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When and Where is the 2024 conference?
The Palliative Care Conference is on February 29, 2024 in Tampa, FL.

Which ticket should I buy?

Provider tickets are palliative care program executives and other care providers. Vendor tickets are for professionals in finance, technology, staffing, legal, sales, and marketing.

My company or organization owns or is an active investor in a provider. Which ticket type can I purchase?
If your organization owns or invests in a provider or providers in this space, your firm is classified as a private equity investor. If you wish to get the provider pricing, you would need to use that organization's email system/domain to register for the ticket to qualify as a provider. No exceptions.

What is a audio recordings ticket?
This ticket provides access to audio recordings only. Audio recordings will be provided within 48 hours after the in-person event.

What does my ticket include?
A ticket to the Palliative Care Conference includes access to all sessions, breakfast, refreshments, lunch, coat / bag check, and a networking reception.

What is the refund policy?
For all tickets, no refunds are available after January 15. No exceptions.

Are you offering hotel accommodations?
We will have a  room block at  Tampa Marriott Water Street.  Please click 
here to access our room block. The cut-off date to make reservations is January  29, 2024.

Will there be vendor booths?
There are options for sponsor exhibit space. Please click 
here to request information on sponsorship opportunities.

How do I contact the organizer?
Email us at [email protected].


Event At A Glance

Tampa Marriott Water Street
505 Water St, Tampa, FL 33602

Dress Code
Business Attire

The Palliative Care Conference will welcome c-suite, sales, marketing, and operations executives in hospices, health systems, insurers, and pharmaceutical companies. This event also attracts professionals supporting the industry such as finance, M&A, consultants, and more. Attendees can expect an educational and deal-making environment to network and connect with new and existing clients in the industry.

Who can you expect to meet at the Palliative Care Conference:

  • Palliative Care program executives
  • Payers, hospitals & health system executives
  • Clinical & compliance executives
  • Sales & marketing executives
  • Care coordinators, physicians and nurses
  • Technology providers
  • Other industry suppliers and service providers

February 29, 2024  Tampa, FL

© Hospice News 2024


Breakfast & Networking

Panel Coming Soon

Networking Lunch

8:00 - 9:00 AM

9:15 - 9:30 AM

9:15 - 9:30 AM

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Ticket Prices
Provider: $800
Vendor: $1000

Networking Break

10:05 - 11:00 AM

Even though payment models have yet to catch up, palliative care is becoming a more essential and integrated aspect of health care in a variety of settings. In this session, palliative care leaders will discuss the current and future state of the industry while breaking down key legislative and regulatory trends shaping the market.

Logan Hoover
VP of Policy & PR

9:30 - 10:00 AM

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Panel Coming Soon

11:00 - 11:15 AM

Building a Strong Home-Based Palliative Program

Allison Silvers
Chief of Health Care Transformation Officer
Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC)

1:30 - 2:00 PM

Tina Hasen Pickett
Managing Director
ATI Advisory

Medicare Advantage is not the only way a palliative care provider can be reimbursed. This panel will discuss other payment pathways and how providers can leverage them successfully, including Medicaid, ACOs and other CMMI-driven approaches.

Track A

Track B

Three palliative care operators talk about their biggest operational challenges and how they've overcome them.

Jonathon Fluhart
PalliCare Inc.

11:15 - 12:00 PM

Nick Westfall
Chairman and CEO
VITAS Healthcare

Palliative Care in Disease-Specific Payment Models

David Jackson
Choice Health at Home

1:00 - 1:30 PM

Dr. Roderick Bennett
Medical Director
SOS Mobile Medical

Rather than introducing a palliative care-specific payment model, CMMI is integrating those services into a range of different demos, including some that are disease-specific. In this panel, attendees will learn about three recently introduced demonstrations that feature aspects of palliative care.

