2020 Conference Program

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Pre-Conference: Florence Schorske Wald Lectureship: Sunday, April 5th 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM



Reimagining How We Die: New Innovations in End-of-Life Care Janet Booth


Keynote: Monday, April 6, 2020, 8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Keynote Ballroom Irreducible BJ Miller, MD

Breakout Session 1: Monday, April 6th, 10:45 AM-12:00 PM


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Regulatory Hot Topics

Judi Lund Person, MPH, CHC


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Palliative Care for Patients with Dementia

Vic Sandler, MD


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The Art and Science to Deprescription at the End-of-Life

Cari Low, MD


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What is Medical about Medical Aid in Dying? Assessing the Minnesota End of Life Options Act.

Thaddeus Pope, JD, PhD;
Joan Liaschenko, PhD, RN HEC-C, FAAN;
Jacob Strand, MD



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Pacemaker Deactivation by Request

Jennifer Kuyava, MD;
Katy Hentges, NP


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Culturally Sensitive Clinical Ethics Approach for Muslim patients During End-of-Life Conversations

Sirin Yilmaz, MA;
Kris Catrine, MD, FAAP
Siman Nuurali


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GREAT Grief: Grieving the State of the World

Ted Bowman, MDiv


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Partnering for the Good of the Patient: Death Doulas and Hospice Working Together

Christy Marek


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Palliative Medicine & Music Therapy: An Innovative Partnership to Support Complex Patient Needs

Christina Wood, MA, MT-BC;
Rachel Wiste, MSN, APRN, CNP, ACHPN;
Rachel Gentes, MSN, APRN, CNP, ACHPN


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Session Cancelled



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Advancing Palliative Care to Drive Better Patient Outcomes and Manage Costs

Arif Kamal, MD


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Hot of the Press: A Review of the Past Year's Top Articles in Hospice and Palliative Care

Terrence Maag, MD
Miguel Ruiz, MD



Breakout Session 2: Monday, April 6th, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM


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De-Mystifying Palliative Care Certification: The Who, What Why, Where, and How

Lisa Goodlow


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Medical Aid in Dying in Oregon: Practical Considerations for Hospice Providers

Barbara Hansen, MA, RN



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Terminal Agitation: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Promoting Patient Comfort at End-of-Life

Angela Salevouris, RN;
Julia Lopez-Kaley, MA, MT-BC



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Supporting those with Dementia: Providing Care and Comfort at the End-of-Life

Diane Solheid, MS, MA



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"It's Not Time Yet": Creating Consultation Triggers for Proactive Ethics and Palliative Care in the ICU

Kimberly Goodman, MDiv, BCC, HEC-C;
Joan Henriksen, RN, PhD, HEC-C; 
Leslie Macho, APRN



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African American Patients and End-of-Life Care: An Ongoing Conversation on Cultural Competency and Humility

Shuji Moriichi, BCC, (APC);
Jerome Brown, LGSW



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Helping Children through Grief and Anticipatory Loss

Jenny Simmonds, MEd, TF-CBT



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Sustainability Strategies for Rural Community-Based Palliative Care

Karla Weng, MPH, CPHQ
Jennifer Peterson, MSW;
Mari Perrenoud, BSN, MSA



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Self-Compassion: the Heart of Whole-Person Health

Jacquelyn Fletcher



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Pediatrics Workshop for Adult Hospices

Kris Catrine, MD, FAAP, HMDC;
Mike McLoone, RN



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A Final Act of Care for Patients and Professionals

Sally Almond;
Maria Schaff



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Using Service Design to Create a Patient-Centered Supportive Care Service

Bennet Clark, MD;
Molly Fuller



Breakout Session 3: Monday, April 6th, 2:45 PM- 3:45 PM


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Surviving or Thriving: A P.E.P. Talk for Stronger Teams and Effective Operations

Judy Connelly, RN, MSN, SPHR



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Ethical Considerations when Discussing Serious News

Amy Greminger, MD



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Pain and Symptom Management for the Whole Interdisciplinary Team

