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LIVE WEBINAR: Palliative Care: Aligning the Team Around the Patient

Engaging in effective discussions to help your patients live well through serious illness.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 12:15 – 1:30 PM

1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM

1.0 Nursing and Social Work Credits

Co-sponsored by Massachusetts Medical Society, Honoring Choices MA, American Cancer Society, Hospice & Palliative Care Federation of MA, Lahey Health.

Many physicians and clinical care teams have not received formal training in palliative medicine yet are being asked to initiate palliative care discussions with patients diagnosed with a serious illness. The webinar will offer primary and specialty clinicians a set of key questions to open a palliative care discussion with patients and families at any phase of serious illness, from first diagnosis through to end of life care, and suggest when and how to refer to specialty palliative care where appropriate. Clinicians will also gain a fuller understanding of the differences between palliative care and hospice care.
This live webinar will provide a useful framework of the phases of serious illness and how palliative care can be an effective layer of support at each phase and as a patient’s illness advances. Participants will be taught a common palliative medicine language and receive a set of discussion tools. INTRODUCING new Palliative Care Directory for Massachusetts.

Elizabeth J. Collins, MD
Palliative Care Medical Director, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center
Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Ellen M. DiPaola, Esq.
President & CEO
Honoring Choices Massachusetts

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Spring Health Care Planning Ambassador Workshops

Health Care Planning Ambassadors are volunteers who start powerful care planning discussions with adults in your community everywhere adults live, work and gather. Health care organizations, faith-based, cultural or community groups can start an Ambassador Program. It's free and easy to do- just contact Program Director Denise Skrocki to get started. We are providing free Ambassador Workshops so your selected Ambassadors can confidently talk with friends, family and everyone in the community about a Health Care Proxy & Personal Directive. Care providers and their volunteers can attend a free "Partners & Friends Ambassador Workshops" offered in our 6 Community Partner Regions. The "Train-the-Trainer Ambassador Workshops" are offered through our Alliance Partners for their member organizations. No cost. Registration is required.

Partner & Friends Ambassador Workshops 
All care providers & their volunteers welcome.

  • March 28- South Shore Workshop, Marshfield.
  • April 10 -  Metrowest-Boston Workshop, Belmont.
  • April 18 -  Holyoke Workshop, Holyoke. Register here.
  • April 26 -North Shore Workshop, Beverly COA. Register here.
  • May 2 - Cape Cod Task Force, Cape Cod Hospital, Hyannis. Register Here.
  • May 30 -  Worcester Workshop, UMass Memorial Health Care. Register here.

Train-the-Trainer Ambassador Workshops
All member groups are welcome! Check with your Alliance Partner for more information.

February 13 - Hospice & Palliative Care Fed/MA, Volunteer Coordinators. Contact Christine McMichael, Executive Director
February 22 - Massachusetts Councils on Aging, Outreach Coordinators. Contact Shelia Ronkin,
March 17 - MA Conference of United Church of Christ, Super Saturday Event.
March 19 -
  MA Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors Information Session.Contact Paula Griswold, Executive Director


LIVE Webinar: "Tools and Strategies for a Team Approach to Serious Illness Care and MOLST Discussions"

January 18, 2018, 12pm- 1pm

The New England QIN-QIO (Healthcentric Advisors), in partnership with Honoring Choices and BayState Medical Center invites you to explore tools and strategies that will support patient centered end of life discussions and ensure patient wishes are documented and shared across care settings.In addition, D’Youville Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers will share how they have partnered with their ACO and hospital system to improve processes for MOLST discussions and documentation.

What You'll Learn

  • Tools & guides for MOLST and end of life care discussions
  • Identify required elements of MOLST forms & "best practices" 
  • Strategies to facilitate end of life discussions with patients & caregivers;
  • Implementing a structured approach to improve processes around MOLST

NEW : "EMS & MOLST: 5 Things To Do In Advance of an Emergency" 

Who Should Attend:

  • Nursing Home Leaders
  • Home Health Quality Leaders
  • Social Workers
  • Hospital Quality Leaders
  • Care Transitions Teams
  • Case Managers

Please visit event webpage to learn more about our speakers. Event Contact: Nayara DeOliveira 781 287-9162


 All Partners & Care Providers Welcome.

Recored Webinar: "More, Earlier & Better Conversations to Improve Serious Illness Care"

Ariadne Labs and Honoring Choices Joint Webinar For Health Care Providers.

Ariadne Labs and Honoring Choices teamed up to offer a "Health Care Planning Road Map" for early and effective conversations all through an adult's health care journey. The new road map provides discussions guides & planning tools to use at every phase health. Dr. Rachell Bernaki, Ariadne Labs, will provide a comprehensive review of the  “Serious Illness Conversation Guide".  Learn how to start difficult conversations for adults with serious illness to better align care to a person's values, goals and choices. The recorded webinar:

1. Offers interdisciplinary clinicians a structured approach to planning discussions that begin at 18 years old and continue through adulthood

2. Provides a road map of the types of advance care planning discussions on the health care journey that outlines who, when, and how to have these discussions

3. Describes a structured, evidence-based approach for patient-clinician conversations about values, goals and choices for patients with a serious illness

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 All Partners & care professionals welcome.