at info@axismeded.org.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

AXIS Medical Education requires faculty, instructors, authors, planners, directors, managers, reviewers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose all real or apparent conflicts of interest they may have with ineligible companies. An ineligible entity is any organization whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. All relevant conflicts of interest are identified and mitigated prior to initiation of the planning phase for an activity.

AXIS has mitigated and disclosed to learners all relevant conflicts of interest disclosed by staff, planners, faculty/authors, peer reviewers, or others in control of content for this activity. Disclosure of a relationship is not intended to suggest or condone bias in any presentation but is made to provide participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a presentation or activity. Disclosure information for faculty, authors, course directors, planners, peer reviewers, and/or relevant staff is provided with this activity.


Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of patient conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

The faculties: Robin Swarnes, Joyce Rackers, Mike Fields, Elyse Everett, Paul Tatum, Nykesha Scales, Tanith Heesch, Peggy Funk, Larry Rose, Joan Bretthauer, Kelli Traylor, Heather Murphy, Ellen Fulp, Steven Garner, Cordt T. Kassner, Stephanie Clark, Josh Mazur, Katie Gholson, Debra Parker Oliver, Patty Poore, Melissa Bowers, Caren Martin, Julie Strassman, Karla Washington, Devin Odom, Andrea Holthaus, Natalie Mansouri, Patrick White, Daniel Flynn and Cara Wallace reported no financial relationships or relationships they have with eligible companies of any amount during the past 24 months.

MEDICAL DIRECTORS: MHPCA is currently seeking CME approval.
SOCIAL WORKERS: MHPCA, #1359, is an approved provider for social work, continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.asbw.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. MHPCA maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period
02/28/2020 to 02/28/2023. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive up to twelve (10) continuing education clock hours.
CHAPLAINS, VOLUNTEER COORDINATORS, DIETICIANS, PHYSICAL THERAPISTS AND OTHER DISCIPLINES: Upon completion of the conference attendance and evaluation form a Certificate of Successful Completion will be provided.
NURSING HOME ADMINISTRATORS: MHPCA is currently seeking CE approval.

Registration is closed for this event.