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2023 Midwest Regional Conference on Palliative & End of Life Care

Date & Time

November 5, 2023 - November 7, 2023

Event Location


Sheraton Crown Center, Kansas City, Missouri
2345 McGee Street, Kansas City, MO 64108
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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Event Details

“Soulful Journeys: Nurturing Education and Connection in Hospice Care”

Sheraton Crown Center – Kansas City, Missouri  Please Book your hotel room at

Sheraton Conference Attendee Sleeping Room Block: Book your group rate for Missouri Hospice and Palliative Care Attendees.

You must have your sleeping room reserved by October 14, 2023 

Hotel Parking:

Valet Parking $35.00
Self-Parking $25.00

Early Conference Registration Ends:  October 7th, 2023

To download the conference brochure:  Conference Brochure



Keynote Speaker:  Day One  November 6, 2023

Topic: Being Human in a Hospice World –  Helen Bauer, BSN, RN, CHPN

Helen Bauer, BSN, RN, CHPN -Helen Bauer has been a nurse for over 30 years, specializing in hospice and end of life care since 2009. She’s a Certified Hospice and Palliative Registered Nurse with experience in patient care, nursing management, quality, and compliance.  Her passion for advocacy at end of life can be heard on The Heart of Hospice podcast talking about hospice philosophy, how to get the most from your hospice experience, and advance care planning. Over the years, Helen’s helped hundreds of families navigate their hospice journeys by providing support, education, and encouragement.

Take a look at Helen’s podcast here:  https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=https%3a%2f%2fwww.theheartofhospice.com%2fpodcast&c=E,1,8Q5qDKuDpMuggjW3z8mehZpgMd-WfNC2mnVMTNVsliJDqUqGHdvTzki4TzNIlqE3YLv7YyZVAUGaRsJ0EMrqy38vgBrKzAij4A9Ndq7mLF34&typo=1





Keynote Speaker: Day Two November 7, 202Sally King, LCSW, LSCSW, E-RYT 200

Topic: Ageism in America – Understanding our Youth obsessed culture and How to End Bias in Healthcare

Sally is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Missouri and Kansas and adjunct professor for the University of Missouri – Kansas City, Sally has worked since 2001 in the field of community, crisis, and hospice mental health care for adults and older adults. Sally has provided outreach, education, and project management on behalf of the University of Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Center and Landon Center on Aging. Having spent many years training professionals in the areas of mental health, Sally has received three “Professional of the Year” awards from her colleagues. Sally maintains a small private practice, providing adult and older adult mental health therapy in the Kansas City area or via telehealth. Sally provides mental health teaching, training, counseling, and consulting on a part-time basis and is a trauma-informed care trainer and specializes in training agencies and social workers on trauma-informed protocols and resiliency building. Sally is a volunteer and past President of the Funeral Consumer Alliance of Greater Kansas City and is a trainer for Healthy IDEAS, a nationally recognized older-adult depression care curriculum. Fun Fact: Sally is a yoga teacher too!



Sunday, November 5, 2023

5:30 pm to 6:30 pm                   Opening Reception with Exhibitors – Exhibit Hall

Monday, November 6, 2023

 7:00 am                                      Registration Opens

8:00 am to 11:00 am                  Pre-Conference – ADR’s, ALJ, and other things that surround the process.  Learn what to write and what to say!  Heather Murphy, BSN, RN Panel to be determined.

8:00 am to 11:00 am                 Palliative Care Pre-conference – Healing Reimagined: Care for the Seriously Ill and their Caregivers – Michelle Goetz, DO, FACOI

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

12:00 pm                                       Conference Opens

12:15 pm to   1:15 pm                  Keynote Session – Being Human in a Hospice World –  Helen Bauer, RN, BSN, CHPN

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

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

1-A:  CGS Presentation, Top Five Things to know about the CGS Plan for 2024– Nykesha Scales, MBA & Katie Menzel BSN, RN

1-B: The Heart and Science of Hospice- Helen Bauer, RN, CHPN, BSN

1-C: Preventing the prescribing cascade at end of life, Caren McHenry Martin, PharmD, BCGP (non-accredited)

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

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

2-A: Utilization of Facility Dogs in Hospice & Palliative Care, Monica Korba, RN

2-B: End of Life Nutrition, Past Present and Future, Jill Recker, LMSW & Katie P Sharp, LMSW

2-C: Understanding & Establishing Boundaries:  Maintaining Professional Health-Care Relationships, Katherine Morrison, MSN, RN, CHPN

  4:00 pm to   6:00 pm                  Game Night — Exhibit Hall  

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

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

  8:00 am to 10:00 am               Keynote speaker   Sally King, LCSW, LSCSW, E-RYT 200 

Ageism in America – Understanding our Youth obsessed culture and How to End Bias in Healthcare

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:  When LCDs just don’t perfectly Fit,  Annette Lee, RN, MS, HCS-D, COS-C
3-B: Sexuality, Sexual Abuse, and Dementia, Katie P Sharp, LMSW
3-C: Hospice in Rural Areas,  Dr Andrew Mayo

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

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

4-A: The new Hospice Survey Protocols – how to try them out before the surveyor does! Annette Lee, RN, MS, HCS-D, COS-C
4-B: Severe Symptom Assessment & Management in the last few days, Brad Macy (Non-Accredited)
4-C: Bereavement:  An Understanding of Widowhood in 2024, Debra Parker Oliver, MD

  2:45 pm to   3:00 pm                  Break

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

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

5-B: Providing Bereavement Care in Response to Experience of Continued Presence, Julie Strassman, D.Min

5-C: Changes in Counseling for Dealing with Final Dispositions, Julie Walter-Davis, CANA


12.0 Continuing Education Hours

Continuing Education Information Coming Soon

For Nurses and Physicians:

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 12.0 Inter-professional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.

Credit Designation for Physicians

AXIS Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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 faculty: Heather Murphy, Michelle Goetz, Nykesha Scales, Barbara Karnes, Helen Bauer, Monica Korba, Jill Recker, Katherine Morrison, Sally King, Annette Lee, Katie Sharp, Andrew Mayo, Debra Oliver, Patrick White, Julie Strassman, Julie Walter-Davis reported no financial relationships or relationships they have with eligible companies of any amount during the past 24 months.  Caren Martin & Brad Macy have disclosed a work relationship.

The following directors, planners, managers, and reviewers reported no financial relationships they have with any ineligible company of any amount during the past 24 months:

Name of Director, Planner, Manager, and Reviewer
Jane Moore, CEO
Ronald Viggiani, MD
Holly M. Hampe, DSc., RN, MHA, MRM, CPHQ
Dee Morgillo, MeD., MT(ASCP), CHCP


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 2/28/2023 – 2/28/2026. 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 (12) 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.


Check out the Conference Brochure by scanning the link below!

Midwest Regional Conference Brochure

Registration is closed for this event.