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Interprofessional Webinar Series:
An Ethical Framework for Decision-Making in Hospice Care

Funding Disclosure: No commercial funding has been accepted for the activity.

Date and Time: April 5, 2018, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM ET (Live)

Location: Online at

Dr. Timothy W. Kirk, Ethics Consultant
Speaker Name and Title:
Timothy W. Kirk, PhD
Ethics Consultant
MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care

Purpose: Over 35% of all persons who die in the U.S. each year and almost 50% of the persons over age 65 who die in the U.S. each year receive hospice care in their final weeks of life. Most hospice patients receive care in the place they call “home” by a nurse-led interdisciplinary team, a very different experience than receiving care in a hospital by a physician-led team. However, most of the principles, frameworks, and resources in U.S. health care ethics have been developed by and for health care professionals working in hospitals. This webinar explores the core principles and values of the hospice philosophy of care, and presents an ethical framework specifically designed for use in U.S. hospice care.


  1. Describe the nature of ethics
  2. Explain core elements of the hospice philosophy of care
  3. Identify questions of ethical significance in hospice practice
  4. Apply a hospice ethics framework to clinical practice

Target Audience: palliative care specialists, pain specialists, primary care providers, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, registered nurses with a specialty in palliative care/hospice, social workers, allied health professionals, fellows, residents, and medical students.

Criteria for Successful Completion:

  1. Attendance at entire session (mandatory for nurses and pharmacists)
  2. Submission of completed evaluation form (mandatory to receive CE/CME credit for MDs, nurses)
  3. Successful completion of a posttest; 80% passing grade (mandatory to receive CE credit for social workers)

Continuing Education Credits: 1.0

Continuing Education Accreditation:

Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Accreditation Requirements and Policies of the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) through the joint providership of MSSNY and the MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care. MSSNY is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Medical Society of the State of New York designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses:  MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by The Alabama State Nurses Association, an accredited provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Social Workers: MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0242.


Individual:  $25 (includes CME/CE certificate)
Group:  $95 (includes unlimited CME/CE certificates)

System Requirements for Computers and Mobile Devices:

Timothy W. Kirk, PhD, has no financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in these materials. Any discussion of investigational or unlabeled uses of a product will be identified.

Russell K. Portenoy, MD, Planner, has indicated a relationship with AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP and Tabula Rasa for research support. 

No other Planning Committee Member has any disclosures.

Planning Committee Members
Lara Dhingra, PhD
Colleen Fleming-Damon, PhDc, ANP-BC, ACHPN, FT
Myra Glajchen, DSW
Helena Knotkova, PhD
Russell K. Portenoy, MD
Karen Richards, PhD, EdS
Wini Schein, BA