Relevant Programs that Provide Meaningful Insight

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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!

I Promised Mom I Would Take Her Home! Guiding Families through Care Transitions   
Healthcare Professionals will identify strategies to help guide families through care transitions.
Kristy Matheson, BA, LSW, CDP; Hospice of the Miami Valley  
     - Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 3:00 PM EST
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     - Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 10:00 AM EST
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Mega What? Understanding How the New Long Term Care Regulations Impact Hospice Care in Nursing Facilities
Healthcare professionals will identity the new requirements for PRN psychotropic use for residents of LTC facilities.
Bridget McCrate Protus, PharmD, MLIS, BCGP; Optum 
     - Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 3:00 PM EST
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     - Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 10:00 AM EST
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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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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: