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Conference Schedule

Saturday, September 21, 2019
Time
Session Title
7:00 AM - 8:00 AMRegistration and Networking Breakfast with Sponsors & Exhibitors
8:00 AM - 8:30 AMWelcome Announcements and Chapter Business Meeting
8:30 AM - 9:30 AMSession 1: Motivation, Resiliency and Winning
9:30 AM - 10:30 AMNetworking Break with Sponsors & Exhibitors
10:30 AM - 12:00 PMSession 2A: Speed Learning Sessions - Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Caring for Vulnerable Infants in the Context of the Family
10:30 AM - 12:00 PMSession 2A: Speed Learning Sessions - Promoting the Safe Use of Opioids: A Community Hospital’s Response to a National Emergency
10:30 AM - 12:00 PMSession 2A: Speed Learning Sessions - A Unique Behavioral Health Social Work Role in Care Transitions
10:30 AM - 12:00 PMSession 2A: Speed Learning Sessions - Dynamic Documentation: How Documenting the Social Determinants of Health Improves Patient Health, Health Care Economics and More
10:30 AM - 12:00 PMSession 2B: Speed Learning Sessions - Legal and Ethical Issues for Discharge Planning/Guardianships (Ethics Session)
10:30 AM - 12:00 PMSession 2B: Speed Learning Sessions - The Ethical Case for Confronting the Health Consequences of Financial Vulnerability (Ethics Session)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PMNetworking Lunch with Sponsors & Exhibitors
1:00 PM - 1:30 PMGiveaways
1:30 PM - 2:30 PMSession 3A: Difficult UM Status Reviews
1:30 PM - 2:30 PMSession 3B: Motivational Interviewing Applications: Ethics, Chronic and Serious Illnesses (Ethics Session)
2:30 PM - 2:45 PMBreak
2:45 PM - 3:45 PMSession 4A: Navigating the New Post-Acute Health Care System: Effective Treatment, Placement and Transitions of Patients with Cognitive and Psychiatric Impairment
2:45 PM - 3:45 PMSession 4B: Which War Was I In? Education with an Emphasis on Trauma-Focused Therapy with a Veteran (Ethics Session)
3:45 PM - 4:45 PMSession 5: Yippee! Another Day in Paradise: Driving Negativity Out of the Workplace
4:45 PM - 5:00 PMClosing Remarks and Giveaways

Conference Sessions

Session 1: Motivation, Resiliency and Winning

Greg Litton
Speaker
Liz, Inc. · Oak Lawn, IL

ABSTRACT:

Everyone is familiar with the phrase, “There is no ‘I’ in team.” but in this presentation, Greg Litton will talk about the influence every team member has to create a dynamic team. He will remind you that commitment starts with the individual, and as individuals we need to perform at our very best. Everyone on the team needs to not only work hard, but also commit to reaching and exceeding goals. Members of winning teams understand the formula for excellence is the perseverance and success of every single individual working together. Greg’s experience at the highest level of professional baseball, the Major Leagues, has formed his insight into the real meaning of teamwork and is helping those around you succeed.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  1. Describe what it takes to be motivated when the odds seem stacked against you.
  2. Recognize the influence we all have to create a dynamic team.
  3. Discuss the connection between commitment and resiliency.

Session 2A: Speed Learning Sessions - Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Caring for Vulnerable Infants in the Context of the Family

Nancy Forsyth, MSN, RN, NNP-BC
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner · Women and Children's Health
Beebe Healthcare · Lewes, DE

ABSTRACT:

This presentation will cover incidence, pathophysiology, interventions and family care for infants who experience withdrawal from intrauterine opioid exposure. Special attention will be paid to integrative care in the context of the family unit. Dyadic care may reduce the severity of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, length of stay and adverse outcomes after discharge. In addition, we will address legal requirements for reporting.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  1. Define Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, understand relevant pathophysiology and describe the incidence.
  2. Describe interventions for care of the infant with NAS and how dyadic care affects outcomes.
  3. Discuss mandatory reporting, federal/state law and discharge plan of safe care.

Session 2A: Speed Learning Sessions - Promoting the Safe Use of Opioids: A Community Hospital’s Response to a National Emergency

Kara Harrer, PharmD
Director of Pharmacy
Calvert Health Medical Center · Prince Frederick, MD

ABSTRACT:

The goal of the Opioid Stewardship Committee (OSC) is to ensure that opioids are used safely at Calvert Health Medical Center. Safe and appropriate pain control is one of our highest priorities and we are committed to following national best practice guidelines. OSC optimizes clinical outcomes while minimizing risk of overuse and addiction.

