Webinar for Healthcare Professionals: Advance Directives and Advance Care Planning

Wednesday, April 15 12:00 PM Eastern

To share the clinical end-of-life expertise we have developed since 1978, VITAS Healthcare offers free webinars by experienced hospice professionals to educate on the benefits of hospice.

As the US healthcare system shifts to meet the challenges of an aging population, physicians and healthcare providers are embracing the advantages offered by advance care planning (ACP) by incorporating patients’ end-of-life preferences with high-quality care.

This webinar:

  • Examines the history and contemporary application of advance directives
  • Outlines the different types of advance directives
  • Shares practical advice for starting necessary conversations with patients and their families/caregivers
  • Provides details on ACP reimbursement
  • Outlines the importance of ACP for Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) surveys and other quality metrics

Participants will learn about the different types of advance directives, factors to consider and practical advice for starting necessary conversations with patients and their families/caregivers.

Earn one continuing education hour with this free webinar. To earn CE credit, attendees must view the webinar in its entirety, complete an online, post-event evaluation and download their own CE certificate. Participants must register and sign in to the live webinar using the same email address.

Register for this webinar:

Featured VITAS Expert

Dr. Heather Veeder

Heather Veeder, MD

Regional Medical Director - Central Region, VITAS Healthcare

Heather Veeder, MD, is a Regional Medical Director for VITAS Healthcare, the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care. Dr. Veeder oversees the medical care and treatment of VITAS patients in their homes, nursing homes, assisted living communities, inpatient units and personal care homes in Texas, Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri and Kansas. She also consults with patients’ attending physicians, supervises VITAS team physicians, guides staff, and serves as a resource to practicing physicians and other healthcare professionals on the benefits of hospice and palliative care for patients and their families.

Prior to joining VITAS, Dr. Veeder held a Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio. Before that, she served as a physician at an Access MD Urgent Care Center in Dayton, Ohio.

Dr. Veeder earned a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Music from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Oklahoma. She has a Medical Degree from Wright State University. Dr. Veeder completed her residency in Family Medicine at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She is a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, American Academy of Family Physicians, Texas Academy of Family Physicians and the Gold Humanism Society. She is also certified in Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (CPR and AED) and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS).

Nurses and Case Managers

This activity is approved for one continuing education credit hour for nurses (RN, LPN, LVN; in California Registered Nurses only), Social Workers and Certified Case Managers. Licensed Nursing Home Administrators in the states of Florida and Illinois may also receive one hour of continuing education credit. Attendance for the entire online webinar, as well as completion of a brief online evaluation, is required. Certifications are made available after completion.