NHPCO's 14th Clinical Team Conference and Pediatric Intensive: Innovation and Excellence
Sheraton Kansas City/Westin at Crown Center Hotels, Kansas City, Missouri
September 24 – 25, 2013: Hospice Manager Development Program Foundational Course and
Pediatric Palliative Care Training
September 25, 2013: Preconference Seminars
September 26 – 28, 2013: Clinical Team Conference and Pediatric Intensive
Presentation Proposal Deadline: Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 11:59 pm ET
"There's a way to do it better - find it."
To Mr. Edison's words, we would add: create it, develop it, practice it, measure it, expand it, claim it, partner with it, share it, advance it! The theme for NHPCO's 14th Clinical Team Conference and Pediatric Intensive underscores a drive for the hospice and palliative care field to innovate and pursue excellence in all endeavors. The conference will explore care continuum, interdisciplinary, team, medical, clinical, psychosocial, spiritual, bereavement and team innovation and excellence – in all their myriad facets, ideas, forms and outcomes.
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.
NHPCO's 2013 Clinical Team Conference and Pediatric Intensive will offer extensive and intensive basic (for the novice), intermediate (for the proficient) and advanced (for the expert) educational sessions that will address a wide variety of topics, providing the opportunity for participants to realize these objectives:
Join colleagues from across the country that are committed to innovation and excellence by submitting a proposal that demonstrates significant work and achievement in meeting one or more of the conference objectives identified above. The Conference Planning Committee is particularly interested in receiving proposals for advanced (for the expert) topics. 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 quality care now and into the future.
The 2013 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:
Over 1,400 people are expected to attend the 14th 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 they 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).
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 relevant 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 any faculty that 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.
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 a partial list meant to stimulate your thinking. The Conference Planning Committee is particularly interested in proposals that address the conference theme and objectives from individual, organizational, community, state, regional or national perspectives.
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||Successes in increasing access to underserved populations
Successes in providing care in diverse settings including care facilities, homeless shelters, prisons, etc.
Increasing access to eligible patients with specific, non-traditional diagnoses
Innovative outreach strategies
Innovative approaches to community outreach and education
Innovations in advance care planning
Caregiver outreach and education
Effective utilization of social media in outreach
Access to services in rural settings
|Advance in Pain and Symptom Management||Advanced pain management
Advanced symptom management
Case studies in pain and symptom management (specifically geared to physicians, nurse practitioners and nurses)
Innovations in pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions
Managing complex cases
Pain management and addiction
Utilizing palliative sedation – clinical and ethical implications
Utilization of complementary therapies to address pain
Utilization of new medical approaches for pain management
|Bereavement||Grief/loss and bereavement across the span of care
Advanced and/or in-depth bereavement concepts and approaches
Time-limited and ongoing group approaches individual and family counseling approaches
Successes in novel bereavement services to specific populations (i.e. men, teens, children, families, elders, diverse populations, etc.)
Evaluating bereavement services/support efficacy
Measuring client adaptation to significant loss
Distinguishing complicated grief
Community outreach through bereavement services
Responding to trauma and disaster
Advances in providing care to specific populations (families, children, teens)
New risk assessment models and hospice’s role in responding to complicated bereavement
|Care Continuum Innovations||Chronic care or other models
Collaborative and/or partnership models
Hospital-based palliative care
Adult day programs and collaborations
Palliative care at home
Palliative care clinic
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
Providing quality care during disasters
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
Professional integration of complementary therapies into interdisciplinary care
|Education||Radically new orientation models
Successes in integrating distance/e-learning modalities to train staff, volunteers, family caregivers
Creative approaches to mentoring and preceptoring
Developing and utilizing clinical competencies
Skills development for educators and speakers
Effective educational programs for staff in long-term care facilities
Educational program models to prepare for and respond to disaster
Understanding and educating today’s workforce
|Ethics||Understanding ethics in end-of-life care for the novice (beginner)
Creating dynamic and effective ethics committees
Approaches to resolving ethical dilemmas
Review of new/pressing ethical issues
Case-based ethical discussions and resolutions
Patient autonomy challenges
|Interdisciplinary Team||Creating peer accountability on teams
Demonstrated successes in team leadership
Fostering an environment of continuous learning
Interdisciplinary best practices
