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Hospice Medical Director Conference

This popular course has grown and evolved into a conference. Choose the content that best serves you. Begin preparations for the new Hospice Medical Director Certification.

Whether you've recently become a hospice medical director, have had this role for years, or are an advance practice nurse or physician assistant in hospice, this course is designed to help you effectively manage the evolving challenges of this work.

Join your peers and national experts to explore and further develop your clinical, regulatory, administrative, and leadership skills needed in hospice today. The conference features breakout sessions, essentials and innovations tracks, panel discussions to address attendee questions, and practical tools for practice. You will find more emphasis on the managing the regulatory challenges confronting hospice programs today.

August 29-31, 2013
JW Marriott Indianapolis
10 S West St
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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Locate the 2013 Hospice Medical Director Conference Evaluation link.
Click Evaluate.
Evaluations must be completed by October 10, 2013.

Registration Rates

Registration Category Early Bird Discount Regular Fee (after July 31)
AAHPM Member $595 $695
Nonmember $695 $795
Optional Features Preorder On site
2013 Course Syllabus Book $25 $35
Premium Seating (limited availability) $150 $175
Course Recordings $125 $150

Registration fee includes:

  • Essentials and innovations tracks that allow you to choose the content that best serves you
  • Access to national leaders in hospice and palliative medicine serving as course faculty and facilitating discussions
  • Interactive, case-based learning sessions
  • Comprehensive syllabus and online access to session handouts
  • Continental breakfast each day

Who Should Attend:

This updated and enhanced course is intended for hospice medical directors at all levels of experience. Hospice nurse practitioners will also benefit from this course.

How You Will Benefit:

  • Gain strategies to achieve success within your interdisciplinary team and organization.
  • Acquire the tools and resources you and your organizations need to face administrative, regulatory, and clinical challenges in your daily practice.
  • Prepare for the Hospice Medical Director Certification (in development by the Hospice Medical Director Certification Board and scheduled to launch in 2014).
  • Earn up to 19.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™


Course Co-Chairs

Jennifer Reidy, MD FAAHPM
Janet H. Bull, MD FAAHPM

Featured Faculty

Ronald J. Crossno, MD FAAFP FAAHPM
Mary Lynn McPherson, PharmD BCPS CPE
JoAnne T. Nowak, MD
Martha L.Twaddle, MD FACP FAAHPM
Vincent (Jay) Vanston, MD FAAHPM
Michelle Weckman, MD


Thursday, August 29- Clinical

Pain Management: Basic and Advanced
Nonpain Symptoms: Dyspnea, Nausea, Constipation, Delirium, Depression, Anxiety
Communication Skills
Essentials: Regulatory Roundtable
Innovations: Challenging Pain and Symptom Cases

Friday, August 30- Regulatory

Palliative Sedation
Medicare Hospice Benefit for the HMD
Recertification: Tough Cases
Regulatory and Compliance Issues for the HMD
Essentials: Working with the Interdisciplinary Team
Innovations: Creating Systems-Based Practice
Essentials: Quality Concepts in Hospice
Innovations:Hospice Partnerships

Saturday, August 31- Leadership

Staying Connected to Stay Compliant
Plenary: State of the Medicare Hospice Benefit,
Judy Lund Person, MPH, NHPCO Vice President, Compliance and Regulatory Leadership
Hospice Finances
Pharmacy Management and Open Access Issues

2013 Conference Schedule

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Read what attendees from the 2011 HMD course had to say:

"Faculty members were excellent and knowledgeable in their respective topics. They also took the time to answer questions."

"Although the course itself was exactly what I needed, I found that networking with my colleagues was almost as valuable!"

"Great course! As a nurse practitioner just getting started in this field, I learned a great deal that will impact my role greatly within the team."