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The CAPC National Seminar

The CAPC National Seminar provides the insight and tools necessary to start and sustain a palliative care program – whether in the hospital setting or in the community. This intensive, engaging and highly practical two and a-half day annual seminar offers comprehensive training in all aspects of planning, implementing and growing a palliative care program. Whether you’re in the early planning stages of establishing a palliative care program, or are already running a successful one, the CAPC Seminar helps enhances program operations and helps to ensure its long-term success.

Call for Presentation Abstracts is Open

The deadline for all submissions is January 12, 2015 at 5:00PM ET



San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter San Antonio, TX
NOVEMBER 12—14, 2015

CAPC is seeking submissions from speakers interested in presenting at the CAPC National Seminar 2015. Only abstracts submitted through CAPC’s online submission system will be considered. All abstracts will be reviewed by a panel of leading palliative care experts selected by CAPC for their content expertise.

If your abstract is selected, you will be part of a three-person moderated panel. CAPC identifies all session topics, the composition of the presenter panel and the moderator. Please note that the session you are selected for may vary somewhat from the focus of your abstract.

Please email with any questions.


The CAPC National Seminar 2015 is focused on scaling palliative care to all populations in need, regardless of setting, disease type or stage, age or payment model. We are especially interested in long-term care and home settings, palliative care integration in hospitals and across health systems, community-based group practices, approaches to targeting, payment (fee for service versus risk/capitation/global budgeting) and development of effective community partnerships.

Your choice of a primary topic should best reflect the focus of your abstract. You will be given the opportunity to select two additional topics if your abstract overlaps with other categories. High priority topics include:


  • Hospital
    • Start-up
    • Established
    • Small and Rural
    • Tertiary/Teaching
  • Community
    • Cancer Centers
    • Clinic-Based
    • Dialysis Centers
    • Home
    • Long Term Care
    • Outpatient Primary and Specialist Practices
    • Rehabilitation
  • Health Systems


  • Cancer
  • COPD, Respiratory Disease
  • Dementia
  • End-State Liver Disease
  • End-Stage Renal Disease
  • Frail/Geriatric
  • Heart Failure
  • Pediatrics
  • Transplant


  • Administrators
  • Art, Music, Massage, Yoga et al
  • Chaplaincy
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Social work


  • Primary palliative care training
  • Specialist palliative care training

Targeting and Identification of People with Palliative Care Needs

Working with Payers, ACOs and Other Risk-Bearing Models

Research and Quality Improvement

Policy and Advocacy


Timeline and Review

Submissions are due by 5 pm EST January 12, 2015 via CAPC’s online submission system. All submissions will be reviewed by the interdisciplinary Review Panel. Final decisions will be made by late-February.


Criteria for selection:

  • Topic relevance to CAPC seminar audience.
  • Clarity and thoroughness of description.
  • Adherence to submission form requirements/word limits.

Constructing Learning Objectives

  • You will be asked to prepare 3 learning objectives.
  • The following terms are generally not accepted by CME/CEU accrediting agencies: Learn, Understand, Know.
  • In their place, use more active terms:

For Attitude objectives: self-reflect, describe, relate, examine

For Knowledge objectives: describe, list, categorize, analyze, identify

For Skill objectives: use, complete, and demonstrate

Preparing the Full Description — To maximize practical value and utility for our audience, please try to include as much of the following information as possible:

  • Clinical setting and type of organization
  • Patient population(s) served
  • Delivery model (external consultation, hospice bridge program, internal staff training/leadership, internal palliative are expertise etc.)
  • Make up of team by disciplines, funded FTE and actual time commitment to palliative care versus other responsibilities
  • How patients at risk are identified- trigger tools, checklists, MD referral, CNA or RN referral, other triggers?
  • 24/7 coverage?
  • Types of issues addressed- symptoms, goals of care, family support, staff support, staff education, etc.
  • How is the program paid for and by whom? (Grants, federal or philanthropy, provider billing, donor supported, payer supported via managed care, Medicare, integrated duals programs, Managed Medicaid, ACO models.)
  • Outcomes: resident and family satisfaction with care, staff satisfaction, staff retention, ED and hospital visits, hospice referral and hospice LOS, location of death, symptom burden, opioid prescribing etc.
  • What do you wish you had done differently if you had a chance to do it over? Factors that are crucial to your success? Main threats and challenges for sustainability and quality?

The following is provided for your guidance when submitting your abstract through the online submission system.

SAMPLE Submission

Session Title: Educating Hospitalists in a Community Hospital

Faculty: John Smith, MD and Carol Jones, APRN

Brief Description: This session will discuss the efforts at a community hospital to develop a palliative care education program for hospitalists including learner assessment, curricula and project outcomes.

Full Description: The specialist palliative care team at our hospital is working at maximum capacity. To provide a greater spread of palliative care knowledge, our hospital developed a strategic goal of starting a hospitalist training program in primary palliative care. Buy-in was obtained from the CMO, the hospitalist program director as well as 14 hospitalists. A needs assessment was developed and completed by the hospitalists, indicating 4 priority areas for learning: 1. discussing prognosis, 2. resolution, 3. advanced opioid skills, and 4. community resources. An interdisciplinary team developed the curriculum: 12 hours of small group learning including 3 hours of communication skills role-playing exercises and 6 hours of on-line learning. Palliative Care Fast Facts were used as supplementary teaching material. 12 hospitalists completed all the training and completed pre-post tests documenting improved knowledge acquisition. Evaluation data we are tracking includes: how/why the hospitalists are using the Palliative Care service, hospice referrals, ICU transfers and length of stay. Problems of education scheduling and hospitalist resistance to change their practice behavior will be discussed. Our future plans include design of re-enforcing education content to sustain the education gains.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this program, the learner will:
a) List the core components of a hospitalist training program
b) Describe three potential barriers to program initiation and completion
c) List two techniques for obtaining physician buy-in.

Topic Domain(s):

  • Primary Palliative Care Training
  • Hospital
  • Nursing

The deadline for all submissions is January 12, 2015 at 5:00PM ET.

Please email with any questions.