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Thursday November 2, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST
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SERESC Conference Center
29 Commerce Drive
Bedford, NH 03110

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Reduced rate accommodation for conference participants!

The Hampton Inn Suites, ph (603) 623-2040 for reservations. 

Complimentary transportation to SERESC is available. Visit the SERESC website for other listings.


Janice McDermott 
New Hampshire Hospice and Palliative Care Organization 
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NHHPCO 22nd Annual Fall Conference

The Best Care Possible: The Changing Face of Hospice

Join us as we celebrate excellent hospice and palliative care in NH, with a day filled with fascinating talks, networking, breakout sessions, exhibits, raffles, a silent auction - and much more!
Proceeds benefit NHHPCO.

The complete program will be available on our website on Oct 31, 2017. Please be sure to print session handouts in advance as they will not be available at the conference.

We look forward to seeing you!

Featured Speakers

The View from Washington DC

Edo Banach, Esq. President & CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. He will present “The View from DC” – trends in Hospice and Palliative Care within the industry and the current Medicare payment system.

The Best and Worst Places to Die

Ravi Parikh, MD MPP C-TAC Recently completed his residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts and he is on staff with the national policy organization. Dr. Parikh will present data from a recent article that he co-authored in the New England Journal of Medicine. With information from the Dartmouth Atlas, he will explore geographic locations and access to healthcare, financial impact and culture shifts related to dying that can improve care.

Ethical Reflections on Physician Assisted Suicide and Hospice Values

Kimberly A. Curseen, MD Director of Supportive and Palliative Care Outpatient Services for Emory Healthcare. Dr. Curseen will present her current case studies and data related to the use of Medical Marijuana. Her work highlights how this can be helpful or not helpful in the quest for symptom management and improved quality of life for those with serious, progressive illness.

Conflict and Chaos in Palliative Care and Hospice: Language is Key in Riding the Storm

Suzana Makowski, MD Concord, NH Palliative Care Director at Exeter Hospital. Fellowship-trained, board-certified hospice and palliative care physician specialist. Board-certified internist.



Registration, Refreshments & Exhibits 


Welcome   Janice McDermott 


The View from Washington DC    Edo Banach, Pres./CEO NHPCO    


The Best and Worst Places to Die    Ravi Parikh, MD, C-Tac 




Conflict and Chaos in Palliative Care and Hospice: Language is Key in Riding the Storm   Suzana Makowski, MD Exeter Hospital Palliative Care Program 




Breakout Sessions: 

    A. Understanding Hospice Compare   Martha Tecca, Consultant, M&M Strategies

    B. EOL Care with Traumatized Vietnam Vets   Jennifer Scheriff, VA Medical Center Palliative Care Psychotherapist 

    C. Compassion Fatigue in Hospice Chaplaincy in New England   Rev. Karen Boucher, D Min 

    D. 2017 NH Palliative Care Survey Results    Don McDonah, MD & Chris Howard, LICSW, OSW-C




Medical Marijuana Best Practices    Kimberly Curseen, MD


Panel Discussion for Medical Marijuana Best Practices


Raffles, Evaluations, Closing Remarks


Adjourn, Turn in Evaluations & Receive CE/CME Certificates 

Thank you to our sponsors!

CEUs and Contact Hours

This educational activity has been submitted for approval of continuing nursing education hours to the NH Nurses Association’s Commission on Continuing Education, an accredited approver of Continuing Nursing Education, by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. The activity has also been submitted to the NH Chapter, National Association of Social Workers for CEUs, and to the NH Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators for educational hours.

CME Accreditation

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of Concord Hospital and the NHHPCO. The Concord Hospital is accredited by the NH Medical Society Council on Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Concord Hospital Medical Education Program designates this live continuing medical education activity for a maximum of 5.5 credit hours in Category I TM credit towards the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award.  Each physician should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

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