Spotlight (or Focus) Areas:
NHPCO's 2017 Interdisciplinary Conference will offer extensive and intensive intermediate and advanced educational sessions that will address these specific topic areas:
A robust educational program is being developed to help providers and professionals realize these learning objectives:
Professionals in the hospice and palliative care field and related stakeholders, in the following disciplines: advanced nurse practitioner, bereavement, palliative care, physician, nurse, quality, regulatory and compliance, social work and spiritual care.
The Conference Planning Committee stresses the importance of completing all requested information for each prospective presenter, which includes educational background, qualifications, professional and presentation experience and financial disclosure. Conference Planning Committee members review all proposals 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). In addition, make sure your proposal fits with the Spotlight Areas for this conference (see above) and that the content is at an intermediate to advanced level (novice/beginner level presentations will not be accepted for this conference).
You are invited to submit a proposal that demonstrates significant work and achievement in meeting one or more of the conference objectives identified above. All proposals must be focused on intermediate to advanced learning levels as determined by NHPCO's Conference Planning Committee.
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 participants 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 Palliative Professionals (NCHPP), Council of States, NHPCO committees and other hospice and palliative care professionals with demonstrated successes and/or knowledge of spotlight areas for this conference.
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. Faculty, 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.
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.
Preconference and plenary faculty is invited by NHPCO staff. Concurrent session presentations are selected through this Call for Presentation Proposals. Preference is given to those with significant expertise and experience presenting at national, state and regional events; a detailed description of faculty 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).
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).
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 to participants all educational grants we receive for our conferences.) 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. In the event a conflict cannot be resolved or any faculty refuses to disclose relevant financial relationships, faculty 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 faculty who does not abide by this policy.
*See below for a glossary of terms.
All presentations made at NHPCO conferences must adhere to 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. Faculty 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.
As a nonprofit association, NHPCO does not provide honoraria for concurrent session faculty. Faculty must cover all of their individual travel and living expenses. All faculty attending the full conference receive a discount on the conference registration fee. NHPCO does not reimburse faculty 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.
A 'commercial interest' is any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients with the exemption of non-profit or government organizations, non-health care related companies, health insurance providers, for-profit hospitals, rehabilitation centers and nursing homes.
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. NHPCO considers relationships of the person involved in the CME activity to include financial relationships of a spouse or partner.
NHPCO 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. There is not a set minimal dollar amount for relationships to be significant. Inherent in any amount is the incentive to maintain or increase the value of the relationship. "'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 more information about the process or to be added to the Call for Presentation Proposals e-mail list, contact NHPCO Professional Education at 703-647-5178 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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