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Webinar for Healthcare Professionals: End Stage COPD — Meeting Patients' Challenges

Reducing Readmissions | Continuing Education | VITAS Healthcare

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the third-leading cause of death in America, yet less than 9 percent of those patients near the end of life are admitted to hospice. This webinar looks at the effects of COPD and other Advanced Lung Diseases (ALD) and how palliative care and hospice can improve patient care and clinical outcomes.

Earn one continuing education hour with this free webinar.

Attendees of this webinar will learn to:

  • Define and understand the types of ALDs
  • Understand the patient and caregiver distress associated with COPD and ALD
  • Learn how hospice services can alleviate distress for patients, caregivers and referral sources
  • Identify patients, through actual patient profiles, who can benefit from hospice

Thank you for attending this webinar that was held on July 14, 2016

This course is approved for one continuing education credit hour for Registered Nurses and Social Workers as well as approval for Certified Case Managers. Attendance for the entire online webinar, as well as completion of a brief online survey, is required; certifications are made available after completion.
Featured VITAS expert:
Hari Nagaraj MD| VITAS Healthcare
Hari Nagaraj, MD, FACP
Medical Director
VITAS Healthcare, Sacramento

As a VITAS medical director, Hari Nagaraj, MD, FACP, oversees the medical care and treatment of VITAS patients in homes, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and residential care facilities in California’s Sacramento area. He also consults with patients’ attending physicians, supervises VITAS team physicians, guides staff and volunteers, and serves as a resource to healthcare professionals on the benefits of hospice and palliative care.

Dr. Nagaraj is board certified in hospice and palliative medicine, internal medicine, pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine. Dr. Nagaraj joined VITAS in 2011. He is in private practice with Pulmonary Medicine, Infectious Disease Control and Critical Care Consultants in Carmichael. He is a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and a member of the American College of Physicians, the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society.

Dr. Nagaraj earned his medical degree from Kilpauk Medical College at Madras in Chennai, India. He completed a residency at Atlantic City Medical Center in Absecon, New Jersey, a fellowship in critical care medicine at the Hospitals of the University Health Center of Medicine of Pittsburgh, and a fellowship in pulmonary medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark.