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The Hospice Pharmacist - Basic Course


 
 
 
 
 
 
This online CE program is designed to introduce pharmacists to end-of-life issues and the care of patients in hospice. The 10 modules are presented by nationally-recognized experts in the field of hospice and palliative care. The participant will be introduced to many topics important in the development and maintenance of a hospice practice, working with and communicating within a hospice team, and managing common challenges in pain management. Completion of this package meets the requirements of the Claritas CPESN Network and prepares individuals for additional patient care topics in the advanced course (separate registration required). 
 
Pharmacists can complete this course on-demand, from the comfort of home. All modules are delivered fully online, for your convenience!
 
 

Fee

$250.00

CE Hours

9.25

Activity Type

  • Knowledge

Target Audience(s)

  • Pharmacists

Accreditation(s)

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
St. Louis College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Requirements for CE Credit

To claim continuing pharmacy education credit, all pharmacists must complete the following steps for each module:
  1. Log in and navigate to this pag (click "My Account" after logging in to view current registrations).
  2. Watch the video (click the + on the module to expand)
  3. Complete the post-test.
  4. Complete the evaluation.
Upon successful completion of an evaluation, a report will be generated using the NABP ePID and date of birth that are connected with your profile. This report will be automatically submitted to CPE Monitor. Please allow up to 48 hours for CPE Monitor to sync with NABP. Participants are responsible for ensuring accurate credit reporting. If a participant believes an error has been made, they should contact our office as soon as possible to resolve the issue. Credit cannot be awarded or corrected after the expiration date on each module has passed.
 

 

 

   

Objectives

  • Discuss the culture and history of hospice.
  • Define hospice and palliative care, with specific attention to areas of overlap and difference.
  • Identify common admission diagnoses and demographics for patients receiving palliative care or hospice services.
  • Describe the interdisciplinary team for both hospice and palliative care.

Speaker(s)/Author(s)

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Chris Herndon, PharmD, CPE, FASHP


Brief Bio : Chris Herndon, PharmD, CPE, FASHP is a Professor with the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) School of Pharmacy. Currently, Dr. Herndon sees chronic pain patients in a multidisciplinary setting within a family medicine residency clinic. Dr. Herndon’s scholarship interest focuses primarily on pain and palliative care education and he is the Principal Investigator for the National Institutes of Health Center of Excellence in Pain Education at SIUE. Dr. Herndon is the president-elect for the Society of Palliative Care Pharmacists. He is the 2006 recipient of the “Pain Champion Award” from the Alliance of State Pain Initiatives, the 2012 recipient of the “Academic Pain Educator of the Year Award” from the American Society of Pain Educators, the 2016 “Pharmacist of the Year” from the Illinois Pharmacist’s Association, and the 2018 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the American Pain Society.

Activity Number

0033-0000-18-045-H04-P

Release Date: Dec 15, 2018
Credit Expiration Date: Dec 15, 2021

CE Hours

0.75
   

   

Objectives

  • Describe roles for pharmacists in hospice care including direct patient care, medication order review and reconciliation, education and medication counseling and administrative roles.
  • Describe best practices medication order review and reconciliation.
  • Describe payment models for pharmacist-provided care in hospice.

Speaker(s)/Author(s)

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Mary Lynn McPherson, Pharm.D., MA, MDE, BCPS


Brief Bio : Dr. Mary Lynn McPherson is a Professor and Executive Director, Advanced Post-Graduate Education in Palliative Care at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. She is also the Program Director of the Online Master of Science and Graduate Certificate Program in Palliative Care offered by the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Dr. McPherson has practiced in hospice and palliative care her entire career, publishes extensively in this area, and is a frequent presenter at the local, state, national and international level on appropriate medication use in serious illness.

Activity Number

0033-0000-18-062-H04-P

Release Date: Dec 15, 2018
Credit Expiration Date: Dec 15, 2021

CE Hours

1.00
   

   

Objectives

  • Describe Medicare guidelines for the most common admitting terminal diagnoses to hospice care.
  • Make recommendations to optimize the medication regimen to manage pain and non-pain symptoms, optimal dosage formulations, and discontinue medically futile medications.
  • Describe best practices in transitions in care from an acute care facility to home-based hospice in terms of medication management.

