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Goals of Care Conversations, Hospice and Medications in Advanced Illness

Total Credits: 1 AOA Category 1-A Credit (MOA)

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Family Medicine |  1-A AOA CME |  Continuing Education |  General Practice |  Geriatrics |  Hospice/Palliative Care |  MOA |  Patient Needs |  Primary Care
Nathan Harmon DO,  |  Elizabeth Hart,
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Session Goals:

  1. To understand how hospice may help achieve patient goals
  2. To understand eligibility for hospice and benefits of early referrals
  3. To use a framework for de-prescribing medications based on patient goals and time to benefit
  4. To review global communication techniques and discuss approaches to goals of care conversations
    • Prognostication
    • Communication
    • Serious News



Nathan Harmon DO Related seminars and products: 1

Dr. Harmon received his osteopathic degree from UNECOM, followed by a family medicine residency and geriatric fellowship at Maine-Dartmouth.  He worked as a primary care physician, emergency physician, hospitalist, medical director and then completed a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Maine Medical Center. He now serves as the director of inpatient geriatrics at MaineGeneral medical center in Augusta.

Elizabeth Hart Related seminars and products: 1

Elizabeth Balsam Hart, MD is a family physician with additional board certifications in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Geriatrics. She is a certified Hospice Medical Director (HMDC.) An honors graduate of Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges and Dartmouth Medical School, she completed her family medicine residency and her geriatric fellowship at Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency in Augusta.  She is a graduate of the Practice Change Fellowship (PCF) a national program supported by the Hartford Foundation and Atlantic Philanthropies to advance excellence in geriatric leadership. She enjoyed her two-year local PCF project ”Cultivating Meaningful Conversations to Guide Care,” which focused on launching the POLST (Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) program in Maine. She has been a facilitator and project scholar for the Maine Humanities Council's Literature and Medicine program, has taught medical humanities and has a background in medical ethics. She enjoys collaborating with staff across all programs as Director of Medical Services at Androscoggin Home Heathcare + Hospice.

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