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Optum Hospice Pharmacy Services offers many quality educational programs for its clients. To register, please select the link for the event you wish to attend. This will direct you to the registration page for that event. Be sure to include a valid email address below when registering since the confirmation email will include instructions and link to the webinar. By submitting your registration, you are agreeing to our contact policy. The lunch and learn webinars are jointly provided by LeadingAge Ohio and Optum Hospice Pharmacy Services.

Optum Annual Hospice Conference: June 28-29, 2018 - St. Louis, MO
 - Details will be posted soon, but mark your calendar today!

Regulatory & Quality Update
Healthcare professionals will identify regulatory and quality updates in providing hospice care.
Judi Lund Person, BA, MPH; NHPCO 
     - Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 3:00 PM EST
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     - Thursday, March 22,  2018 - 10:00 AM EST
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The BPSD Tightrope: Walking Between Hospice and Long-Term Care 
Allison Webb, RPh, PharmD, BCGP, CDP; Optum 
     - Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 3:00 PM EST
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     - Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 10:00 AM EST
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Assisted Suicide: The Legal and Ethical Landscape  
Dennis Sullivan, MD, MA; Cedarville University  
     - Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 3:00 PM EST
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     - Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 10:00 AM EST
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Neuropathic Pain: Pathophysiology, Assessment, and Medication Selection 
Through a challenging patient case, neuropathic pain will be defined and treatment options explored. Expect to come away with a deeper understanding of this difficult to manage end-of-life symptom.
Julie K Vandaveer, PharmD, BCGP; Optum 
     - Live Webcast: Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 3:00 PM EST
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     - On-Demand: Available beginning May 7th via the client website 
          (Continuing education credit for on-demand version will be available 6-8 weeks following the live session) 

Moving Through the Fog: Uncovering and Addressing Illicit Drug Use in the Hospice Setting  
As illicit drug use becomes more prominent in the hospice setting, we will discuss the unique challenges in identifying and addressing use by the patient, the family member and the staff member.
Jean O’Leary Pyles, BASW, MSW, LISW-S; OhioHealth Hospice  
     - Live Webcast: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 3:00 PM EST
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     - On-Demand: Available beginning May 21st via the client website 
          (Continuing education credit for on-demand version will be available 6-8 weeks following the live session) 

Special Event: Symptom Management Challenges at End of Life

Optum Hospice Pharmacy Services, in partnership with the Macy Catheter Team recently offered this program which was presented by Amanda Lovell, PharmD, BCGP, from Optum Hospice Pharmacy Services. CLICK HERE for copy of handout.

Description: At the end-of-life, patients frequently lose swallowing ability. As many comfort medications are typically given through an oral route, symptom management can become difficult. This presentation will review common symptoms encountered at end-of-life including pain, nausea, anxiety and agitation. The discussion will examine various routes of administration for treating these symptoms and selecting the appropriate dose and route of administration for common medications used for symptom management at end-of-life.
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     - Recording of the webinar is available at

Optum Annual Hospice Conference 2017

Thank you to everyone who attended the Optum Hospice Conference recently held in Columbus, Ohio. This event was another success story with the highest attendance to date and rave reviews received by all who attended.

Many of the attendees have requested copies of the handouts in electronic format so we have placed copies for each session below. For those who attended, please save a copy of the Continuing Education Certificate to keep for your records (mark each session you attended). Also, if you did not submit your evaluation form following the event, please take a moment to complete it now as your feedback is very important to us (see link below). 

CLICK HERE to complete your evaluation.

Educational Sessions: