Webinar for Healthcare Professionals: Advance Directives and Advance Care Planning

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT

Earn one continuing education hour with this free webinar. To earn CE credit, attendees must view at least 50 minutes of the webinar; 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.

More physicians and healthcare providers are embracing the importance of advance care planning (ACP) as a result of ongoing healthcare reform, an aging US population and Medicare's perspective on the value of advance directives to document patients' end-of-life preferences.

This webinar:

  • Examines the history of advance directives
  • Provides details on ACP reimbursement
  • Outlines the importance of ACP for HEDIS and other healthcare metrics

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

Featured VITAS Expert

Heather Veeder, MD

Regional Medical Director - San Antonio, VITAS Healthcare

Heather Veeder is a Medical Director for VITAS Heatlthcare, 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 San Antonio, Texas. 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).

VITAS Continuing Education Details

VITAS Healthcare programs in California/Connecticut/Delaware/Illinois/Northern Virginia/Ohio/Pennsylvania/Washington DC/Wisconsin are provided CE credit for their Social Workers through VITAS Healthcare Corporation, provider #1222, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. VITAS Healthcare maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: (06/06/18 - 06/06/21). Social Workers participating in this course will receive 1 clinical continuing education clock hour.

To request accommodations for disability (ADA), contact webinars@vitas.com prior to the course event. All requests should be granted per VITAS, state and federal ADA requirements.

If you have a complaint or grievance regarding the VITAS continuing education process, email: Tammy.Quinn@vitas.com.

This activity is approved for one continuing education credit hour for all nurses (in California, registered nurses only), social workers and certified case managers. Florida-licensed nursing home administrators may also receive one hour of continuing education credit.

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