2017 Annual Conference

CMSNE 28th
Annual Conference

Focus on the Future – Keeping a Keen Eye on Tomorrow

Thursday, September 28, 2017
Friday, September 29, 2017

Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center, Southbridge, MA

Conference Purpose and Objectives

Confusion, upheaval, and turmoil – just some of what is knocking on healthcare’s door.  How do we, as professional Case Managers, stay informed about the issues affecting our daily practice and the health care of those we serve?  New legislation and modifications to existing regulations are inevitable, as is strain on our workflow and caseloads.  We address these challenges by remaining focused on our future, preparing ourselves with knowledge, and actively engaging in change.  We play our part by educating stakeholders about the critical role we play, sharing our perspectives about pending legislation, developing new protocols and procedures and most importantly, advocating for our clients and for ourselves. We keep a keen eye on events in healthcare and in so doing, we strengthen professional case management practice through the compassionate and ethical coordination of our clients’ care.

Upon completion of the conference the attendees will have the knowledge to be able to:

  • Recognize the impact of legislative and regulatory changes on case management practice and care coordination.
  • Address the needs of healthcare professionals working in challenging environments. 
  • Examine common ethical situations and applicability in your clients’ care.

General Session Speakers

Thursday, September 28, 2017
BEING MORTAL: The Ethics of Medicine and What Matters in the End
Earn 3  Ethics credits towards CCM Renewal

Kara Chapdelaine is a Liaison for Beacon Hospice an Amedisys company. What drives Kara is her passion for ensuring that everyone has the right care at the right time. She specializes in transitioning patients home from the hospital with hospice services in place. Kara works side by side with her patients and their families, Case Management, Social Work, the medical team, palliative care, and her own clinical team. She works as a resource for the hospitals she services and her patients and families. Kara knows that hospice is a gift at the end of life and has made it her mission to share this gift with as many people as possible.

Ashraf Elkerm, MD is the Associate Medical Director of Beacon Hospice, as well as the onsite physician at Life Care Centers of Leominster where he was named in 2016 the Physician of the Year for Life Care Centers of America’s Northeast Division. Dr. Elkerm is passionate in regards to providing educational opportunities to his nursing staff and has initiated a program called Clinical Pearls, in which questions regarding clinical matters can be asked and answered. He graduated from the University of Alexandria, completed his residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Worcester, MA and has been in practice for over 35 years. He is very well known and respected throughout Worcester County care and compassion.

Mike Fleming is the Senior Vice President for Marketing and Development for Amedisys Hospice. In this role is responsible for defining, developing, and driving strategies to drive organizational growth and advancement. Mike has an extensive work experience in the healthcare arena and has been a key player in the development of the Being Mortal educational program offered by Amedisys. His passion on the importance of educating individuals regarding end of life conversations is a driving force in his professional career.

Special Session
Integrating Primary and Behavioral Health Care through MassHealth Systems Transformation

Lydia Conley serves as Vice President of Mental Health for Association for Behavioral Health (ABH). Her primary responsibility is for oversight of managed care issues, and she staffs the Community-Based Flexible Supports (CBFS) Committee, Billing, Rules, Regulations & Policy Committee, and the PACT Committee. Upon completing her undergraduate degree, Lydia worked in the MA legislature for three years as a legislative aide to the House Vice-Chair of the legislative Health Care Committee. Lydia also holds a Juris Doctor degree from New England School of Law and is a member of the MA bar. Prior to ABH, Lydia served in a number of leadership roles at the MA Department of Transitional Assistance, most recently as Assistant Commissioner for Policy, Programs and External Relations. In this role, she engaged in public program and policy development on a range of issues affecting low-income individuals and families.

Vic DiGravio is President/CEO of Association for Behavioral Health (ABH), a leader in addressing public policy and financing issues impacting behavioral healthcare services in MA. ABH and Vic played leading roles in the Campaign to Strengthen Human Services which resulted in enactment of Chapter 257 of the Acts of 2008 and the Campaign for Addiction Prevention, Treatment and Recovery which led to the successful fight to repeal the sales tax exemption on alcohol sold in stores at that time. More recently, Vic and ABH spearheaded the fight for passage of Chapter 258 of the Acts of 2014, transformative legislation to increase access to addiction treatment in MA. Soon after becoming President/CEO, Vic, in partnership with the Board of Directors, led an effort to rebrand the organization to better position it as the preeminent association representing community-based mental health and addiction treatment organizations in MA. Vic serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Council for Behavioral Health (The National Council). He is also Chair of The National Council's Association Executives Group which is comprised of state association directors from across the country. Vic is a graduate of Connecticut College and Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and has extensive experience in governmental affairs and the not-for-profit sector.

Friday, September 29, 2017
Trends, Challenges, and the Growing Roles for Case Management in 2017

Cheri Lattimer, RN, BSN, is Executive Director for the National Transitions of Care Coalition (NTOCC). Her leadership in quality improvement, case management, care coordination, and transitions of care is known on the national and international landscape. She has been invited to present her work at national and international conferences, including the Anna Reynvaan Lecture at the University of Amsterdam. Additionally, in presentations to more than 900 nurses from the Netherlands and Belgium, she lectured on the topic of integrated nursing health management of the complex patient. Her work has been featured in several publications, including the Healthcare Executive, Dorland’s Case In Point, Professional Case Management, and Seniority. She was also a contributor and reviewer for the Case Management Society of America (CMSA) Core Curriculum for Case Management and The Integrated Case Management Manual Assisting Complex Patients Regain Physical and Mental Health. She is also affiliated with many professional organizations and maintains active roles on several national boards and committees including CMSA, URAC, Roundtable on Critical Care Policy, CMS Caregiver Workgroup, and American Nurses Association.

Friday, September 29, 2017
Embracing Change: Integrated Self-Care or Survival 101?

Russell Hilliard, PhD, LCSW, LCAT, MT-BC, CHRC is the Senior VP, Patient Experience & Staff Development at Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care based out of Chicago, IL and the Founder of the Center for Music Therapy in End of Life Care.

His research, advocacy, and consultation have resulted in the development of first- time music therapy programs in hospices throughout the nation, thereby creating many new music therapy positions. He is the author of the text, Hospice and Palliative Care Music Therapy: A Guide to Program Development and Clinical Care, and his research has been published in a wide variety of scholarly journals. He also wrote a chapter titled, Music and Grief Work with Children and Adolescents, in a book titled Creative Interventions with Traumatized Children, edited by Cathy A. Malchiodi. Dr. Hilliard has provided keynote addresses for healthcare conferences and is a frequent presenter at professional conferences world wide.

Hotel Accommodations

If you have not yet made your overnight hotel arrangements, the Southbridge Hotel is sold out.  Alternative arrangements have been made at the Publick House in Sturbridge, MA, approximately 5 miles from the conference site.  The Publick House will honor the same $109 overnight room rate as the Southbridge Hotel.  To make reservations call 508-347-3313, ask for the CMSNE rate.