Optimizing Care in the Seriously Ill: Using the National Guidelines in Palliative Care
The National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care (NCP) is an initiative of the National Coalition of Hospice and Palliative Care (NCHPC) to further define and underscore the value of palliative care and to improve upon the delivery of palliative care in the United States. Palliative care is an organized, highly structured system for the delivery of care. A major objective of the NCP is to heighten awareness of palliative care as an option in treating those with a life-limiting or chronic debilitating illness, condition or injury, and to raise public understanding of the growing need for such care.
This activity will provide an overview of and recent updates to the NCPGPC, explain the value of an interdisciplinary team approach to palliative care and discuss critical elements of a successful palliative care program.
This activity is provided by OptumHealth Education.
This activity is supported by OptumCare – Care Services.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of case managers, counselors, nurses, nurse practitioners, nursing home administrators, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, physicians, PAs, psychologists, social workers and marriage and family therapists and other health care professionals (HCPs) who have an interest in palliative medicine.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- State the goal and provide an overview of the National Consensus Project Guidelines for Palliative Care (NCPGPC).
- Explore the recent updates made to the NCPGPC.
- Explain the value of an interdisciplinary team approach to meet the needs of palliative care patients and their families.
- Describe the main characteristics and critical elements of a successful palliative care program.
Martha L. Twaddle, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, HMDC
Palliative Medicine & Supportive Care
Northwestern Medicine -- Lake Forest Hospital
Lake Forest, IL
About the presenter
Dr. Martha Twaddle combines nearly thirty years of experience in the care of seriously ill people and their families in a variety of areas of service. She currently serves as the Medical Director for Palliative Medicine & Supportive Care at Northwestern Medicine -- Lake Forest Hospital. Her academic work includes developing curriculum, guidelines and models of care for health care professionals to provide care for the seriously ill in all settings. In addition, at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, she works with teams that are evaluating the impact of communication skills training on health care culture along with creating and testing systems of care for seriously ill people and their families across settings of care. On behalf of the American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine (AAHPM), Dr. Twaddle serves as the Co-Chair for the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care, which recently revised the clinical practice guidelines for the field.
Sarah Chart, RN
Eden Prairie, MN
Rebecca Gleason, RN
Eden Prairie, MN
Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
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Ms. Chart and Ms. Gleason have indicated that they are employees of and own stock in UnitedHealth Group. Dr. Twaddle has disclosed that she is on the Advisory Board for and has stock/ownership rights in Aspire Health.
Method for Calculating CE Credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by OptumHealth Education. OptumHealth Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Credit designation statements
This activity was planned by and for the health care team, and learners will receive 1.00 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.
The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.
Nursing home administrators
This program has been approved for Continuing Education for 1.00 total participant hours by NAB/NCERS—approval 20220701-1-A76009-DL.
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hour ([0.10] CEU) in states that recognize ACPE.
Attending the full program will earn 1.00 contact hour.
Unique Activity Number(s): JA0007123-0000-21-022-H04-P/T
OptumHealth Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
The Commission for Case Manager Certification has approved this program for a maximum of 1.00 clock hours for Certified Case Managers (CCM).
Counselors, psychologists, social workers and/or marriage and family therapists
Participants must have attended the entire Web-based activity and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate. Partial credit is not available.
OptumHealth Education is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. OptumHealth Education maintains responsibility for this program. 1.00 CE hour.
As a Jointly Accredited Organization, OptumHealth Education is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. OptumHealth Education maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1.00 live continuing education credits.
Counselors and/or marriage and family therapists
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers.
Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or ASWB approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals, such as those listed below. Check with your board to be sure.
A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been preapproved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization from which they wish to obtain credit.
- 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacists
- 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacy Technicians
- 1.00 AMA - Physicians
- 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
- 1.00 APA - Psychologists
- 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
- 1.00 CCMC - General - Case Managers
- 1.00 NAB - Nursing Home Administers
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