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  • Strengthen executive leadership and management skills
  • Identify regulatory and quality requirements/changes that impact hospice and palliative care 
  • Identify ways to provide better palliative and end-of-life care
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Participants attending this conference will be able to:

Interesting Times Require Creative Solutions. 

As in previous years, our Education Committee has put together another impressive lineup of experts - both local and national - to help us think through better ways to provide end of life care for our patients and families in this part of the country.  Who would have thought at the beginning of 2020 that hospice professionals would be practicing isolation, social distancing, and wearing masks in the presence of their own families, as well as with their patients?  In these unprecedented times, hospice practitioners across Mississippi and Louisiana will meet virtually this year to examine the current end of life topics, in search of new solutions to pressing hospice issues.  This year’s Conference attendees will earn up to 11 hours of continuing education July 29-31, 2020 from the comfort of their home or office, choosing from among 36 live sessions that will run either 60 or 90 minutes. 

Although we may not be able to network over drinks or dinner in 2020, our 20/20 Vision will provide new insights about how we care for one another in this pandemic world.  This year’s conference will even feature a cool and exciting Virtual Exhibit Hall where you will be able to network with vendors and learn about new products that will allow you to better serve your patients and families.  We encourage you to visit with each and every Exhibitor, knowing we will track your journey and punch your conference BINGO card towards our Conference Grand Prize drawing: a FREE Registration to our 2021 Conference!  Have no fear of participating in this year’s virtual conference, the experts at TPN.health will also be here to assist you along the way.  If you encounter a technical problem during the Conference, they will be there to help you find a solution and make sure your educational experience is not hampered by computer glitches.  So open your laptop or sit in front of your desktop July 29-31, 2020 and see with 20/20 VISION:  The Future is NOW!  

How to Register

To register for the LMHPCO Conference, you will need to complete the following steps:

1. Click the "Register" button to be directed to the ticket selection page. 

2. Select "Full Virtual Pass", or select the day(s) you would like to attend. Add to cart. 

3. Continue through the checkout process and enter your payment information etc. 

4. You MUST have a TPN.Health profile to attend this event. You will be directed to sign up or sign in to TPN.Health in order to complete the checkout process and confirm your purchase. Once you have signed up or signed in to TPN.Health, you will be redirected back to your checkout page to complete the process.  You MUST use the email address associated with your TPN.Health profile at checkout. This is important for tracking purposes. 

5. You will receive a confirmation email for your purchase, and your access link will be sent one week, one day, and one hour prior to the start of the conference. Please contact info@tpn.health if you have any questions!.


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“Substance Use Disorders/Addiction: What’s Up?"

Presented By Dr. Podesta

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm 

We are a professional network specifically designed for licensed clinicians and vetted treatment providers to confidently navigate client behavioral health. We offer local community with a national reach to providers who meet the highest code of clinical services, ethics, and professional standards.

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LA Department of Health - Office Behavioral Health
The Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) manages and delivers the services and supports necessary to improve the quality of life for citizens with mental illness and addictive disorders.
LA Department of Health - Office Behavioral Health
The Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) manages and delivers the services and supports necessary to improve the quality of life for citizens with mental illness and addictive disorders.


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July 2020

About the Conference 

About the Conference

July 29-31, 2020 

 LMHPCO 2020 Conference 

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Gerald D. Shulman, M.A., M.A.C., FACATA

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Joseph M. Kanter, MD, MPH

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 José Calderón-Abbo, M.D

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Arwen Podesta, MD, ABPN, FASAM, ABIHM

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1:00 pm - 2:30 pm 

“Opioid Use & Abuse in the Context of a Legal Drug Cultures” 

Presented By Dr. Schulman

12:15 pm - 12:55


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At-A-Glance Agenda

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open

12:00 pm - 12:15 pm 

Welcome & Introduction to LMHPCO 2020 Virtual Leadership Conference 

Tiwana O’Rear - LMHPCO Board President

Jamey Boudreaux, MSW, M.Div. - LMHPCO Executive Director

Nancy Dunn, RN, MS, CT - LMHPCO - Education Director 

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

2 pm – 3 pm A Concurrent Sessions

A1 - Where’s the Line? Professional Boundaries in Hospice Care?

Maria LaHaye Menard, LCSW, ACHP, SW 

A2- Closing the Loop between Hospice Assessment and the Plan of Care

Kathryn McEwen, MS, RN, CHPN, CPHQ

A3 - Palliative Care Provider Use of Shared Decision-Making in Advanced Lung Disease

Maureen George Ph.D., RN, AW-C, FAAN

12:15 pm - 1:45 pm Keynote

 “Hospice Regulatory & Quality Update”

Jennifer Kennedy. EdD, MA, BSN, RN, CHC 


AgendaAt-A-Glance Agenda

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm F Concurrent Sessions 

F1 - Communication - ELNEC

Lisa Sigsworth, RN, CHPN, ELNEC Trainer, Cht, CHIPresidentCornerstone Paradigm, LLC

F2 - Pain Management

Mark Kantrow, MD, FAAHPM Medical Director, Palliative Care Program, Our Lady of The Lake, Regional Medical Center Medical Director, Hospice in His Care Medical Director of Education and Quality, St. Joseph Hospice

F3 - Mastering Time

Hildie Dunn, MA, BA - Expert Coach, Handel Group

Angie Robertson, Esq. - Senior Coach, Handel Group

F4 - Ensure Today’s Documentation Will Stand Up To Tomorrow’s Audit

Judy Morris, RN, BSN RN - Nursing Consultant 5 Star Consultants

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm B Concurrent Sessions

B1 - VA Inpatient Hospice Care: What You Need to Know

Rebecca Burke, MD - Palliative Medicine Physician, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care Systems

Robin B. Rome MSN, FNP-C, ACHPN - Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner, VA New Orleans

Malaika D. Amedee, LCSW - Palliative Care Coordinator, SE Louisiana Veterans Health Care Systems

B2 -  There is Nothing Artificial about Artificial Intelligence Improving Patient Care in Hospice

Tim Blackmon, BS -CIO Mumms Software

B3 - The Use of Ketamine for Pain Management in the Hospice Patient

Kiran Hamid, B.Sc. Pharmacy. R.Ph. - Hospice Clinical Pharmacist ProCare Hospice Care

B4 - Do I Have Your Attention? Proper ADR Responses

Lisa Sigsworth, RN, CHPN, ELNEC Trainer, Cht, CHI - President Cornerstone Paradigm, LLC

8:30 am - 10:00 am C Concurrent Sessions

C1 -  Spiritual & Cultural Aspects of Care at the End of Life

Larry Dawalt, M.Div., BCC, CT, CTSS, CHPCA - Senior Director of Spiritual & Grief Care Service Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region

C2 - Hospice Regulatory Compliance in Louisiana

Marian Tate, RN, BSN - Medical Certification Program Manager Louisiana Department of Health

C3 - Hospice Legislative Update

Elizabeth Duncan Harper, BA - Louisiana Director Alliance for the Advancement of End of Life Care

John Morgan Hughes, MBA - Mississippi Director Alliance for the Advancement of End of Life Care

C4 - Surviving or Thriving? A PEP Talk for Stronger Teams and Effective Operations

Judy L. Connelly RN, MSN, SPHR Senior Manager, Operations Simione Healthcare Consultants

11:30 am - 12:30 pm E Concurrent Sessions

E1 - Have U Been PICed?

Julie B. Mitchell, J.D., LL.M. Health Law - Partner/Healthcare Attorney Hagwood and Tipton Law Firm, PC

E2 - We Honor Veterans Program and Welcome Home Ceremony

Bryan Johnson, BSBA-M - Bereavement Coordinator Heart of Hospice

E3 - Understanding the Effects of Opioids in the Workplace

Nikki C. Honore’, DNP (c), MSN, APRN-BC, CPN - Statewide Nurse Consultant - Emergency Preparedness & Response, Louisiana Department of Health - Office of Public Health - Bureau of Community Preparedness

E4 - Acing Hospice Care Utilization to Improve End of Life Care Quality and Outcomes

Jennifer Maxwell M Ed. -Co-founder and Co-CEO, Maxwell Healthcare Associates; Co-founder and President, Muse Healthcare

