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 Hospice Care

What is a good death? It’s an opening question to a conversation that may matter the most. Yet many patients appear to not even start it with either their loved ones or physicians. On Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, from 1-2 pm EDT, Provider magazine will attempt to get the ball rolling on the topic of hospice care and death with dignity. Joining us will be Drs. Joe Rotella, Christian Sinclair, and Eric Widera, members of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Rotella, MD, MBA, HMDC, FAAHPM, is chief medical officer and president elect at AAHPM. He served as chief medical officer for Hosparus, a community-based hospice in Louisville, Ky., for 15 years. During his tenure, he helped establish hospice inpatient units, palliative care consultation services, and a palliative medicine fellowship. Rotella is also founder and sole member (owner) of Catalyst HPM, a health care consulting firm.
 
Sinclair, MD, FAAHPM, is a National Hospice Medical Director for Gentiva Health Services and is based in Overland Park, Kan. He has experience in multiple clinical settings including home visits, palliative care outpatient clinic, inpatient hospice, IDT , hospital based palliative consults, and palliative home health. From 2006-2008, he was Program Director for the University of Kansas/Kansas City Hospice Fellowship Program. Dr. Sinclair is the editor of Pallimed advocating for responsible social media advocacy for health care professionals. In addition he has made multiple local TV, radio and newspaper appearances on end-of-life issues.
 
Widera, MD, is a clinician-educator in the Division of Geriatrics at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). His main goal is to improve the care provided to elderly patients with severe chronic and/or terminal conditions through program development and educational innovations. Eric accomplishes this through various leadership roles, including director of the Hospice & Palliative Care Service at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and program director for the Geriatrics Fellowship at UCSF. He is also a co-founder of GeriPal, a Geriatrics and Palliative Care Blog, as well as ePrognosis, an online set of prognostic calculators for the elderly.
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