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7:00 PM - 9:00 PMNetworking Reception

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7:00 AM - 8:00 AMRegistration & Networking Breakfast with Sponsors & Exhibitors
8:00 AM - 8:30 AMWelcome, ACMA Announcements & Chapter Business Meeting
8:30 AM - 9:30 AMSession 1: Hot Topics in Medicare Regulations
9:30 AM - 10:15 AMNetworking Break with Sponsors & Exhibitors
10:15 AM - 11:45 AMSession 2: Linking Veterans to VA Resources: A Panel Discussion
11:45 AM - 12:45 PMNetworking Lunch with Sponsors & Exhibitors
12:45 PM - 1:05 PMDoor Prize Giveaways
1:05 PM - 2:05 PMSession 3: Positively Recharged
2:10 PM - 3:10 PMSession 4: Bereavement & Grief Support for Children
3:10 PM - 3:20 PMBreak
3:20 PM - 4:25 PMSession 5: Ethics in Case Management

Session 1: Hot Topics in Medicare Regulations

Ronald Hirsch, MD, FACP, CHCQM
Vice President · Regulations and Education
R1 Physician Advisory Services · Chicago, IL

Keeping up with Medicare regulations and the policy changes that are needed to comply wit those regulations is a daunting task. Yet failure to follow a Medicare regulation can have dire consequences for the hospital. In this session, which coincides with the start of the 2018 inpatient rule, Dr. Hirsch will review the latest regulatory changes and provide practical guidance to apply those regulations at your facility.


  1. Understand the 2018 Inpatient regulation changes
  2. Detail the proposed 2018 Outpatient regulations
  3. Review new guidance on existing regulations

Session 2: Linking Veterans to VA Resources: A Panel Discussion

Martha Carlson, Ph.D.
DOM 123 Program Manager · Mental Health
Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center · Milwaukee, WI

Jason Fischer, MSW, LCSW
Transition and Care Management, OEF/OIF Outreach Coordinator, Outpatient Mental Health Outpatient · Mental Health Division
Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center · Milwaukee, WI

Al Hanley, MSW, CISW
Program Manager · Community Based Services RECC
Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center · Milwaukee, WI

This panel will discuss resources available to veterans and how to access those resources.They will address needs of veterans recently returning from service, as well as veterans who served in previous conflicts. Support addressed will include home care, primary care, residential and mental health support.


  1. Identify three services available to veterans
  2. Recognize how to access VA resources
  3. Refer the veteran to support through their local VA clinic or medical clinic

Session 3: Positively Recharged

Ellen F. Hester, BS, MS
Motivational Speaker/Trainer
· Monroe, GA

Become infectious with a positivity that spreads into an epidemic of enthusiastic attitudes which produce excellent skills and effective results.


  1. Become alert to the symptoms of negativity
  2. Be motivated to radically reverse apathy to enthusiasm and mediocrity to excellence
  3. Shift perspective of differences that disconnect the team

Session 4: Bereavement & Grief Support for Children

Leslie Scott, MS, CCLS, CIMI
Child Life Specialist · Family Services
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin · Wauwatosa, WI

Nicole Schwerman-Stangel, MA, MS, LPC-IT, CT
Bereavement Coordinator/CISM Coordinator · Family Services
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin · Wauwatosa, WI

There are multiple causes of childhood grief. This session will explore the different causes behind childhood grief and various ways professionals can assist a grieving child.


  1. Describe two ways that children grieve differently than adults
  2. Identify ways that ambiguous loss might affect a child’s response to grief
  3. Learn grief interventions helpful when working with a child experiencing grief

Session 5: Ethics in Case Management

Robyn Shapiro, J.D.
Founder and Attorney
Health Sciences Law Group LLC · Fox Point, WI

This session will address ethical issues faced by hospital social workers and case managers. A bioethics overview will be presented, followed by discussion of ethical issues surrounding patients who make medically unwise decisions and decision making for incapacitated patients whose surrogate decisionmakers disagree with recommended treatment plan. In addition, there will be discussion of use of ethics committee as a resource.


  1. Analyze and select ethical issues related to patients who make medically unwise decisions
  2. Learn ethical issues that arise when in capacitated patients’ surrogate decision makers disagree with recommended treatment plan
  3. Interpret how an ethics committee can be used as a resource to grapple with ethics in the hospital

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October 2-3, 2017


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