Tasked with developing responses to the (1) Local, state and national opioid epidemic, (2) Heroin & Opioid Prevention Effort and Treatment Act of 2017 (HOPE Act), (3) Redesigning the delivery of health care services in line with the Community Health Needs Assessment’s highest scoring variables including substance abuse and 4) Support patients with substance use disorder by collaborating with the health department, while also continuing to operate in an environment guided by the Affordable Care Act and the Maryland Waiver.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  1. Discuss how to develop an Opioid Stewardship Program in a small community hospital setting.
  2. Implement a multidisciplinary team to ensure safe use of opioids.
  3. Develop tracking mechanisms to organize discharge RX metrics of controlled substances.

Session 2A: Speed Learning Sessions - A Unique Behavioral Health Social Work Role in Care Transitions

Sara Littleton, BSN, RN
Manager FMH Care Transitions
Frederick Regional Health System · Frederick, MD

ABSTRACT:

This presentation will define the role of the behavioral health social worker, interventions used and how they impact patient outcomes and the value of coordinated collaborative care from a multidisciplinary team.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  1. Define the behavioral health social worker’s role.
  2. Describe interventions used by the behavioral health social worker and how these interventions impact patient outcomes.
  3. Recognize the value of coordinated collaborative care from a multidisciplinary team.

Session 2A: Speed Learning Sessions - Dynamic Documentation: How Documenting the Social Determinants of Health Improves Patient Health, Health Care Economics and More

Diane Iverson, RN, BS, BSN, ACM, CCM
Case Manager · Department of Surgery
Johns Hopkins Hospital · Baltimore, MD

ABSTRACT:

Social determinants of health are conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work that affect one’s health status. Examples include socioeconomic status, your neighborhood and resources available to you—including access to medical care, education, employment and social support network. The government recognizes the impact of social determinants of health factors on decreased life span and increased health care costs in the form of hospital readmissions and unplanned hospital care (PAUs) and provides funding to Medicare and Medicaid recipients to help alleviate barriers to health care. Data is collected in a variety of ways, including using Z codes to document in the chart factors affecting a patient’s health, mental health and noting addiction or a variety of other physical diagnoses. Increased funding can benefit not only individuals now but also improve their communities to benefit future generations in all areas of the social determinants of health.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  1. Define social determinants of health, conditions that affect individuals and population health and their significant influence on health care resources—both negative and positive.
  2. Identify ways that social determinants of health data can be collected and the important roles for CDI, case management, physicians and coders.
  3. Recognize ethical considerations to collect the social determinants of health data.

Session 2B: Speed Learning Sessions - Legal and Ethical Issues for Discharge Planning/Guardianships (Ethics Session)

Sigrid Haines, B.S., J.D.
Attorney
Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP · Baltimore, MD

ABSTRACT:

Federal law requires hospitals to provide a safe discharge plan for patients. Discuss what this means in practical terms, including the ethical framework used and how to implement  it in hospitals. Topics addressed will include powers of attorney, guardianship, case management, ethics committees and other alternative measures to ensure that the hospital meets its requirements to provide a safe discharge plan for each patient. We will also review the regulatory framework in case studies.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  1. Discuss federal requirements regarding safe discharge plans.
  2. Explore viable alternatives to create a safe and ethical discharge plan for patients who have minimal options.
  3. Enhance problem-solving skills to meet discharge planning requirements in a legal and ethical manner when you work with challenging patients in health care facilities who may not want to leave.

Session 2B: Speed Learning Sessions - The Ethical Case for Confronting the Health Consequences of Financial Vulnerability (Ethics Session)

Sue Westgate
Clinical Instructor · School of Social Work
University of Maryland · Baltimore, MD

ABSTRACT:

The financial chasms between people and populations have been increasing within the context of the United States. Historically, the phenomenon of financial vulnerability has been relegated exclusively to the domain of socio-political policy. Health care professionals paradoxically de-emphasize the impact of structural poverty in care settings, despite direct confrontation with access-related barriers prompted by patient exposure to resource scarcity. Consequently, the lack of awareness of interplay between financial vulnerability and the provision of care sets the stage to construct disparate care for already vulnerable populations. Learn why caring about reducing health care disparities is the right thing to do.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  1. Define the concept of financial vulnerability.
  2. Recognize the connection between financial vulnerability and overall health status.
  3. Identify the roles played by provider bias and tactics to reform and enhance care for vulnerable populations.

