NHPCO's 15th Clinical Team Conference and Pediatric Intensive (CTC) will celebrate hospice palliative care's 40 year legacy of excellence in providing compassionate care at the end of life. Those who work and volunteer in the field have significantly improved care for those at the end of life and their families. Hospice palliative care's holistic, compassionate, interdisciplinary approach to care at the end of life has moved upstream and is being incorporated into many healthcare arenas; there is much to celebrate.
Yet, there is much to do. We must improve the quality of care that is delivered through the provision of evidence-based practice, ensure integrity and compliance, increase efficiencies, develop partnerships with other healthcare providers to expand the continuum of care and continue advocacy for those at the end of life and their families. This is no time to "rest on our laurels!"
Whether you provide care to patients and families directly through interdisciplinary practice, manage interdisciplinary team staff, lead quality efforts or are responsible for related practices and processes, you need to keep pace with evidence-based practice, adapt and respond to impending changes in the field, work in partnership with your community to meet patient and family needs across the care continuum and ensure that every component of the care and services you provide is excellent. The CTC will help you do just that!
NHPCO's 15th Clinical Team Conference and Pediatric Intensive will offer extensive and intensive basic, intermediate and advanced educational sessions that will address a wide variety of topics. The Conference Planning Committee is particularly interested in receiving proposals for advanced (for the expert) and intermediate (for the proficient) topics that will help participants to realize these objectives:
You are invited to submit a proposal that demonstrates significant work and achievement in meeting one or more of the conference objectives identified above. Although all professional disciplines will be represented in the educational content and interdisciplinary team practice is a key focal area, psychosocial and spiritual topics in particular are being sought. Help ensure that hospice and palliative care professionals have the knowledge, skill and competency to ensure the provision of excellence in care now and into the future.
The 15th Clinical Team Conference and Pediatric Intensive will provide an array of offerings through numerous venues to help individuals and organizations pursue innovation and excellence and to facilitate professional networking and sharing, including:
The status of your proposal will be sent to you in May; your proposal will be accepted, rejected or, in some cases, tentatively accepted (i.e. awaiting an opening in the conference schedule of educational sessions so that it can be accepted/scheduled).
Over 1,200 people are expected to attend the 15th Clinical Team Conference and Pediatric Intensive including all members of the hospice/palliative care team and community stakeholders, administrators, bereavement professionals, counselors, educators, managers, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, physicians, researchers, social workers, spiritual caregivers, team leaders, volunteers , volunteer leaders and managers and others working to promote innovation and excellence.
Preconference and plenary speakers are invited by NHPCO staff. Concurrent and workshop presentations are selected through this Call for Presentation Proposals. Preference is given to those with significant expertise and experience presenting at national, state and community events, and a detailed description of the presenter’s education, qualifications and presentation experience is required. In addition, each faculty member is required to disclose any relevant financial relationships he/she may have with commercial companies (see Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships with Commercial Companies below).
NHPCO seeks proposals from a wide variety of professionals involved in end-of-life care; however preference is given to those who are affiliated with an NHPCO member (if applicable).
The Conference Planning Committee has asked that we stress the importance of completing all requested information for each prospective presenter, which includes educational background, qualifications, professional and presentation experience and disclosure. Conference Planning Committee members review all proposals submitted and their reviews help determine whether a proposal is selected for the conference. Inadequate and/or incomplete information is not viewed favorably by reviewers and directly affects the acceptance of proposals. To ensure your proposal is given serious consideration, provide all requested information in the online submission format and ensure that any co-presenters complete required information before proposals enter the review process (generally within one week of the deadline date for the Call for Proposals).
NHPCO has implemented a process where everyone who is in a position to control the content of an educational activity must disclose all relevant financial relationships they have with any commercial interest. (This includes NHPCO, as we disclose all educational grants we receive for our conferences, for example, to attendees.)
If it is determined that a conflict of interest* exists as a result of a financial relationship faculty has, NHPCO will work with the faculty to resolve the conflict prior to the conference. Any faculty who refuse to disclose relevant financial relationships will be disqualified from presenting at this conference.
