Highlights & Special Events
There is more to do at the Annual Assembly than simply attend educational events. View the special events below to see how you can network with others, increase your professional development, and more.
AAHPM Physicians-in-Training Reception
Medical students, residents, and fellows are invited to attend a special Physicians-in-Training Reception at 4:30 pm on Wednesday, March 14. It is a great opportunity to network with trainees and meet with national leaders in the field.
Consultants and peer leaders will be available to meet individually with attendees throughout the Assembly. Topics include billing and coding, nursing research, palliative nursing career development, physician career coaching, and hospice practice.
Please refer to the onsite pocket guide for room assignments, then check the sign-up sheets outside the rooms for availability. First come, first served.
AAHPM & HPNA New Member and First-Timer Reception
Will this be your first Annual Assembly? Are you a new member of AAHPM or HPNA? Then please join us at a reception at 4:30pm immediately prior to the Opening Reception to meet other new members and leaders. It's a great way to make contacts in a smaller, intimate setting.
HPCC Certification Recognition Luncheon
If you are certified by HPCC or are interested in certification and would like to attend the HPCC Certification Luncheon on Thursday, March 15, you must register through the HPCC website at www.gohpcc.org. Seating is limited.
Attend this year's Job Fair located in the Exhibit Hall Thursday night, from 5-7 pm. The Job Fair is the prime venue to learn about opportunities in the hospice and palliative care field, network with potential employers for these positions, and receive a FREE professional headshot.
The exhibit hall gives the Annual Assembly attendees an opportunity to learn about the latest developments in medical supplies and equipment, career opportunities, software, facilities, pharmaceuticals, and medical publishing.
Attend one of these added educational opportunities located in the Showcase Theater in the Exhibit Hall.
- March 14 at 6pm - Hello gameplay - the conversation game about living and dying and what matters most
- Hello is a conversation game about living and dying and what matters most. It's the easy, non-threatening way to start these important conversations with your family, friends, and co-workers. And, it's surprisingly fun. Join the designers of Hello to experience the game yourself! Presented by Common Practice.
- March 15 at 10:10am - Going HMD: Start-Up Basics for a Hospice Medicine Practice
- Join Hospice Medical Director Council Leaders to receive valuable guidance on the most important points to successful HMD practice. Topics will include compensation packages and negotiations, call scheduling, accessing relevant CME, administrative responsibilities, and finding work-life balance.
- March 15 at 11:45am - American Board of Internal Medicine Maintenance of Certification Update
- ABIM’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program is created by doctors, for doctors interested in continuous learning and independent assessment as a way to demonstrate that they are staying current throughout their careers. Our focus is on offering doctors more choice, relevance and convenience as they maintain certification to stay current with knowledge used in practice. To that end, we have developed the 2-year Knowledge Check-in assessment as an alternative to taking the traditional 10-year MOC exam.
- March 15 at 2:30pm - Some Nuances of Physician Billing: Time vs. Complexity
- How does the statement “I’ve spent so much time with this patient” translate into a billable service? This session will review time-based coding concepts such as Counseling and Coordination of Care versus choosing an Evaluation & Management code based on “complexity” in community-based palliative care. Case studies will be utilized to evaluate and compare the coding of commonly seen scenarios.
- March 15 at 5pm - Job Fair
- The Job Fair is the prime venue to learn about opportunities in the hospice and palliative care field, network with potential employers for these positions, and receive a FREE professional headshot.
- March 16 at 10:15am - Empowering Professional Growth with Unique Resources, HPNA
- A valuable resource exists for professional development opportunities through the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation (HPNF). This session will briefly discuss the mission of HPNF as a charitable organization, its unique offerings through scholarships for education, certification, and to attend conferences along with research grants and other awards, and helpful information about the application process.
- March 16 at 12:15pm - What Telemedicine Can Do for YOUR Program - Hosted by Delta Care Rx
- During this session made for professionals that desire to innovate, Drew Mihalyo (President & COO at Delta Care Rx) and Tom Riley (CEO at TapCloud) will demonstrate the power of telemedicine within the hospice and palliative care setting.
View the latest scientific research and case-based, peerreviewed posters in the main exhibit area through Friday morning. Invited posters featuring the work of AAHPM Fellowship Grant awardees, scholar e-posters, and Cambia Health Foundation Sojourn Scholars will be displayed adjacent to the exhibit area.
Community Service Activity - Giving Back to Boston
Join fellow attendees just outside of the Exhibit Hall for a blanket making activity. Help us build 50 blankets to donate to a local hospice, Care Dimensions, and chat with new and old friends.
Service of Remembrance and Celebration
This annual service provides an opportunity to remember and celebrate the lives of those you have served and loved. The service includes music and reflection and takes places Friday, March 16 from 6-7pm.
We Are Wall
Share your thoughts of who we are and where we want to go together as an industry at the We Are Wall.
Film Festival - NEW!
View clips of "Hipocrtic" and "Modicum of Joy" and stay for a Q&A with makers of the films after each showing. This takes place Thursday, March 15 at 7pm.
Make the most of your education time by participating in preconference workshops on Wednesday, March 14. These full- and half-day sessions provide in-depth learning opportunities in cultural competence, resilience, pediatric palliative care, ethics, community-based palliative care, religious conflicts, and more.
Attend plenary sessions featuring Jessica Pettitt, David Whyte, and the State of the Science.
Invited speakers are featured on Thursday afternoon, addressing several critical topics.
Thursday, March 15 | 3-4pm
Public Policy Forum: Fighting for Your Profession: Grassroots Advocacy in an Era of High-Stakes Healthcare Transformation (TH350)
State of the Science in Pediatric Palliative Care (TH351)
Diversity and Inclusion Forum: Why Do You Want to Know and Why Should I Trust You?: Implicit Messaging in Cross-Cultural (Mis)Understandings (TH352)
Book Club Discussion: Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life with Jessica Zitter (TH353)
2018 Nessa Coyle Palliative Nursing Leadership Lecture (TH354)
Cambia Leadership Lecture
Partake in a special program sponsored by the Cambia Health Foundation on Saturday, March 17, from 7-8 am with thought leaders in the field of hospice and palliative care. Registration is now closed.
AAHPM & HPNA Award Presentations
In addition to supporting the critical work and passion of our members, AAHPM and HPNA also recognize the importance of acknowledging our members' critical contributions to the field of hospice and palliative care.