Michigan Advance Care Planning Conference: Strengthen Best Practices &

Community Engagement

October 13-14, 2017  |  Lansing, MI

Concurrent Sessions

Friday, October 13, 2017

Session A - Share Best Practice in ACP Community (non-medical system owned)

1. Community-Based ACP Conversations in Well Adults: Reshaping Community Culture

Carol Robinson, DNP, MS, BSN, RN CHPNⓇ, Community Coordinator, Making Choices Michigan

2. Utilizing Technology in Advance Care Planning

Doug Dietzman, Executive Director, Great Lakes Health Connect

Rick Wilkening, Director for Major Accounts and Emerging Solutions, Michigan Health Information Network

3. I’m Dying to Talk with You

Dave Kampfschulte, MA, Director, Amazing Circles Workshops

4. Legalese Meets Medicalese 

Caroline Dellenbusch, JD, Owner, Dellenbusch and Associates, PLC


Session B - Engagement strategies for ACP at all levels

1.Engaging Executive Leadership in the Role of Advance Care Planning

Melinda Gruber. PhD, CFRE, MBA, CEO, Caring Circle; Vice President of Continued Care Services, Lakeland Health

2. ACP – A Community Initiative: Can We Talk?

Cassie Bluhm, DO, UP Health System Marquette 

Kate LaBeau, RN, Advance Care Planning Program Manager, Upper Peninsula Health Plan

3. Sharing Best Practices in ACP Community as Frontline Staff/Facilitator

Jo Foley, PA-C, Physician Assistant, Marquette

Stephanie VanSlyke, BA, RN, Advance Care Planning Coordinator, Munson Medical Center

4. CMS Utilization – Advance Care Planning Reimbursement

Ashley Hunt, RDMS, RVT, BBA, Advance Care Planning Specialist, MidMichigan Health


Session C - Continuing Education issues (pain, ethics, etc.)

1.To Comfort Always...

Tallat Mahmood, MD, Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Greater Lansing and Memorial Cancer Center at Owosso Memorial Hospital

2. Recurrent and Neglected Ethical Challenges in ACP

Devan Stahl, PhD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Ethics, Michigan State University 

3. Learning to Align Care with What Matters Most

Carole Montgomery, MD, FHM, CPE, MHSA, Vice President, Clinically Integrated Pathways, Spectrum Health

Linda Briggs, MSN, MA, RN, Director, Program Development and Research, Respecting Choices®

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Session D - Share the Experience in ACP Medical Systems

1. Recognized Value of ACP

Kate LaBeau, RN, Advance Care Planning Program Manager, Upper Peninsula Health Plan,

2. Person-Centered ACP for Cancer Patients

Dawn Severson, MD, Medical Director of Medical Oncology, Henry Ford Macomb Hospital

Christopher Bissell, MSHA, Administrative Director Oncology Service Line, Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals and Henry Ford Cancer Institute 

3. Strengthening Your Best ACP Practice in a Residential Setting

Tomika Timmons, RN, Nurse Manager, Burcham Hills Retirement Community

Diane Parsons, LBSW, Social Worker, Burcham Hills Retirement Community

4. The Naked Truth: The Price We Pay for Things Unsaid - An Advocate Speaks from Experience 

Julie Wallace, BSS,  Owner, Dog and Pony Communications

Session E - My ACP: Care Beyond the EMR

1. But Wait, What Does Your Patient Want?

Rose Seavolt, BSN, RN, CCP, Respecting Choices®  Next Steps Faculty

2. The Impact of Faith and Culture on Medical Decision Making and Advance Care Planning

Jim Kraft, Mth, Director Advance Care Planning and Collaborative Care, Henry Ford Health Systems

3. It Doesn’t Need to Be an Emergency: How ACP Can Augment Care in the Emergency Department

Kenneth Johnson, MD, FACEP, Chief Medical Officer, Emergency Care Specialists

Greg Mervenne, MD, Former Section Chief Palliative Care, Spectrum Health

Diana Norlund, DO, JD, FACEP, Physician-Attorney, Henn-Lesperance

4. Promoting Goals Grounded in Prognosis: Looking Beyond the Assessment Screen Together

Larry Skendzel, MD, Medical Director, Gundersen Lutheran Hospice

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