Under no circumstances should NHPCO’s national conference be used as a place for promotion of a faculty member’s product, service or monetary self-interest. NHPCO takes the responsibility for ensuring that conferences are free from commercial bias very seriously, and may decline all future proposals from a presenter who does not abide by this policy.
* See below for a glossary of terms.
All presentations made at NHPCO conferences must adhere to ACCME’s content validation value statements. Specifically, all suggestions or recommendations involving clinical medicine and practice must be based upon evidence that is accepted within the medical profession.
In addition, all scientific research referred to, reported or used in a conference session must conform to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection and analysis.
NHPCO faculty is expected to refrain from overt statements, harsh language or pointed humor that disparages the rightful dignity and social equity of any individual or group.
All materials provided in conference sessions must be reviewed by NHPCO prior to the conference. As a result, deadlines for PowerPoint slides and/or handouts are scheduled well in advance of the conference. Materials not submitted to NHPCO for review in advance will not be available to conference attendees until after the conference; generally two weeks later.
To achieve a balanced conference program, NHPCO will determine the days and times that sessions are scheduled. Presenters must be able to speak on the day assigned. NHPCO reserves the right to change the length of any session; faculty will be notified and asked to adjust their content outline accordingly.
Key areas of emphasis have been identified for this conference; you will be asked to select one of the areas of emphasis below when you submit your proposal.
You will be asked to select one of the Areas of Emphasis identified below when submitting your proposal. The list of topic ideas, however, is not exclusive; it is meant to stimulate your thinking. The Conference Planning Committee is particularly interested in proposals that address the conference theme from individual, organizational, community, state, regional or national perspectives.
|Area of Emphasis||Examples of Topic Ideas|
|Access and Outreach||Access to services in rural settings
Caregiver outreach and education
Effective utilization of social media in outreach
Increasing access to eligible patients with specific, non-traditional diagnoses
Innovative approaches to community outreach and education
Innovations in advance care planning
Successes in increasing access to underserved populations
Successes in providing care in diverse settings including care facilities, homeless shelters, prisons, etc.
|Advances in Pain and Symptom Management||Advanced pain and/or symptom management
Case-based presentations highlighting pain and symptom management (specifically geared to physicians, nurse practitioners and nurses)
Innovations in pharmacological and non-pharmacological pain and symptom management
Managing complex cases
Pain management and addiction
Palliative sedation – clinical and ethical implications
Utilization of complementary therapies to address pain
New medical approaches for pain management
|Bereavement||Advanced bereavement concepts and approaches
Advances in providing care to specific populations (families, children, teens)
Community outreach through bereavement services
Distinguishing and treating complicated grief
Evaluating bereavement services/support/ efficacy
Grief/loss and bereavement across the span of care
Measuring client adaptation to significant loss
New risk assessment models and hospice’s role in responding to complicated bereavement
Responding to trauma and disaster
Successes in novel bereavement services to specific populations (i.e. men, teens, children, families, elders, diverse populations, etc.)
Time-limited and ongoing group and individual family counseling approaches
|Care Continuum||ACO collaborations
Adult day programs and collaborations
Chronic care or other models
Collaborative and/or partnership models
Hospital-based palliative care
Palliative care at home
Palliative care clinics
Solutions to gaps in continuity of care
Transitions programs that facilitate discussion re: goals of care (curative to palliative)
|Clinical/Medical Care||Addressing restlessness at the end of life
Advances in clinical and/or medical care at the end of life
Case studies – difficult cases and real-world examples (advanced topics)
Clinical care of the pediatric palliative care/hospice patient
Communication strategies for clinicians
Innovative clinical protocols
Management of Alzheimer’s
Management of dyspnea
Managing the nutrition/GI/GU system
New approaches to disease management
New models of assessment and care planning
Providing quality care during disaster
Integration of complementary therapies into interdisciplinary care
Wound care – advanced approaches
|Education||Creative approaches to mentoring and preceptoring
Developing and utilizing clinical competencies
Educational program models to prepare for and respond to disaster
Effective educational programs for staff in long-term care facilities
Radically new orientation models
Skills development for educators and speakers
Successes in integrating distance/e-learning modalities to train staff, volunteers, family caregivers
Understanding and educating today’s workforce
|Ethics||Approaches to resolving ethical dilemmas
Case-based ethical discussions and resolutions
Creating dynamic and effective ethics committees
Patient autonomy challenges
Review of new/pressing ethical issues
Understanding ethics in end-of-life care for the novice (beginner)
|Interdisciplinary Team||Advanced practice nurses in the IDT
Advancing interdisciplinary function and success
Creating peer accountability on teams
Demonstrated successes in team leadership
Dynamic models for team meetings
Ensuring the provision of patient/family-centered care
Fostering an environment of continuous learning
Interdisciplinary best practices
Interdisciplinary best practices in clinical care
Interdisciplinary care - Intermediate and advanced practice
Interdisciplinary cultural competence – working effectively with diverse patients/families
Interdisciplinary team leadership models and successes
Innovative models of interdisciplinary care at the end of life
Nurse practitioners in the IDT
Leading effective teams
Maximizing team performance
Radically new team structures or service delivery models
Staff morale and stress management strategies
Team function, practice and success during disaster
|Palliative Care||Collaborations and partnerships to expand access and service
Partnerships with adult day care, senior service and other community partners to increase access
Successes in palliative care programs
Successful use of POLST in palliative care settings
|Pediatric Palliative and End-of-Life Care||Creative approaches to caring for pediatric patients and their families/communities
Home-based pediatric care for children and their families
Innovative approaches to working with families coping with a child’s serious illness
Ethical considerations and challenges in pediatric palliative care
New approaches to pediatric palliative care
Pediatric pain and symptom management protocols
Pediatric palliative and end-of-life care for the novice (beginner)
Program design strategies for starting or expanding a pediatric program
Bereavement services for children, teens and families
Psychosocial care of pediatric patients and their families
Residential pediatric palliative care
Spiritual care of pediatric patients and their families
Successes in clinical care protocols for pediatric populations
Trajectories for life-limiting pediatric diseases
Transitioning care for children who survive to adulthood
|Psychosocial Care||Addressing the needs of caregivers
Advocacy success models (community, interdisciplinary, community)
Effective counseling models for end-of-life care
Interdisciplinary models of psychosocial care
Psychosocial care – Intermediate and advanced practice
Psychosocial assessment best practices
Practical tips for caregivers
Systems perspectives in psychosocial care
Trauma and disaster interventions
Working within family systems, beliefs and values to achieve pain and symptom control
|Quality Assessment/Performance Improvement||Demonstrated clinical outcomes in performance improvement
Demonstrated quality and outcomes in clinical practice
Implementing organizational approaches to performance improvement
Innovative models of quality clinical care
Lessons from programs that have survived disasters
Quality assessment and performance improvement for the novice (beginner)
Quality Partner demonstration projects in clinical areas
Quality collaborative successes in clinical services
Quality and performance improvement in facility-based programs
Successes in clinical performance improvement projects
Successes in implementation of organizational change
|Regulatory/Compliance||Advances in clinical documentation
Care plan management
Documenting eligibility in non-cancer diagnoses
Effectively managing and documenting revocations, transfers and discharges
General inpatient care
Meeting and exceeding regulatory requirements – CoPs, CR5567, etc.
Managing Medicare audits and denials
Understanding the Medicare Hospice Benefit and regulatory requirements for the novice (beginner)
|Research||Research related to:
Access and outreach
Advanced pain and symptom management
Hospice and palliative care for dialysis patients
Innovative service delivery
Pediatric palliative and end-of-life care
Putting research into practice
|Spiritual Care||Challenges in spiritual caregiving – case based exploration
Effective spiritual care models for end-of-life care
Engaging community clergy in end-of-life care
Interdisciplinary models of spiritual care
Spiritual care- Intermediate and advanced practice
Spiritual assessment advances
Successes in working with diverse religions, traditions and practices
Systems perspectives in spiritual care
|Volunteer Management and Leadership||Creative approaches to volunteerism in end-of-life care settings
Essential skills for new volunteer managers
From volunteer manager to volunteer leaders and catalysts for organizational change
Increasing the diversity of volunteers
Innovations in recruitment, retention and recognition
Managing challenging volunteers
Quality Assessment/Performance Improvement for volunteer programs
Understanding and complying with the Medicare Hospice Conditions of Participation
Utilizing professional volunteers
Utilizing skills and talents of volunteers
Volunteer competency development and measurement/evaluation
Presentations should demonstrate measurable impact and results. Your emphasis should be on the application of the concept or solution presented using simulations, exercises, and tools that enhance the learning experience. Feedback received from previous conferences indicates that attendees are looking for "real-world" examples of what works and "how-to" suggestions to implement new ideas and programs.
In order to allow an independent evaluation of the relevance and potential effectiveness of the presentation and to afford us the opportunity to apply for continuing education credit for professional disciplines, submissions must include the following:
Presentations should demonstrate measurable impact and results. Your emphasis should be on the application of the concept or solution presented using simulations, exercises, and tools that enhance the learning experience. Feedback received from previous conferences indicates that attendees are looking for “real-world” examples of what works and “how-to” suggestions to implement new ideas and programs.
NHPCO’s proposal review process is conducted by members of the Conference Planning Committee, which ensures a rigorous review of every proposal. This Committee is comprised of hospice and palliative care professionals from NHPCO’s Professional Education Committee, National Council of Hospice and Palliative Professionals (NCHPP), Council of States, NHPCO committees and other hospice palliative care professionals with demonstrated successes and/or knowledge of the hospice interdisciplinary team, clinical, psychosocial, spiritual and bereavement aspects of care and quality/regulatory issues.
Proposals are reviewed carefully based on the following criteria:
The Conference Planning Committee encourages proposals from companies and organizations representing diverse points of view. Proposals are selected on the basis of information submitted. Speakers, session titles, and content are expected to correspond to the proposal. Any speaker substitutions, deletions, or additions must be approved by NHPCO. NHPCO reserves the right to edit accepted presentations for publication on NHPCO’s website and in conference materials.
All materials provided in conference sessions must be reviewed by NHPCO prior to the conference. As a result, deadlines for session handouts and slides are scheduled well in advance of the conference. Materials not submitted to NHPCO for review in advance may not be shown or provided in conference sessions.
Should you be selected to speak at this NHPCO conference, we ask that you view the opportunity as an important commitment and ensure that you meet all requests and deadlines, and that you deliver the presentation as scheduled. By sharing your expertise, you make a valuable contribution to the end-of-life care field.
All potential presenters who submit a proposal will receive e-mail notification of their proposal’s status. Once the selection of proposals is complete, a Letter of Understanding (LOU) and other faculty information will be provided to presenters. An electronic message will be sent to all presenters whose proposals were accepted with a link to the Conference Faculty website. This website will include all deadlines and required information needed for the conference. The majority of communication with faculty is electronic.
As a nonprofit association, NHPCO does not provide honoraria for concurrent session presentations. Speakers must cover all of their individual travel and living expenses. Presenters and co-presenters attending the full conference receive a discount on the conference registration fee. NHPCO does not reimburse presenters or co-presenters for travel, lodging or other expenses.
NHPCO provides laptop computers and standard audio-visual equipment for all presentations. Additional information will be provided on the Faculty website.
Financial relationships are those relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit. Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received, or expected. ACCME considers relationships of the person involved in the CME activity to include financial relationships of a spouse or partner.
ACCME focuses on financial relationships with commercial interests in the 12-month period preceding the time that the individual is being asked to assume a role controlling content of the CME activity. ACCME has not set a minimal dollar amount for relationships to be significant. Inherent in any amount is the incentive to maintain or increase the value of the relationship. The ACCME defines “’relevant’ financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest.
Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect CME content about products or services of a commercial interest with which he/she has a financial relationship.
For help in submitting an abstract online, email Tech Support.
For more information on our Call for Proposals process or to be notified when future Call for Proposals open, contact Wanda Allen at email@example.com or 703-647-5178.