This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Minnesota Medical Association and the Minnesota Network of Hospice and Palliative Care. The Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Minnesota Medical Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This continuing nursing education activity was approved for up to 15 contact hours by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Sunday=3.5 hours; Monday=5.75 hours; Tuesday=5.75 hours.

Minnesota Network of Hospice and Palliative Care is the provider of CNE in a joint provider relationship with Wisconsin Nurses Association.

Social Work
This conference has been designed to meet the Minnesota Board of Social Work requirements and is approved for 15 clock hours: Sunday = 3.5 hours; Monday = 5.75 hours; Tuesday = 5.75 hours. (CEP#490)

Nursing Home Administrators
This conference has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators and is approved for 15 clock hours: Sunday = 3.5 hours; Monday = 5.75 hours; Tuesday = 5.75 hours. (MN17-115)

CBMT LOGOMusic Therapist
The 2017 MNHPC conference is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for up to 16 CMTE credits: Sunday =4.0 hours; Monday =6.0 hours; Tuesday =6.0 hours. Minnesota Network of Hospice & Palliative Care, #P-153 maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria. Individuals seeking CMTEs must attend a full day to claim credits. Partial credits will not be awarded.





Conference Goal
To advance the knowledge and practice of healthcare professionals and volunteers who provide serious illness and end-of-life care services to patients and their families across the life span, resulting in improved quality of care for the many cultures and communities across our region.


  1. Describe best practices and innovations in hospice and palliative care, with an emphasis on patient and family communication, organization/team culture, program implementation and/or services delivery.
  2. Describe specific pain and symptom management interventions for all ages used to ensure patient and family-defined comfort during serious illness and at end of life.
  3. Identify common emotional and spiritual needs of patients and families and/or identify emotional and spiritual impacts on hospice and palliative care professionals and volunteers when caring for individuals with serious illness or those who are at the end of life.
  4. Identify techniques to approach the complex family dynamics, grief, bereavement, and trauma that can impact individuals, families, professionals, and volunteers.
  5. Describe the ethical challenges inherent in caring for individuals of all ages with serious illness or those who are at the end of life.
  6. Describe current and/or proposed hospice and palliative care regulations and health care policies impacting operations and delivery, along with strategies for adherence and maintaining compliance.
  7. Explain hospice and palliative care payment and reimbursement practices, including strategies for increased access to quality hospice and palliative care services.
  8. Relate strategies for raising awareness of hospice and palliative care, promoting hospice and palliative care services, maximizing resources/funding opportunities, and /or developing volunteer or work force opportunities across a range of cultural communities (as defined by ethnicity, spirituality, population density, and/or sexual orientation).

Target Audience

This conference is designed for individuals working in nursing, administration, music therapy, physical therapy, chaplaincy, medicine, occupational therapy, social work, home health care, and volunteers.


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