8:30 am
Aziz Ansari
Aziz Ansari, DO, SFHM, FACP
Associate Chief Medical Officer, Clinical Optimization and Revenue Integrity; Associate Director, Division of Hospital Medicine; Medical Director, Observation Unit, Associate Professor of Medicine
Loyola University Medical Center

Stacie Levine
Stacie Levine, MD
Professor of Medicine, Chief, Section of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
UChicago Medicine

8:45 am

Early palliative care improves patient quality of life, clinical outcomes, and leads to lower costs. This session showcases the benefits of early palliative intervention in serious illness as a basis for improving health care delivery.

Aziz Ansari
Aziz Ansari, DO, SFHM, FACP
Associate Chief Medical Officer, Clinical Optimization and Revenue Integrity; Associate Director, Division of Hospital Medicine; Medical Director, Observation Unit, Associate Professor of Medicine
Loyola University Medical Center

9:35 am

Building upon the first session on the benefits of early palliative care, this session focuses on palliative interventions for four chronic disease states: advanced heart failure, end stage lung disease, late-stage kidney disease, and advanced dementia, all of which are difficult to prognosticate and often do not receive palliative care services in a timely manner.

Aziz Ansari
Aziz Ansari, DO, SFHM, FACP
Associate Chief Medical Officer, Clinical Optimization and Revenue Integrity; Associate Director, Division of Hospital Medicine; Medical Director, Observation Unit, Associate Professor of Medicine
Loyola University Medical Center

10:55 am

As we move from fee-for-service toward pay-for-performance and risk contracts, palliative care has the opportunity to play an integral role in the success of value-based care. This session will improve the understanding of how palliative care can set standards for positive outcomes in value-based care.

Sarah E. Hetue Hill
Sarah E. Hetue Hill, PhD
Chief Mission Integration Officer & Vice President, Palliative Care
Ascension Medical Group

11:45 am

While telehealth can increase access to palliative care, billing and compliance challenges can create a reimbursement barrier, while provider hesitancy to embrace this innovation can further limit its success. This session will determine the resources necessary to create a successful telehealth model and explore its impact on palliative care.

Heather M. Grant
Heather M. Grant, MD, FACP
New York Medical Director
OptumCare Supportive Care (ProHealth)

12:35 pm
1:35 pm

Caring for patients with serious illness can be emotionally challenging and may increase the risk of burnout. This negatively affects patient care and retention of health care professionals. This interactive workshop will share coaching tools for enhancing resilency and strengthening patient-provider relationships.

Christie Masters
Christie Masters, MD, MBA, MHA, BCC, SFHM
Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Masters Wellness Coaching
Assistant Clinical Professor, University of California, Los Angeles

3:20 pm

Timing and setting are critical to ensuring that palliative care successfully bridges the transition to hospice and other palliative care services beyond the hospital. This session will discuss how to target services to align with patient goals, and connect with appropriate community-based organizations to fully integrate care in a holistic manner.

Amjad Riar
Amjad Riar, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, HMDC, CPE
Post-Acute Care Executive;
Former National Medical Director, Post-Acute Care
Optum

4:10 pm

It is often difficult to obtain hospice benefits because of the need for a terminal condition, or families may shy away from the term or still want treatments outside of conventional hospice norms. This session will discuss hospice guidelines and explore Medicare’s pilot program of “open hospice” where patients can receive the benefits of hospice while pursuing disease-modifying medical treatments.

Joseph W. Shega
Joseph W. Shega, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Senior Vice President, VITAS Healthcare
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Central Florida