2015 Annual Conference
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ira Byock
Dr. Ira Byock is a leading palliative care physician, author, and public advocate for improving care through the end of life.
Dr. Byock is Professor of Medicine and Community & Family Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He served as Director of Palliative Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire from 2003 through July 2013.
He has been involved in hospice and palliative care since 1978, during his residency. At that time he helped found a hospice home care program for the indigent population served by the university hospital and county clinics of Fresno, California. He is a Past President (1997) of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. During the 1990s he was a co-founder and principal investigator for the Missoula Demonstration Project, a community-based organization in Montana dedicated to the research and transformation of end-of-life experience locally, as a demonstration of what is possible nationally. From 1996 through 2006, he served as Director for Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care, a national grant program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Featured Speaker: Judi Lund Person
Judi Lund Person, BA, MPH is the Vice President of Compliance and Regulatory Leadership for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) where she serves as a key contact with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Judi helps ensure that NHPCO’s voice is heard with policymakers. She frequently interfaces with federal administrators of hospice payment policy, Part D, survey and certification, contractor management, and program integrity functions. She also represents hospice and palliative care with other federal agencies and many national organizations.
Judi led the organization through the release and implementation of the Medicare Hospice Conditions of Participation in 2008. Each year since she has developed updated tools for hospice providers, including guides to hospice payment rates and wage index values. Most recently, she was a key contact with CMS Part D as new guidance was published concerning Part D and hospice. She works daily with hospice providers and state hospice organizations on the ever-increasing array of regulatory and compliance issues and translates complex regulatory language into actionable “plain English” for hospice providers. She is a frequent speaker at hospice meetings throughout the country. Prior to joining the team at NHPCO, she served for 22 years as the President and CEO of The Carolinas Center for Hospice and End of Life Care, where she provided support and resources for hospice providers and end of life care coalitions in the Carolinas, and was an early advocate for the passage of the Medicare Hospice Benefit in Congress.
- Hospice, palliative and end-of-life care;
- Relationships with other health care agencies;
- Regulatory and legal issues;
- Promotion of hospice and end-of-life care;
- Management and leadership issues;
- Peer networking;
- And more!
Please visit the exhibitor webpage for exhibit and sponsor opportunities.
You may make your reservations until October 16, 2015 as long as rooms remain available.