Western Connecticut Health Network is accredited by the Connecticut State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Western Connecticut Health Network designates this live activity for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. An additional 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ available for completion of online modules.
* 2.75 contact hours will be offered for social work
* 8 will be offered for nursing.
WCHN is an Approved Provider of continuing nursing education by the Northeast Multistate Division (NE-MSD), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
- Damanjeet Chaubey, MD, MPH, FACP, SFHM, WCHN Medical Director for Palliative Care and Denial Management
- Karen Mulvihill DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, ACHPN, Director of Palliative Care Services at Danbury Hospital
7:00AM Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00 AM Welcome & Opening Remarks - Creasy Auditorium
Damanjeet Chaubey, MD, MPH, FACP, SFHM, WCHN
8:05 AM Plenary Session
Diane E. Meier, MD, FACP, Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC)
Dr. Diane E. Meier is Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), a national organization devoted to increasing the number and quality of palliative care programs in the United States. Under her leadership the number of palliative care programs in U.S. hospitals has more than tripled in the last 10 years.
9:05 AM Break/transition
9:15 AM Communicating Bad News and Conducting a Family Meeting - Breakout Session
Identify why communication of bad news is an important and generalizable skill. This breakout will cover the 6-step protocol for delivering bad news, demonstrate how to apply protocol to communicate bad news, address issues when language is a barrier and present strategies for communicating prognosis. Tools for conducting productive family meeting will also be reviewed and practiced.
10:45 AM Transition
10:50 AM Legal, Goals of Care and Advance Care Planning and Billing Practices - Creasy Auditorium
This session will focus on tools to help in determining the goals of care with patients and families. Advance care planning conversations and Advance Directive documentation will also be addressed. The team will also review the new coding and billing requirements to get these conversations covered by insurance.
12:15 PM Networking Lunch - Robilotti Conference Room
1:00 PM Whole Patient Assessment - Creasy Auditorium
This breakout will identify 9 key areas of patient assessment. The comprehensive assessment addresses physical, psychological, social, spiritual, practical, end-of-life, or loss/grief issues that are a concern; evaluating the “whole person” and his or her family and the critical steps in the process of providing care including information sharing, decision-making, care planning and delivery.
1:30 PM Pain Management - Creasy Auditorium
Compare and contrast nociceptive and neuropathic pain. Identify the steps of analgesic management. Review equi-analgesic dosing (Identify alternative routes of delivery and demonstrate the ability to convert between opioids while maintaining analgesia). Discuss adjuvants analgesic agents, their adverse effects and management. Address the barriers to pain management.
2:45 PM Break
3:00 PM Symptoms & Syndromes - Creasy Auditorium
Discuss general guidelines for managing non-pain symptoms such as nausea, anorexia/cachexia and breathlessness. Identify principles of intended/unintended consequences and double effect to symptom management. Describe assessment and management of common physical symptoms.
4:15 PM Care of the Dying Patient/Self-Care - Creasy Auditorium
Recognizing the last days/hours of life is critical to appropriate care planning. Describe how to assess and manage physiological changes and symptom management. Discuss how to support the patient, family and caregivers during an expected death. Recognize and manage initial grief reactions.
Be familiar with the stress impacts physicians providing end of life care. Discuss a framework to understand the sources of stress and their loci of expression. Identify appropriate coping strategies to deal with stress.
5:20 PM Closing Comments
5:30 PM Adjournment
Online Modules - Each module equal to 1 CME
Gaps and Element 60 min
Psychosocial Issues 60 min
Palliative Care in Chronic Disease Management 60 min
Ethics, Futility and PAS 60 min
Sudden Illness and Withholding/Withdrawing 60 min
Depression, Anxiety, Delirium 60 min