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

 All times are EST

 Thursday, December 8, 2022

12:00pm - 1:15pm 

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

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 


 2:10pm - 2:50pm

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 

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 

Patient Reported Outcomes – Benefits and Drawbacks

A panel discussion of the evolution of patient reported outcomes in patient care and quality measurement. 

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 - 5:00pm  Break
5:00pm - 6:00pm 

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


 Friday, December 9, 2022

12:00pm - 1:15pm

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 OfficerAmerican Cancer Society and Associate Professor of Medicine and Population Health, Duke University School of Medicine 

1:15pm - 1:55pm  

Different: Lessons Learned from Technology Enabled Care at Home

ResolutionCare + Vynca, (now and forever to be known as VyncaCare,) began the exploration of technology enabled service delivery for seriously ill people at home about the same time in 2014. Vynca has pioneered a digital health platform that supports and distribute high-quality advance care planning communication across populations. ResolutionCare has pioneered the delivery of team-based interdisciplinary home palliative care services via video connection to rural and underserved populations throughout California, and now in Oregon and Washington State. We will review mistakes made and insights gained from more than a million ACP documents produced and thousands of unique people and families serves at home, before and during the pandemic, with the way forward front of mind.

Michael Fratkin, MD FAAHPM, Chief Experience Officer + Co-Founder, VyncaCare

1:55pm - 2:10pm 


 2:10pm - 2:50pm

Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity

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

Karen Bullock, PHD LCSW, Boston College

2:50pm - 3:30pm 

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 

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

All times are EST

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

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