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Preconference Event On Palliative Care in the Community

Seminar Announced – Smooth Sailing: Ensuring Your Community-Based Palliative Care Success

SAN DIEGO, CA – September 27, 2016 All across America hospices and other organizations are working to build community-based palliative care programs to meet the needs of the community, increase access to quality palliative care, and diversify their revenue. Yet, the challenges are significant. Finding the resources, partners, and skilled staff to establish a sustainable program can be a daunting task. In response to these challenges, the California State University Shiley Institute for Palliative Care is collaborating with the Hospice and Palliative Care Federation of Massachusetts to deliver a full-day workshop to address these issues on Tuesday, November 1st during the 2016 HPCFM Education Pre-Conference at the Four Points Sheraton in Norwood, MA.

“We’re very excited to bring the expertise of the CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care to the HPCFM members we well as other organizations in Massachusetts and on the east coast. Their in-depth educational program helps organizations build community-based palliative care programs that will be here in the long run. And that’s exactly what so many hospices need right now, a well-thought out and sustainable program.”

– Christine McMichael, Executive director of the HPCFM

Palliative care is an integral part of the post-acute care networks being developed in response to CMS value-based care initiatives. Implementing and integrating a community-based palliative care program is a complex endeavor.

This interactive and informative full-day workshop will teach participants what it takes to build a palliative care program. The workshop provides a customizable organizational implementation plan that lays the foundation for a successful palliative care program.

All attendees who pre-register for the course will receive a link to access one free registration to the CSU Shiley 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. Register for the course on the HPCFM website, here.

Ensuring Your Community-Based Palliative Care Success Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the organizational capabilities required for an organization to successfully build a community-based palliative care program
  • Identify critical areas on which your organization must focus in order to successfully implement a palliative care program
  • Create a framework that can be used to assess organizational readiness and plan the implementation of a palliative care program

Course Topics

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

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

Billing, Coding, and Payment Models Relevant to Palliative Care

  • Discuss the elements required to bill using evaluation/management codes
  • Identify the requirements and use of transitional care, chronic care, and advance planning codes
  • Recognize the reason claims get denied
  • Outline the elements of a comprehensive palliative care program budget

Exploring Payer Partnerships

  • Utilize value-based healthcare to attract payer partners
  • Identify the 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

  • Discuss the elements of a business case for community-based palliative care
  • Describe data commonly needed for a business plan
  • Review strategies for securing or developing some of the data 

Creating an Implementation Plan to Build Your Palliative Care Program

  • Distinguish stages and dimensions of organizational change
  • Name core elements of palliative care Policies and Procedures and the rationale for developing
  • Describe key considerations for planning the configuration and development of the interdisciplinary palliative care team and roles of team members

Cost: $329
Date: November 1, 2016 – 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM


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

Register for the course on the HPCFM website, here.

Learn more about CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care community-based palliative care courses here.

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