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CAPC National Seminar: Take Advantage of Early Bird Rates!

November 10—12, 2011
Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, CA
Register now and save by qualifying for our early bird rates. Choose from a host of new topics and new themes, including: financing concepts; working across the continuum; pediatric palliative care; role of the program manager; palliative care in the ED and ICU; spirituality standards; communication skills and much more!

New Public Opinion Research on Palliative Care

The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) has released new public opinion research that provides an in-depth look at appropriate consumer messages, as well as attitudes and perceptions of palliative care. This research was conducted by Bill McInturff and Elizabeth Harrington of the national polling firm Public Opinion Strategies. It was commissioned by CAPC with generous support from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). Access the summary report of key findings.

Call for Comments to Identify Palliative Care Competencies for Professional Chaplains

HealthCare Chaplaincy (HCC) has received a grant to develop the online educational curriculum that will lead to palliative care subspecialty certification for board certified chaplains by the Association of Professional Chaplains. Take part in identifying the competencies required of professional chaplains on the palliative care team by completing a confidential online survey. For questions, contact Katherine Jankowski, PhD at or (212) 644-1111 x261.
Access the survey

Call for Nominations for ACS Pathfinder in Palliative Care Award

The American Cancer Society (ACS) invites nominations for this year's Pathfinder in Palliative Care Award. Send a letter nominating an individual and describing in detail how his or her contributions have consistently demonstrated ingenuity and innovation with the potential to have a major impact on advancing the field of palliative care. Deadline for nominations: July 29, 2011. For more details and to send in your nominations, contact Rebecca Kirch, e-mail:; mailing address: American Cancer Society, 901 E Street NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20004.

$2 Million Awarded for Palliative Care Research to Improve Care of Seriously Ill Patients

The American Cancer Society and the National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC) are awarding $2 million in research grants to researchers at 12 institutions. The studies will be conducted over the next two years. Learn more about the NPCRC and ACS 2011 Grantees and their research projects.

AAMC President Discusses Need to Embrace Palliative Care

Darrell G. Kirch, MD, President of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) writes about the immense growth of palliative care in the latest issue of AAMC Reporter. Dr. Kirch also points out that the increasing demand for palliative care requires more palliative care physicians.
Read A Word from the President: Embracing the Value of Palliative Medicine

Reimbursement Cuts May Negatively Affect Hospice Care—Particularly in Rural America

A new report released by NHPCO found that, as a result of two recent cuts to Medicare reimbursement, the first regulatory and the second statutory, the overall median Medicare profit margin for the hospice community could decrease from 4 percent in 2008 to minus 11 percent (-11%) by 2019. Further, analysis concludes that 66 percent of hospice programs could have negative margins by the same date. Read the report.

New Toolkit Available for Implementing the Concurrent Care for Children Requirement

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act includes a new provision known as the “Concurrent Care for Children Requirement” (CCCR). The Concurrent Care for Children: Implementation Toolkit is a free new publication to help with the implementation of CCCR (created by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the District of Columbia Pediatric Palliative Care Collaboration).
Access the Toolkit

Palliative Care in Trustee Magazine

Forward the March issue of Trustee to your hospital leadership and other top administrators—including your hospital's development department. The cover story features "Palliative Care's Positive Outcomes" by Diane E. Meier, MD, and J. Brian Cassel, PhD. The article highlights the benefits of palliative care to our nation's hospitals and outlines the latest supporting research.
Read the Article

New Film Provides In-Depth Look of a Patient's Experience With Palliative Care

In a new documentary film, Jim Ray Cooper, a Navy Frogman in the Korean Way, tells the story of his life and his experiences with advanced lung disease and palliative care. As palliative care experts helped him live longer and feel better, Mr. Cooper became passionately committed to increasing public awareness of this new and important medical sub-specialty.
Watch the Video

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New Resource for Palliative Social Workers

The Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work is a comprehensive, evidence-informed text that addresses the needs of professionals who provide interdisciplinary, culturally sensitive, biopsychosocial-spiritual care for patients and families living with life-threatening illness. Social workers from diverse settings will benefit from its international scope and wealth of patient and family narratives. Learn more.

ELNEC-Critical Care Course

August 4-5, 2011
Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel, St. Louis, MO
The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) provides nurse educators with essential training in end-of-life/ palliative care and provides participants with the knowledge and resources to share this with other nursing colleagues. Join leaders in the field, such as IPAL-ICU™ Project Director Judith E. Nelson, MD, who will be presenting on palliative nursing. Learn more.

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CAPC Tools, Training & Technical Assistance

Upcoming Audio Conferences

Enhancing ICU Palliative Care Communication through Nurse Involvement
Thursday, July 28, 2011
1:30—2:30 PM Eastern

CAPC Presents: The Joint Commission Advanced Certification for Palliative Care
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
1:30 PM—2:30 PM Eastern

New Yorkers—There is Still Time to Take Advantage of Funding for CAPC Technical Assistance

The deadline to apply is July 31, 2011. As part of its continued efforts to improve New York State's health care system, the New York State Health Foundation has awarded CAPC a grant to help New York state hospitals develop, strengthen and grow strong palliative care programs. New York State hospitals, and hospices with an established hospital palliative care program partnership, are eligible to enroll at no cost for CAPC technical assistance. Space is limited. Funding is currently available for:

Join the 2011 National Palliative Care Registry™

Annually, when you register your program, you'll be able to:

  • Track your program's structures and processes of care, year after year.
  • Generate reports – now available for programs that completed registration in 2009.
  • Receive a premium listing in the Provider Directory.
  • Be included in prevalence studies.
Go to Registry

Get Answers to Your Questions on the CAPC Forum

Get answers from leading palliative care experts. Access CAPCconnect™ to post your questions or ideas. The CAPC online discussion forum is a free resource for health care professionals who want to share information, exchange ideas, and get advice from their colleagues on operational issues affecting their palliative care programs.

Palliative Care Leadership Centers™ 2011 Training Dates

Plan ahead for 2011! Palliative Care Leadership Centers™ (PCLC) provides intensive, customized operational training and yearlong mentoring for both start-up and established programs. You can choose the training date and location that's right for you. Sessions fill quickly. Please register early.

Convenient Online Courses

CAPC Campus Online™ offers a variety of CME/CE courses that will make a difference to your professional development. Join the hundreds that have enrolled. Courses include: Marketing for Palliative Care Programs; Hospital Cost Avoidance; Calculating Staffing Needs; Billing and Coding; Courses are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Enroll now. Only $35 per course, per student. Learn more and enroll

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Palliative Care in the News

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