Four Seasons Palliative Care Immersion Course







Join the Four Seasons team in a dynamic educational experience aimed at developing your competencies and knowledge base in palliative care.  In this modern learning environment, instructors provide didactic sessions, facilitated role play, critique, and situational modeling of mock patient- provider interactions that will engage and challenge all levels of palliative care providers.  The course curriculum covers clinical issues of symptom management, ethics, goal setting, and communication techniques.  Participants will also develop an understanding of critical factors that impact the financial model.  They will learn how to improve sustainability through effective billing and coding, setting visit expectations, and transitioning of patients to hospice.  It is our expectation that participants will leave the course with significantly improved prognostication and business skills, and a solid understanding of complex case management. 


Covered modules will include the following:

 Basics of Palliative Care

  • Initial Palliative Care Visit -- Whole Patient Assessment
  • Improve Communication Skills: Discussions about Prognosis
  • Goals of Care
  • Conducting a Family Meeting and Caring for the Challenging Patient and Family
  • Palliative Care in the Community
  • Palliative Care in the Hospital Setting
  • ICU Communication
  • Pain Basics:
    • Initiation, Titration and Equianalgesic Conversion
    • Methadone

 Advanced Palliative Care

  • Complex Case Management I, II and III
  • Advanced Symptom Management
  • Advanced Pain Management
  • Prognostication in the Outpatient and Hospital Settings
  • Palliative Sedation
  • Disease Specific Palliative Care: 
    • Palliative Care for Heart Failure
    • Palliative Care for COPD
    • Palliative Care for Dementia
    • Pediatric Palliative Care 

Psychosocial Components of Palliative Care

  • Ethical Considerations in Palliative Care
  • Culturally Competent Care and Listening for Stories of Disparities
  • Opioid Misuse in Palliative Care: How Do We Talk About It?
  • Spiritual Care: A Spirit-Focused Approach
  • Grief, Loss and Bereavement

Palliative Care Administration

  • Quality Palliative Care
  • Developing Best Practices in Billing/Coding for Providers in Hospice & Palliative Care
  • Hospital Palliative Care: Making the Case Important Metrics
  • Financial Sustainability for Palliative Care: Lessons Learned on the Path


40 hours of CME Category 1 or 4 CEU available

Who should attend?

The Palliative Care Immersion Course is designed for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers and clinical nurse specialists, who are either new to the field, or want to enhance their clinical skills as well as improve the design/efficiency of their palliative care program.

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