Speaker(s)/Author(s)

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Mary Lynn McPherson, Pharm.D., MA, MDE, BCPS


Brief Bio : Dr. Mary Lynn McPherson is a Professor and Executive Director, Advanced Post-Graduate Education in Palliative Care at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. She is also the Program Director of the Online Master of Science and Graduate Certificate Program in Palliative Care offered by the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Dr. McPherson has practiced in hospice and palliative care her entire career, publishes extensively in this area, and is a frequent presenter at the local, state, national and international level on appropriate medication use in serious illness.

Activity Number

0033-0000-18-063-H04-P

Release Date: Dec 15, 2018
Credit Expiration Date: Dec 15, 2021

CE Hours

1.00
   

   

Objectives

  • List three example policies/procedures that pharmacists may develop in hospice care.
  • Describe what is meant by a medication formulary and how it would be operationalized in a hospice program.
  • Describe ways that the hospice pharmacist can provide education.

Speaker(s)/Author(s)

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Mary Lynn McPherson, Pharm.D., MA, MDE, BCPS


Brief Bio : Dr. Mary Lynn McPherson is a Professor and Executive Director, Advanced Post-Graduate Education in Palliative Care at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. She is also the Program Director of the Online Master of Science and Graduate Certificate Program in Palliative Care offered by the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Dr. McPherson has practiced in hospice and palliative care her entire career, publishes extensively in this area, and is a frequent presenter at the local, state, national and international level on appropriate medication use in serious illness.

Activity Number

0033-0000-18-064-H04-P

Release Date: Dec 15, 2018
Credit Expiration Date: Dec 15, 2021

CE Hours

1.00
   

   

Objectives

  • List non-oral administration methods available for the delivery of medications at the end of life.
  • Identify examples when non-oral administration of symptom management medications are warranted.
  • Describe risks and benefits of commonly used administration routes at the end of life.
  • Differentiate pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic differences in medications administered via alternative administration modalities.

Speaker(s)/Author(s)

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Chris Herndon, PharmD, CPE, FASHP


Brief Bio : Chris Herndon, PharmD, CPE, FASHP is a Professor with the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) School of Pharmacy. Currently, Dr. Herndon sees chronic pain patients in a multidisciplinary setting within a family medicine residency clinic. Dr. Herndon’s scholarship interest focuses primarily on pain and palliative care education and he is the Principal Investigator for the National Institutes of Health Center of Excellence in Pain Education at SIUE. Dr. Herndon is the president-elect for the Society of Palliative Care Pharmacists. He is the 2006 recipient of the “Pain Champion Award” from the Alliance of State Pain Initiatives, the 2012 recipient of the “Academic Pain Educator of the Year Award” from the American Society of Pain Educators, the 2016 “Pharmacist of the Year” from the Illinois Pharmacist’s Association, and the 2018 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the American Pain Society.

Activity Number

0033-0000-18-041-H01-P

Release Date: Dec 15, 2018
Credit Expiration Date: Dec 15, 2021

CE Hours

0.75
   

   

Objectives

  • Assess a complaint of pain in a real or simulated patient enrolled in hospice.
  • List commonly used opioid analgesics in the hospice organization.
  • Use appropriate equianalgesic conversion tables to convert between different opioids and routes of administration.
  • Anticipate common adverse effects of opioids.

Speaker(s)/Author(s)

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Chris Herndon, PharmD, CPE, FASHP


Brief Bio : Chris Herndon, PharmD, CPE, FASHP is a Professor with the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) School of Pharmacy. Currently, Dr. Herndon sees chronic pain patients in a multidisciplinary setting within a family medicine residency clinic. Dr. Herndon’s scholarship interest focuses primarily on pain and palliative care education and he is the Principal Investigator for the National Institutes of Health Center of Excellence in Pain Education at SIUE. Dr. Herndon is the president-elect for the Society of Palliative Care Pharmacists. He is the 2006 recipient of the “Pain Champion Award” from the Alliance of State Pain Initiatives, the 2012 recipient of the “Academic Pain Educator of the Year Award” from the American Society of Pain Educators, the 2016 “Pharmacist of the Year” from the Illinois Pharmacist’s Association, and the 2018 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the American Pain Society.