Interdisciplinary team leadership models and successes
Maximizing team performance
Ensuring the provision of patient/family-centered care
Interdisciplinary care basics and practice for the novice (beginner)
Interdisciplinary best practices in clinical care
Advancing interdisciplinary function and success
Innovative models of interdisciplinary care at the end of life
Dynamic models for team meetings
Radically new team structures or service delivery models
Team function, practice and success during disaster
Leading effective teams
Staff morale and stress management strategies
Interdisciplinary cultural competence – working effectively with diverse patients/families
|Palliative Care Continuum||Successes in palliative care programs
Partnerships with adult day care, senior service and other community partners to increase access
Collaborations and partnerships to expand access and service
Successful use of POLST in palliative care settings
|Pediatric Palliative and End-of-Life Care||Pediatric palliative and end-of-life care for the novice (beginner)
Successes in clinical care protocols for pediatric populations
Pediatric pain and symptom management protocols
Trajectories for life-limiting pediatric diseases
Innovations in working with families coping with a child’s serious illness
New approaches to pediatric palliative care
Creative approaches to working with pediatric patients and families
Psychosocial care of pediatric patients and their families
Creative approaches to caring for pediatric patients and their families/communities
Program design strategies for starting or expanding a pediatric program
Providing bereavement services to children, teens and families
Spiritual care of pediatric patients and their families
Residential pediatric palliative care
Transitioning care for children who survive to adulthood
Ethical considerations and challenges in pediatric palliative care
|Psychosocial Care||Psychosocial care basics and practices for the novice (beginner)
Psychosocial assessment best practices
Effective counseling models for end-of-life care
Addressing the needs of caregivers
Practical tips for caregivers
Systems perspectives in psychosocial care
Advocacy success models (community, interdisciplinary, community)
Interdisciplinary models of psychosocial care
Trauma and disaster interventions
Working within family systems, beliefs and values to achieve pain and symptom control
|Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement||Quality assessment and performance improvement for the novice (beginner)
Demonstrated quality and outcomes in clinical practice
Quality Partner demonstration projects in clinical areas
Quality collaborative successes in clinical services
Innovative models of quality clinical care
Quality and performance improvement in facility-based programs
Successes in clinical performance improvement projects
Implementing organizational approaches to performance improvement
Demonstrated clinical outcomes in performance improvement
Lessons from programs that have survived disasters
Successes in implementation of organizational change
|Regulatory/Compliance||Understanding the Medicare Hospice Benefit and regulatory requirements for the novice (beginner)
Advances in clinical documentation
Documenting eligibility in non-cancer diagnoses
Meeting and exceeding regulatory requirements – CoPs, CR5567, etc.
Care plan management
Managing Medicare audits and denials
Effectively managing and documenting revocations, transfers and discharges
General inpatient care
|Research (research presentations are solicited for all conference topics)||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||Spiritual care basics and practices for the novice (beginner)
Spiritual assessment advances
Effective spiritual care models for end-of-life care
Systems perspectives in spiritual care
Interdisciplinary models of spiritual care
Successes in working with diverse religions, traditions and practices
Engaging community clergy in end-of-life care
|Volunteer Management and Leadership||Utilizing skills and talents of volunteers
Increasing the diversity of volunteers
Innovations in recruitment, retention and recognition
Managing challenging volunteers
Utilizing professional volunteers
Essential skills for new volunteer managers
Creative approaches to volunteerism in end-of-life care settings
From volunteer manager to volunteer leaders and catalysts for organizational change
Volunteer competency development and measurement/evaluation
Quality Assessment/Performance Improvement for volunteer programs
Understanding and complying with the Medicare Hospice Conditions of Participation
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.
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'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 education, hospice and palliative care professionals with demonstrated successes the hospice interdisciplinary team, clinical, psychosocial, spiritual and bereavement aspects of care and quality criteria.
Proposals are reviewed carefully based on the following criteria:
The Conference Planning Committee encourages proposals from different companies and organizations representing diverse points of view. Proposals are selected on the basis of information submitted. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed. Faculty names, session titles, and content are expected to correspond to the proposal. Any faculty 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.
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).
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; the cost is $375 per faculty attendee. 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 proceeding 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.
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