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm Exhibit Hall Open


Thursday, July 30, 2020

8:00 am - 8:15 am Welcome

Jamey Boudreaux, MSW, M.Div. - LMHPCO Executive Director

Nancy Dunn, RN, MS, CT - LMHPCO Education Director

8:30 pm - 10:00 am G Concurrent Sessions

G1 - One Chance to Get it Right: Caring for Patients with Mental Illness at End of Life

Janet McMillan, DSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, ACHPN, CNE - Nurse Practitioner Forrest General Hospice

G2 - Management of NonPain Symptoms and Palliative Care Emergencies

L. Glen Mire, MD, FAAFP, HMDC - Clinical Professor, Family Medicine, LSU School of Medicine Medical Director, Acadian Palliative Care Medical Director, River Oaks Retirement Manor

G3 - Survey Readiness Now – Using Mock Surveys

Judy Morris, RN, BSN RN Nursing Consultant 5 Star Consultants

G4 - The Ethical & Cultural Significance of Hospice in Underserved Populations

Cordt T. Kassner, Ph.D. - CEO, Hospice Analyti

Martha McDurmond, BSW, NFA - Consultant, LMHPCO +

Ann Walker, RN, BSN, MBA - Consultant, LMHPCO +

Derrick W. Williams, MS - Research Scientist, Dept. of Biology, Colorado State University-Pueblo, CO

G5 -  2020 Palmetto GBA Hospice Workshop Series “Hitting the Target with Medicare” 

(PART 1 of 2 - Medical)

Charles Canaan, MPH, BSN, RN, CCA, CPC, APM - Senior Provider Education Consultant Palmetto

10:15 am - 11:45 am H Concurrent Sessions 

H1 - Medical Marijuana in Louisiana: Many Questions, Some Answers...

Mary C. Raven, MD - Medical Director, Palliative Medicine, OLOL 

Chanda Macias, Ph.D., MBA - CEO, ILera Holistic Healthcare

Ruston Henry, BS - Owner, H & W Dispensary

Vincent A. Culota, Jr., MD - Executive Director, Louisiana State Board of Medical Licensure

H2 - The Conversation That Will Change Lives

Susan E. Nelson, MD, FACP, FAAHPM - System Chair, Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care Ochsner Health System

H3 - Building an Interdisciplinary Outpatient Palliative Care Clinic

Alexandra Leigh, MD - Section Chief, Hospice and Palliative Care, SE LA Veterans Health Care System

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Tulane University School of Medicine

Malaika Amedee. LCSW - Palliative Care Coordinator, Southeast LA Veterans Health Care System

Christopher Parkinson, PhD., ABPP - Palliative Care Psychologist, SE LA Veterans Health Care System

H4 - Ethics and Social Work

Edgar Guedry, LCSW-BACS, ACSW, CHP-SW - Executive VP Hospice NSI Hospice

H5 - 2020 Palmetto GBA Hospice Workshop Series “Hitting the Target with Medicare”

(PART 2 of 2 - Billing)

Dan George - Senior Provider Relations Representative Palmetto GBA

Friday, July 31, 2020

10:15 am - 11:15 am D Concurrent Sessions 

D1 - Veterans Outreach: Networking and Resource Building

Amanda Anderson, MBA with Human Resource Certification, MSW Manager of Volunteer Services, We Honor Veterans Champion Heart of Hospice

D2 - The Art of Hard Conversations

Hildie Dunn, MA, BA - Expert Coach, Handel Group Angie Robertson, Esq. - Senior Coach, Handel Group

D3 - Technology Is Your Friend

Donna Floyd, RN, BSN Principal & Consultant Crag Consulting

D4 - Eligibility Discussions & Discharge & Planning Documentation

Karla Lykken, RN - Legal Services Specialist Kindred at Home

D5 - Taking a Step Back is the Best Way to Move Forward – A Review of Diabetes Management at End-of-Life

Christine Pham, PharmD, BCGP - Clinical Supervisor Hospice Pharmacy Solutions

8:00 am - 8:15 am Welcome

Jamey Boudreaux, MSW, M.Div. - LMHPCO Executive Director

Nancy Dunn, RN, MS, CT - LMHPCO Education Director

11:45 am - 1:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open

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