Activity Number

0033-0000-18-042-H01-P

Release Date: Dec 15, 2018
Credit Expiration Date: Dec 15, 2021

CE Hours

1.00
   

   

Objectives

  • Describe common end of life pain syndromes.
  • Identify non-opioid analgesics and adjuvants used in the treatment of pain at the end of life.
  • Anticipate common adverse effects of non-opioid analgesics and adjuvants.
  • Design a therapeutic drug treatment plan to treat pain in a real or simulated patient at the end of life.

Speaker(s)/Author(s)

Chris Herndon picture

Chris Herndon, PharmD, CPE, FASHP


Brief Bio : Chris Herndon, PharmD, CPE, FASHP is a Professor with the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) School of Pharmacy. Currently, Dr. Herndon sees chronic pain patients in a multidisciplinary setting within a family medicine residency clinic. Dr. Herndon’s scholarship interest focuses primarily on pain and palliative care education and he is the Principal Investigator for the National Institutes of Health Center of Excellence in Pain Education at SIUE. Dr. Herndon is the president-elect for the Society of Palliative Care Pharmacists. He is the 2006 recipient of the “Pain Champion Award” from the Alliance of State Pain Initiatives, the 2012 recipient of the “Academic Pain Educator of the Year Award” from the American Society of Pain Educators, the 2016 “Pharmacist of the Year” from the Illinois Pharmacist’s Association, and the 2018 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the American Pain Society.

Activity Number

0033-0000-18-043-H01-P

Release Date: Dec 15, 2018
Credit Expiration Date: Dec 15, 2021

CE Hours

1.00
   

   

Objectives

  • Distinguish between the Do’s and Don’ts of establishing expectations with the hospice staff and your pharmacy team.
  • Define key features for a successful afterhours communications process.
  • Identify opportunities for pharmacists to play a key role in staff and patient education.

Speaker(s)/Author(s)

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Ashley Merritt, Pharm.D., AE-C
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Robert Silvey VA Clinic


Brief Bio : Ashley Merritt Pharm.D., AE-C currently serves as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist with the Robert Silvey VA Clinic in Farmington, Missouri. She grew up on a small horse & cattle ranch in the area, returning home to expand ambulatory clinical pharmacy services.

Activity Number

0033-0000-18-051-H04-P

Release Date: Dec 15, 2018
Credit Expiration Date: Dec 15, 2021

CE Hours

0.75
   

   

Objectives

  • Identify appropriateness of medications used in hospice.
  • Discuss the benefits of deprescribing in hospice.
  • Describe rules and regulations affecting payment of medications.

Speaker(s)/Author(s)

Amanda Daniels, Pharm.D.
Pain Management & Palliative Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital


Brief Bio : Amanda Daniels graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy in 2016. She then went on to complete a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and a PGY2 Pain Management and Palliative Care Residency with Hospice of Southern Illinois. Upon completion of residency, she will be working as a pain management and palliative care clinical pharmacy specialist at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.

Activity Number

0033-0000-18-044-H04-P

Release Date: Dec 15, 2018
Credit Expiration Date: Dec 15, 2021

CE Hours

1.00
   

   

Needs Post-Test

Objectives

  • Describe the four primary ethical principles and how they relate to end of life scenarios.
  • Describe the ethical issues related to the process of health care decision making and informed consent (e.g., MOLST/POLST forms, advance directives, code status orders, health care proxy decision making).
  • Describe the ethical issues related to medication decision making at the end of life (e.g., withholding, withdrawing therapies, palliative sedation, double effect).

Speaker(s)/Author(s)

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Kathryn Walker, Pharm.D., BCPS, CPE
Senior Clinical and Scientific Director for Palliative Care , MedStar Health System


Brief Bio : Kathryn Anne Walker, Pharm.D., BCPS, CPE is the Senior Clinical and Scientific Director for Palliative Care for MedStar Health System. She is charged with developing clinical outcomes, research and education along with developing the palliative clinical services at the ten hospitals and in the outpatient community of MedStar Health. She also serves as an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy where she contributes to both didactic and experiential pharmacy education. Dr. Walker’s passion for safe and appropriate medication use includes a major focus on relief of suffering and drives her efforts in clinical practice, research and education.

Activity Number

0033-0000-18-054-H04-P

Release Date: Dec 15, 2018
Credit Expiration Date: Dec 15, 2021

CE Hours

1.00