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PHPCN Annual Conference Delivering End-of-Life Care During Challenging Times

Thursday - Friday | November 12 - 13, 2020

About the Conference

The world has changed dramatically but some things remain the same such as the need for high-quality, compassionate end-of-life care provided by hospice and palliative care teams.  The healthcare industry has faced challenges but 2020 has proved most challenging, physically, and emotionally, for providers, patients, and families alike.  

In these unprecedented times, hospice and palliative practitioners will meet virtually this year to examine the current end of life topics.  The goal of the conference is to provide insight and tools to help attendees keep pace with what is going on in and around the hospice and palliative care industry.

Plenary Speakers

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BJ Miller, MD is a longtime hospice & palliative medicine physician and educator. He’s been on faculty at his alma mater, UCSF, since 2007 and has worked in all settings of care: hospital, clinic, residential facility, and home.
He currently sees patients and families via telehealth through Mettle Health, a company he co-founded with the aim to provide personalized, holistic consultations for any patient or caregiver who needs help navigating the practical, emotional and existential issues that come with serious illness and disability.
BJ’s career has been dedicated to moving healthcare towards a human centered approach, on a policy as well as a personal level. Led by his own experiences as a patient, BJ advocates for the roles of our senses, community and presence in designing a better ending. His interests are in working across disciplines to affect broad-based culture change, cultivating a civic model for aging and dying and furthering the message that suffering, illness, and dying are fundamental and intrinsic aspects of life.
He has given over 100 talks nationally, and internationally, on the topics of death, dying, palliative care and the intersection of healthcare with design. His 2015 TED Talk: “Not Whether But How” (aka “What Matters Most at the End of Life”), has been viewed over 11 million times and his work has also been the subject of multiple interviews and podcasts, including Oprah Winfrey, PBS, The New York Times, The California Sunday Magazine, GOOP, Krista Tippett, Tim Ferriss and the TED Radio Hour. His book, A Beginner’s Guide to the End, was co-authored with Shoshana Berger and published in 2019.

BJ Miller, MD, Mettle Health

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Meg S.L. Pekarske is Devoted to the needs of hospice clients nationwide, Meg offers counsel and innovative strategy on compliance, audits, litigation and growth.
Having practiced hospice law across the country for nearly 20 years, Meg and the Husch Blackwell Hospice & Palliative Care Team know this healthcare space and have evolved with it. Meg anticipates industry trends and efficiently clears pathways for clients large and small, whether in a 15-minute call or negotiating a multimillion-dollar Unified Program Integrity Contractor (UPIC) audit. She enjoys strategizing solutions for clients on hospice legal issues including:
Government audits, Fraud investigations, Compliance, Fraud and abuse, Litigation, Palliative care program development, Inpatient unit structures, and Contracting issues
Meg collaborates with leading groups such as the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), fostering education and monitoring developments on behalf of clients. In addition to proactive regulatory work and resolving obstacles, Meg enjoys facilitating client growth and innovative partnership opportunities with health systems and post-acute care providers as well as guiding hospices through mergers and acquisitions. She shares insights on hospice and palliative care, and speaks to industry innovators as host of the podcast “Hospice Insights: The Law and Beyond.” The most rewarding aspect of her practice is knowing that each person she encounters is working toward the same goal: providing compassionate, quality, end-of-life care to patients.

Meg S.L. Pekarske

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Stu Maddux is an award-winning producer and director of non-fiction media with international credits including Pluto TV, Here TV, PBS, Showtime, TLC, VH1, Spike, Logo, CMT, and BBC.
His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic, VICE, and NPR’s Morning Edition and exhibited at film festivals around the world. His honors include seven regional Emmy Awards as well as awards from film festivals on five continents.
Maddux is an outspoken activist for the LGBTQ aging and LGBTQ history movements. He has spoken at national conferences including the Out & Equal, Creating Change, the American Psychological Association and the American Society on Aging.

Stu Maddux

How to Register

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

1. Click the "Register" button to be directed to the conference purchase page. 

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

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5. You will receive a confirmation email for your purchase, and your access link will be sent prior to the start of the conference. Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions!.

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