Session 3A: Difficult UM Status Reviews

Bruce Ermann, MD, CHCQM, PAC-CDI
Physician Advisor · CHI Internal Physician Advisor Services
Catholic Health Initiatives · San Bruno, CA

ABSTRACT:

Medicare status review is complex and many clinical cases present challenges for case managers and physician advisors. In this interactive session, we will present clinical scenarios and answer questions about the case manager utilization management (UM) process. We will also share the eventual physician advisor status determination with a live, audience vote.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  1. Recognize the difficulty some clinical scenarios present and realize not every review has a 100 percent physician advisor determination.
  2. Recognize how the case manager’s review process and skills can impact the Physician Advisor Determination.
  3. Identify strategies for the case manager, treating physician and physician advisor communications that can maximize UM efficiency and accurate status determination.

Session 3B: Motivational Interviewing Applications: Ethics, Chronic and Serious Illnesses (Ethics Session)

Natalie Kontakos, MD
Hospice and Palliative Medicine Physician
· Washington, DC

ABSTRACT:

Health care professionals involved with chronic and serious illness care are often faced with situations where patients and/or their families are resistant or ambivalent about discussing their situation and care plans. Motivational interviewing techniques may be helpful with challenging situations and enriched communication.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  1. Define motivational interviewing.
  2. Describe how motivational interviewing applies to chronic and serious illness care as well as has its limitations.
  3. Provide examples of how case managers can use motivational interviewing skills to care for patients with chronic and serious illness and their families while protecting the dignity and worth of the individual.

Session 4A: Navigating the New Post-Acute Health Care System: Effective Treatment, Placement and Transitions of Patients with Cognitive and Psychiatric Impairment

Erin Knoepfel, MS, CCC-SLP
Director Strategic Integration
Mansbach Health Tools, LLC and CounterPoint Health Services · Simpsonville, MD

ABSTRACT:

With new value-based reimbursement models launching later this year, effective management and placement of patients with cognitive and psychiatric impairment will be challenging. How will post-acute settings be impacted? How can case managers successfully transition patients to home care, assisted living and nursing homes who may be resistent to accepting these patients?

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  1. Identify the psychological and behavioral symptoms of dementia (BPSD) that present challenges for post-acute placement.
  2. Describe evidence-based cognitive tools currently used in acute-care and post-acute care settings that improve transitions of care.
  3. Describe adjustments made by home care, assisted living and nursing homes to better receive residents with BPSDs.

Session 4B: Which War Was I In? Education with an Emphasis on Trauma-Focused Therapy with a Veteran (Ethics Session)

Gary Black, MBA
Veteran Liaison · De-Mid-ATL Region
Vitas Healthcare · Newark, DE

ABSTRACT:

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can have a tremendous impact on a person's life; therefore, coping in healthy ways is important. Military personnel exposed to prolonged combat may struggle with guilt and ethical dilemmas, affecting close relationships, mood, and ability to receive medical care and causing disruption to caregivers. During this session principles of ethical decision-making and coping strategies will be reviewed along with various applications to meet unique patient needs, including patients with a terminal diagnosis.

 

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  1. Identify barriers to care unique to veterans and their war era as well as barriers in common with those with PTSD.
  2. Analyze and apply principles of ethical decision-making and coping strategies when working with patients who experienced a traumatic event.
  3. Recognize the values of integrity, importance of human relationships, and dignity and worth of the individual when interacting with veteran patients coping with trauma.

Session 5: Yippee! Another Day in Paradise: Driving Negativity Out of the Workplace

Liz Jazwiec, RN
Speaker, Strategist, Author
Liz, Inc. · Oak Lawn, IL

ABSTRACT:

Have you ever worked with a crab? You know, the type of person that complains about everything, even free food? Then you understand that continuous workplace negativity zaps the energy out of an organization and distracts everyone from work and productivity. It is not okay to come to work every day in a bad mood because the job is difficult. Liz Jazwiec will share her personal story, laced with her notorious humor and effective tools to manage morale, eliminate victim thinking and have fun. Using real-life examples and anecdotes from her bestselling book, Eat THAT Cookie!, she will provide insights to make positive thinking work for you and the shadow you cast on others. Liz will conclude with a straightforward approach to the connection between job satisfaction and success, creating an enjoyable workplace and choosing to be happy.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  1. Discover methods everyone can use to improve morale.
  2. Recognize how negativity affects teamwork.
  3. Discuss ways to accept recognition.

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