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You are invited to the 2016 HPCFM Education Conference at the Four Points Sheraton in Norwood, MA on November 1 - 3.

When: Nov. 1, 2016
8:00 AM until 4:00 PM
Where: Four Points Sheraton Hotel
1125 Boston Providence Turnpike
Norwood, Massachusetts  02062
United States
Contact: Betsy Watt

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2016 HPCFM Education Pre-Conference 


Smooth Sailing:  Ensuring Your Community-Based Palliative Care Success

Offered in partnership with HPCFM and     

Tuesday - November 1,  8:00 am -  5:00 pm

 at the Four Points by Sheraton, Norwood, MA


 Cost:                $329 for HPCFM Members/ $429 for Non-Members 

Registration fee includes breakfast, breaks, luncheon and materials.

Date:               November 1, 2016

 Time:               7:00 am – 7:45 am  Registration and Continental Breakfast

                        7:45 am – 8:00 am  Welcome

                        8:00 am – 5:00 pm  Program


Kathy Brandt, MS, the kb group, Washington, DC

Janet Bull, MD, FAAHPM, Four Seasons Compassion for Life, Flat Rock, NC

J. Brian Cassel, PhD, JB Cassel Consulting LLC, Richmond, VA

 Palliative care is an integral part of the post-acute care networks being developed in response to CMS value-based care initiatives. Who is better positioned to offer these services than your organization?

 Implementing and integrating a community-based palliative care program is a complex endeavor.  Can you answer all of these questions affirmatively? If not, then this course is for you.

 ·         Do you understand the benefits and challenges of each type of palliative care model?

·         Have you assessed the needs in your community using CMS and stakeholder interviews?

·         Do you know how to bill CMS for palliative care?

·         Is your palliative care budget realistic? 

·         Can you present an evidenced-based business case to payers or provider partners? 

·         Are you measuring the right quality indicators to demonstrate the effectiveness of your program?

·         Do you have a comprehensive implementation plan?

 This interactive and informative full-day workshop will teach you what it takes to build a palliative care program and provide you with a customizable organizational implementation plan that can lead to your success. 

 All attendees who pre-register for the course will receive a link to access one free registration to the CSU Institute for Palliative Care’s How to Get Started Building a Community-Based Palliative Care Program online course to complete prior to attending the November 1st workshop.

 Topics Covered:

 Overview and Comparison of Palliative Care Models

·         Describe specific models of community-based palliative care

·         Define the benefits and challenges of continuity of care in relation to each model

·         Identify potential partnership for each model of care

 Conducting a Needs Assessment

·         Identify key stakeholders to involve in a palliative care needs assessment

·         Describe the process involved in determining the palliative care needs in your community

·         Analyze gaps between perceived need for and availability of specific palliative care services

·         Identify the patient population

 Billing, Coding and Payment Models

·         Discuss the elements required to meet certain evaluation/management codes

·         Identify the requirements and use of transitional care, chronic care, and advance planning codes

·         Describe PQRS, MACRA, MIPS, and ICD-10

·         Recognize the reason claims get denied

·         Create a pro forma budget for a community-based palliative care program

 Exploring Payer Partnerships

·         Leverage value-based healthcare to identify payer partners

·         Describe the essential elements of a business case for payer partners

 Metrics and Measurement for Community-based Palliative Care

·         Apply a measurement framework for palliative care programs

·         Follow five steps to select appropriate measures

·         Describe optimal measurement strategies, and mistakes to avoid

 Creating the Data for a Data-driven Business Plan

·         Support assertions about needs, opportunities and impacts of palliative care programs

·         Create compelling, actionable, believable presentations about palliative care

·         Present information clearly, in ways that meet the needs of your audience

 Developing an Implementation Plan

·         Distinguish stages and dimensions of organizational change

·         Name core elements of palliative care Policies and Procedures and the rationale for developing these documents

·         Describe key considerations for planning the configuration and development of the interdisciplinary palliative care team and roles of team members

·         Identify key competencies and resources for providing organization-wide training on palliative care

·         Recognize the core elements of a palliative care marketing strategy

 Evaluating and Improving your Success

·         Understand useful, pragmatic approaches to palliative care evaluation


Since attendees will come into this course with various levels of experience and expertise, an overview of the CSU Institute’s Action Planning Tool will be provided. This will include how to prioritize the logical next steps and how to find the support needed to get your program started.

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