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Live CE Webinar | What Happens When the Patient Doesn’t Die? Understanding Live Discharge from Hospice Care
Thursday, October 21, 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST
Category: Webinars

Though hospice is strongly associated with death, some enrolled hospice patients do not decline as quickly as predicted leading to what is referred to as a ‘live discharge.’ In 2018, 6.3% of all hospice discharges were patients discharged alive due to no longer meeting eligibility requirements(nearly 90,000 patients annually). As hospice enrollment continues to increase, it is expected the numbers of individuals discharged alive will also grow and the need for specialized support for both patients and caregivers will be critical. 

Presented by Cara L. Wallace, PhD, LMSW, APHSW-C and Stephanie Wladkowski, PhD, LMSW, ACHP-SW, this presentation will provide participants with an understanding of the live discharge process, the policy and practice challenges for hospice agencies within current discharge practices, and how to become involved in improving care delivery and care transitions related to live discharges. 

At the end of the session, participants will be able to: 

  • Define the unique characteristics of a live discharge from hospice for patients and caregivers.
  • Illustrate patient and caregiver needs and challenges following a live discharge from hospice.
  • Describe ways clinicians/agencies can participate in an ongoing research opportunity on understanding the impact of live discharge.

Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 12:00 pm EDT / 9:00 a.m. PDT

Cost: FREE for both SWHPN members and non-members. Register here.

We highly recommend you use a personal email address to register. Many hospital systems and hospices filter organizational emails and we don't want you to miss important announcements, CE certificates, or post-webinar surveys. An email to join the webinar will be emailed to attendees prior to the start of the webinar.

Presenter Info:

Cara L. Wallace, PhD, LMSW, APHSW-C is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Saint Louis University. Her research focuses on issues related to end-of-life care within three related areas: (1) barriers to care; (2) quality of care; and (3) educating students, professionals, and the general population to face issues surrounding death, illness, loss and grief. She coordinates SLU's Interprofessional Gerontology Certificate program and teaches Values and Ethics and direct practice courses related to end-of-life, aging and healthcare. Dr. Wallace's research and teaching are informed by years of practice experience in hospice and hospital systems and she is the 2020 recipient of SWHPN’s Award for Excellence in Psychosocial Research. She serves on several local and national end-of-life/aging focused boards and was recently selected as a 2020 recipient of the Cambia Health Foundation Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program.


Stephanie P. Wladkowski, PhD, LMSW, is an Associate Professor at Eastern Michigan University School of Social Work. Dr. Wladkowski has several years of clinical practice as a social worker in hospice and palliative care, which directly informs her research and teaching in health, aging, interprofessional education, and end-of-life care. Dr. Wladkowski’s current research focuses on live discharge from hospice, centering on psychosocial factors relevant to this care transition for patients and caregivers. Her research frequently seeks to identify social work practice opportunities and understanding the impact of health policies in aging and end-of-life care.

Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network aka SWHPN, #1716, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network aka SWHPN maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 7/18/2020 – 7/18/2023.

Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network 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 #SW-0503.

Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 1 continuing education clock hour.


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