Posted on: December 8, 2016
Written by: Coalition for Compassionate Care of California
What skill sets are needed to provide quality palliative care?
And what policy measures should be in place to make palliative care a regular part of health care?
These are just some of the questions Coalition for Compassionate Care of California will address at its 9th Annual Palliative Care Summit in Sacramento, California, on March 13-14, 2017.
Aimed at providers caring for people of all ages—pediatrics, adolescents and young adults, adults and geriatrics—the Summit is designed for physicians, nurses, social workers, nursing home administrators, chaplains, patients and consumers who are interested in palliative care best practices, quality and policy.
Attendees will listen to, learn from, and engage with thought leaders in palliative care, including:
- Eric J. Cassell, MD, MACP, author of The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Medicine
- Betty Ferrell, RN, PhD, City of Hope Medical Center
- Jennifer Kent, Director, California Department of Health Care Services
- BJ Miller, MD, University of California, San Francisco
- Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD, Highland Hospital, Oakland
In total, the Summit features over 40 presenters representing a wide spectrum of palliative care topics including:
- Community-based palliative care
- Quality metrics
- Payment models
- Public policy
- Pediatrics and other special populations
- Community engagement
This program qualifies as continuing education for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, social workers, nursing home administrators and chaplains. Early registration is available through January 13, 2017.
A full program can be viewed online at CCCCsummit.org.
Palliative care is specialized health care for people with serious illnesses. This type of care is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness, with the goal of improving the quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care can be provided by a team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and can be provided together with curative treatment.