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Back by popular demand, the NCHCFA presented a day-long training and refresher course on end-of-life issues and advance directives at the Embassy Suites in Greensboro on July 15, 2014. Speakers included Ken Burgess from Poyner Spruill; Cindy DePorter from the Division of Health Service Regulation, and Deborah Love and Dee Leahman from the Novant organization. The program focused on North Carolina and federal law governing advance directives and residents’ rights to have their end-of-life choices honored in long term care facilities. They also examine regulatory challenges for long term care providers, including the specific expectations of the Division of Health Service Regulation and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services when conducting or reviewing surveys of end-of-life issues. They discussed real-life, recent surveys involving end-of-life deficiency citations and offered tips for compliance. Finally, they examined ethical issues implicated by end-of-life issues and shared methods for having effective conversations with residents and families about end-of-life issues. If you would like a copy of Ken’s presentation, please email our marketing department.

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