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Community Based Palliative Care: How to Integrate Your Program into the Community Kathy Ahearn, Ahearn Advisement
Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT
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Community Based Palliative Care:

How to Integrate Your Program into the Community

(90-minute webinar – recording also available)


Wednesday, May 26, 2021

9:00 AM Hawaiian        11:00 AM Alaskan

12:00 PM Pacific          1:00 PM Mountain

2:00 PM Central          3:00 PM Eastern


Community-based palliative care is well positioned to be the bridge across the continuum of care settings as we move to a more patient-centric healthcare system.



  • Identify candidates for a community-based palliative care (CBPC) program
  • Define requirements of a CBPC program
  • Discuss the value of community-based palliative care
  • Evaluate if a community needs a CBPC program
  • Identify what payer sources are requiring of CBPC programs
  • Explain the difference between hospice and palliative care and how your agency can integrate palliative care into the community



There is strong evidence proving community-based palliative care can significantly impact quality of life, resulting in more compassionate, affordable, and sustainable high-quality care, including improving hospice use. Many hospital systems have palliative care programs, but after discharge the continuation of palliative care in a community-based program continues to be a challenge.


This webinar will address the benefits and value of a community-based palliative care program, including how palliative care can serve people during a national health crisis like COVID-19. It will examine key program principles and requirements and how to identify potential integration and growth areas. Payer source opportunities for program integration will also be covered. Characteristics and best practices of CBPC programs will be reviewed to help your agency benchmark for quality, policies, and training.



  • Hospice
  • Home Health
  • Palliative Care



Any agency considering expanding their services and programs into the community with palliative care should attend. This webinar is recommended for everyone in the organization, including board members, executive management, leadership, administration, DOPCS personnel, clinical leaders, medical directors, business development teams, marketing and liaison staff, palliative care certified MDs, case managers, intake staff, quality and compliance personnel, admission team nurses, and field staff.



  • The Case for Community-Based Palliative Care
  • Palliative Care in the Home: A Guide to Program Design
  • Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care
  • Financing Community-Based Palliative Care
  • Standardization and Scaling of a Community-Based Palliative Care Model
  • America’s Care of Serious Illness, A State-By-State Report Card on Access to Palliative Care in Our Nation’s Hospitals (2019)
  • Valuable weblinks to CBPC information
  • PDF of slides and speaker’s contact info for follow-up questions



Kathy Ahearn, RN, BSN, PHN, Ahearn Advisement Partners

Kathy Ahearn has a Bachelor’s in both Nursing and Social Work, and owns Ahearn Advisement Partners.  With over 30 years working and serving the healthcare community the combination of nursing and social work has served her well.  She has worked in a variety of post-acute care settings with an emphasis on home health and hospice, home infusion, homecare, and skilled nursing as a PICC and compliance expert.  Kathy has a unique ability to identify agency challenges and opportunities, quickly providing education, support, and mentoring to organizations, guiding them to a new level of operation. 


Kathy helped develop pain scales to standardize assessment with the American Pain Society and the Joint Commission, which lead to identifying pain as the 5th vital sign.  She was a trailblazer in the retail pharmacy world introducing the Joint Commission to the retail setting for disease state accreditation and reimbursement.  In addition to developing manuals and policies, Kathy expanded into medical device as a Managed Care Director developing one of the first real-time cloud-based disease specific software programs to assist patients, clinicians, and managed care organizations improve outcomes and collect data. 


Kathy began healthcare work due to a disabled parent and later a child living with chronic disease state.  She has experienced healthcare professionally and personally, dedicating her life to it and to working as a change agent for the betterment of all served.



1. Live Webinar Includes

  • Unlimited connections to the Live Webinar for your agency
  • Handout and take-away toolkit
  • Available on desktop, mobile & tablet
  • Presenter's contact info for follow-up


2. Recorded Webinar Includes

  • Recording of the Live Webinar
  • Can be viewed anytime 24/7, beginning 2 business days after the Live Webinar
  • Handout and take-away toolkit
  • Available on desktop, mobile & tablet
  • Free Digital Download, yours to keep
  • Share link with anyone at your agency
  • Presenter's contact info for follow-up


3. Purchase the BOTH Option to receive all the benefits listed above! Full registration descriptions can be found here.


If you need help with anything, please drop us an email at [email protected] or call 406.442.2585.

Contact: Sidnie Kane - [email protected] - 4064422585