Julie Mayers Benson, MD



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"In the Best Interest of the Patient...": An Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Team Approach for Supporting Surrogate Decision-Making in the ICU Setting

Florence Wright, MSW, LICSW;
Sharon Chung, MSW, LICSW, AHPSW-C



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How to Respond to the Target Probe and Educate

Kimberly Olson, RN, PHN, CHPN, CHC;
Ashley Arnold



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Cultural Competency and Humility--A Prep Course to Palliative and Hospice Professionals

Shuji Moriichi, BCC, APC



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Integrative Therapies in Pediatric Palliative and Hospice Care: It's Magical

Kathryn Koehne, DNP, RN-BC
Nicole Leand, MSN, APRN, WHCNP;
Tuesday Rumley, BSN, RSCN



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Engaging Community-Based Palliative Care Teams in Rural Minnesota

Kathie Nichols, BSN, RN, CRRN;
Lyn Ceronsky, DNP



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Memory Making and Legacy Opportunities for Hospice Patients and their Families

Amy Stepflug, CTRS, CDP
Bethany McNamara, LGSW, MSW



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Hospice Care for the Homeless: Case Studies in Intra Agency Collaboration Our Lady of Peace Hospice and Catholic Charities

Kelly Pietrzak, BSW;
Janie Sydor, RN, CHPN



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Tough Transitions: Optimizing Care for Young Adults through Pediatric to Adult Hospice and Palliative Care Transitions

Trisha K. Paul, MD;
Tori Bahr, MD;
Jody Chrastek,DNP



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Palliative Care and Hospice Care in Patients with End Stage Renal Disease

Vic Sandler, MD



Closing Plenary: Monday, April 6th, 4:00 PM-5:00 PM

Closing Plenary Ballroom   Hippocrates Cafe  


Matters of Death and Life Conversation: Monday, April 6th, 6:30 PM- 8:30 PM

Evening Event Ballroom What Matters Most at the End of Life? BJ Miller, MD;
Sunita Puri, MD;
Cathy Wurzer



Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Keynote: Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Keynote Ballroom The Accidental Linguist: Reclaiming Language to Empower Patients in Hospice and Palliative Medicine


Sunita Puri, MD


Breakout Session 4: Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 10:45 AM-12:00 PM

4A Room TBA Documentation Essentials Lores Vlaminck, MA, BSN, RN
4B Room TBA Decision-Making with Dementia: Capacity, Choice, & Advocacy Valerie J.Richards, MBA  
4C Room TBA Three Cases Evaluating Both Difficult Symptom Management in Complex Patients and the Importance of the Interdisciplinary Team in Providing Culturally Appropriate Care Allyson Stevenson-King, DO;
David Fosselman, MD;
Matthew Eggebrecht, MD
4D Room TBA POLST, It's More than and Order and a Form Nancy Joyner, MS, CNS-BC, APRN, ACHPN;
Vic Sandler, MD
4E Room TBA Capacity with Confused Adults--Ethical Considerations in Practice Leigh Hartenberg, MSW, LICSW, LCSW;
Michael Finch, APRN, NP, ACHPN
4F Room TBA We Die as We Live: The Intersectionality of Death Zac Willette, MDiv, BCC;
Rev. Cathy Chang, MDiv;
Katie Savin, PhD(c), MSW, ASW;
Rev. Tim Waithaka
4G Room TBA A Different Kind of Grief: The Client Grief Process from an Overdose or Substance Use-Related Death Gloria Englund, MA  
4H Room TBA Then and Now: The Evolution of End-of-Life Spiritual Assessments Edward Holland, MDiv, BA, BCC (ret), MFT (ret);
Paul Galchutt, BCC
4I Room TBA Collaborating with Music Therapy to Enhance Patient Care Erin Fox, MMT, MA, MT-BC;
Megan Druckrey, MT-BC;
Jessica De Villers, MA, MT-BC
4J Room TBA "Conversations with Coordinators" (& Volunteers, Too!) Deb Van Buren, BA, CVL;
Theresa Redmond, BA
4K Room TBA Hospice Heart Failure Care in the Home: HFpEF;  HFrEF and Heart Failure Devices Chris Downey, MD
4L Room TBA Financial Toxicity: The Hidden Side Effect of Cancer Jennifer Kuyava, MD;
Lindy Yokanovich, JD


Breakout Session 5: Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM

5A Room TBA Does Your State Make the Grade? A Deep Dive Into the 2019 State-by State Palliative Care Report Card Stacie Sinclair, MPP, CSW  
5B Room TBA Understanding Medicare Hospice Medical Review Audits and Top Denials Corinne Ball, RN, CPC, CAC  
5C Room TBA LVAD Deactivation in the Home: Is Your Team Ready? Emily Black, APRN, CNP
5D Room TBA Building Resiliency and Preventing Burnout in Palliative Care Professionals  Sara Osborne, RN, BSN
5E Room TBA Hunting for Help: Can Psychosis be Terminal and is Palliative Sedation and Option? Caroline White, MSW, LICSW;
Samuel Maiser, MD;
Callie Schnitker, MD
5F Room TBA End-of-Life Care in the Jewish Tradition Lynn Liberman, Ordained Rabbi, BCC  
5G Room TBA The Impact of Sibling Loss on Surviving Children Amy Funk, PhD, RN-BC  
5H Room TBA Spiritual Care in Hospice: More than Prayer Carol Shaffer, BCC;

5I Room TBA "Could I Get Through it?" Helping Caregivers to Increase their Confidence when Caring for a Dying Family Member at Home Jacek Soroka, PhD, BCC, BSN;
Tina Thomas, BSN
5J Room TBA Rural Palliative Care: Meeting People Where They Are Nancy Joyner, MS, CNS-BC, APRN, ACHPN;
Janelle Shearer, RN, MA, CPHQ;
Lisa Iverson, RN, CDE
5K Room TBA Building Strong Music Therapy Programs: Innovation, Creativity, & Research to Support Patients and Families through Music Christine Wood, MA, MT-BC  
5L Room TBA Leading Through Change Trisha Curioz, MSW, LISW, MHA  


Breakout Session 6: Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 2:45 PM-3:45 PM

6A Room TBA Best Practices in Messaging Palliative Care Stacie Sinclair, MPP, CSW  
6B Room TBA Building an Effective and Functional Interdisciplinary Team Laura Odegard, MSW, LISW;
Gregory Gilbert, MDiv, MA
6C Room TBA  TBD  TBD  
6D Room TBA The (Un)Surprising Way to Prevent Family Conflict and Provider Moral Distress Anne Archbold, LISW; 
Zac Willette, MDiv, BCC
 6E Room TBA Partnering with Parents as they Face a Devastating Diagnosis During their Pregnancy Kasy Omann, DNP, APRN, FNB-BC;
Susan Putzke, MDiv
6F Room TBA LGBT Older Adults: What do We Want at the End of Life? Marsha Berry, MA, CAEd  
6G Room TBA Ageism: Wow! Who Knew? Dee Dee Haines, MDim, MDiv
6H Room TBA Approaching Life's End with Grace and Hope: The Bittersweet Paradox of Life and Death Rev. Dr. Zach O'Neel, DMin, MDiv, MOL, MATS, BCC  
6I Room TBA Overcoming the Fear of Death Sheila Duddy, RN, MEd
6J Room TBA Improvisation in Pediatric Palliative Care: Using Music as a Metaphor

Ted Bowman, MDiv;
Dannell Shu;
Hilary Fedenberg, MA, MT-BC;
Allison Miller, RN

6K Room TBA Concurrent Care Hospice: Tales from the Minneapolis VA

Jordan Keen, MD;
Melissa Gloege, RN

6L Room TBA  Grief Support in Diverse Settings Heidi Smith, MA, LPC, FT;
Tim Haskamp, LICSW;
Michelle Coyle, RN, BS, GC-C

Closing Plenary: Tuesday, April 7th, 4:00 PM-5:00 PM

Closing Plenary Ballroom Not Jut a Sad Story  Nora McInerny