QMCLogo 500w75hPCQC Virtual Quality Matters Conference 2022
December 8-9, 2022
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 Thursday, December 8, 2022

12:00pm - 1:15pm ET

Why Quality Matters: Where You Sit Determines What You See

Discuss quality from the perspectives of patients, providers and payers in evolving healthcare systems

Tammie QuestMD FAAHPM, Director, Emory Palliative Care Center

1:15pm - 1:55pm ET 

The State of Our Field

An overview of 2020-2021 PCQC structural and operational data of palliative care programs identifying areas of growth and opportunity for our field.

Maggie Rogers, MPH, Director of Research & Analytics, Center to Advance Palliative Care
Fred Friedman, Registry Manager, Palliative Care Quality Collaborative

 1:55pm - 2:10pm  ET


 2:10pm - 2:50pm ET

Managing Opioid Complexity in Individuals with Serious Illness

In this session, we discuss the complexity of opioid prescribing in patients with serious illness. We will review the available evidence on chronic pain, long-term opioid therapy, and opioid misuse/use disorders in the general population. We will then apply the relevant and emerging evidence in palliative care populations to generate best practices that can inform future quality metrics.

Jessica Merlin, MD PhD MBA, Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh 

Katie Fitzgerald Jones, PhD APN CARN-AP, Postdoctoral Fellow and Nurse Practitioner, Massachusetts General Hospital

2:50pm - 3:30pm ET

Learning from PCQC’s Clinical Quality Data

PCQC patient-level outcome data offers a rich source of insights on the care we provide to our patients. In this session we will explore PCQC’s clinical, patient-level outcome data highlighting areas of high performance and discuss how to use this data to improve care.

Steve Pantilat, MD MHM FACP FAAHPM, Kates-Burnard and Hellman Distinguished Professor in Palliative Care and the Chief of the Division of Palliative Medicine, University of California San Francisco

 3:30pm - 4:30pm ET

Patient Reported Outcomes – Benefits and Drawbacks

A panel discussion on the use of patient reported outcomes for patient care and how quality measurement is evolving to better leverage PRO data.

Katherine Ast, MSW LCSW, Director of Quality & Research, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Ben Hamlin, MPH, Senior Research Informaticist, National Committee for Quality Assurance
Angela M. Stover, PhD, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Laura Hanson, MD MPH, Professor of Geriatric Medicine and Medical Director, UNC Palliative Care

4:30pm - 5:30pm ET

In partnership with NHPCO, a Panel Discussion: Quality Metrics Across the Continuum of Advance Illness & Support Care

Kathleen Kerr, Healthcare Consultant and Partner, Transforming Care Partners
Rory Farrand, MS MA MSN, APRN-BC, Vice President, Palliative and Advanced Care, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Joe Rotella, MD MBA HMDC FAAHPM, Chief Medical Officer, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Aparna Gupta, DNP FACHE CPHQ, Vice President Quality, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization


 Friday, December 9, 2022

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12:00pm - 1:15pm ET

Top 10 Pearls in Palliative Care Quality

Aiming to demystify quality improvement, highlighting areas where a systematic approach is needed for success, and offering lessons learned to promote quality within palliative care.

Arif Kamal, MD MBA MHS FAAHP FASCO, Chief Patient Officer, American Cancer Society and Associate Professor of Medicine and Population Health, Duke University School of Medicine 

1:15pm - 1:55pm ET

 Policy and Payment Trends Impacting Palliative Care Today and Tomorrow

Palliative care delivery and payments models are evolving quickly, as are the policies that affect them. This session will provide an overview of key legislative, regulatory and market changes that are impacting palliative care practice today, and will shape its near future.

Phillip Rodgers, MD FAAHPM, Professor, Family Medicine and Internal Medicine and Co-Director, Clinical Palliative Care Program, University of Michigan Medicine

1:55pm - 2:10pm  ET


 2:10pm - 2:50pm ET

Equity and Quality: An overview of the importance of DEI in quality palliative care

A session on the role of equity, inclusion, and diversity in palliative care.

Karen Bullock, PHD LCSW APHSW-C, Endowed Professor of Social Work, Boston College

2:50pm - 3:30pm ET

Quality Improvement 101

A discussion on how palliative care teams can use clinical data to identify and structure quality improvement opportunities

Rachel Thienprayoon, MD MSCS FAAP FAAHPM, Associate Professor of Anesthesia and Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital

3:30pm - 4:30pm ET

Challenges & Opportunities in Collecting Quality Data

An expert discussion highlighting the importance and challenges of collecting quality data reflecting the breadth of disciplines engaged in palliative care (Pediatrics, Social Work, Chaplaincy, Hospice)

Jori Bogetz, MD, Seattle Children's Hospital and Research Institute 
Kristyn Fazzalaro, MSW LWSC APHSW-C, Manager of Palliative Care and Oncology Support Services, Hoag Health System 
Allison Kestenbaum, MA MPA BCC-PCHAC ACPE,Supervisor of Spiritual Care & Clinical Pastoral Education, UC San Diego Health
Aparna Gupta, DNP FACHE CPHQ, Vice President Quality, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

Phillip Rodgers, MD FAAHPM, Professor of Family Medicine and Internal Medicine Director, Adult Palliative Care Clinical Services

*This agenda, faculty, and schedule is subject to change*

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