Track A

Track B

Across the Continuum: Health System, Primary Care Approaches to Palliative Care

Large health systems and primary care groups have increasingly started to invest in palliative care programs. In this panel, attendees will hear how three such organizations are integrating palliative approaches into their day-to-day operations.

Gina Andres, FACHE
Senior Director | Hospice & Palliative Care 
Kaiser Permanente

Altonia Garrett
Executive Director
AccentCare Inc.

Past Attendees

Here's a sample of last year's Palliative Care attendees:


APEX Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc.
BAYADA Home Health
Bristol Hospice
Elara Caring
First Cressey Ventures
Kindred at Home
Lighthouse Hospice
Paradigm Health
Three Oaks Hospice
Unity Hospice and Palliative Care
Vitas Healthcare


Chief Executive Officer
Chief Clinical Officer
Chief Development Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Director of Home and Hospice
Director of Palliative Care
National Clinical Director of Palliative Care
Regional Medical Director
Vice President, Advanced Illness Management
Vice President, Care Transitions
Vice President, Sales
Vice President, Marketing
Vice President, Physician Operations and Palliative

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Executive Connect

Get access to select conferences and events at no cost for your ticket*. As part of the Executive Connect program, qualified executives from providers or operators may apply for this ticket type and participate in a set number of meetings with pre-screened vendors at the event. If accepted, you will be granted a complimentary ticket to the event and required to attend scheduled meetings at the event and provide feedback on those meetings. *A refundable deposit is required to register and is refunded if you attend the required meetings at the event. No show or cancellations will forfeit the deposit, no exceptions.

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Palliative Prowess

Networking Break

10:00 - 11:15AM

In this panel, C-suite leaders from palliative care, hospice and health systems will discuss emerging priorities in the space, including their approaches to addressing the staffing crisis, fostering greater health equity and navigating a changing regulatory environment.

Networking Break

2:00 - 2:30 PM

Hotel Accomodations
Click here to access our hotel block at Tampa Marriott Water Street. Reservations cut-off date is January 29, 2024.

Edo Banach
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP.

Ryan Klaustermeier MSN, RN
Vice President of Professional Services

Rory Farrand
Vice President of Palliative and Advanced Care
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)

Peter Brunnick
President & CEO
VIA Health Partners

2:30 - 3:00 PM

Ben Mauricio
Bristol Hospice

Fred Bentley
Managing Director, Medicare Innovation
ATI Advisory

Dr. Andrew Mayo
Chief Medical Officer
St. Croix Hospice

Ellen Lukens
Deputy Director
Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Scott Levy
Chief Government Affairs Officer

Anthony Spano
Director, Client Development

Rebecca Doleman
Healthcare Leadership
Palliative Care NP

Track A

Ensuring Care Support and Continuity for Complex Patients

Track B

Navigating Payment Models in Palliative Care

Advancing Palliative Care in Medicaid

3:00 - 3:30 PM

Rena Robinson, RN
Palliative Program Director
Anchor Health

A number of states have either implemented or are considering policies that would carve palliative care services into Medicaid, with California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine and Oregon being examples. This panel will dig into that trend and discuss how it is boosting palliative care utilization overall.

Track A

Track B

Advancing Palliative Care Integration

Some health care providers are integrating palliative care into their existing service lines, such as primary care, to maximize care coordination and touchpoints with patients. This session will discuss strategies to achieve this aim.

Torrie Fields 
Managing Partner 
TF Analytics

Alex Binder
Parker Advanced Care Institute

Setting the Scene: Palliative Care’s Evolving Role in the U.S. Health Care System

C-Suite Outlook: The Disruptive Forces Shaping Palliative Care in 2024

Brynn Bowman
Center to Advance Palliative Care

Breakout Sessions
Breakout Sessions
Breakout Sessions
Breakout Sessions

Catherine Campbell
President & CEO
Carelon Health

Home-Based palliative care programs have, historically, had challenges juggling operational expenses while remaining true to the program mission. With low reimbursement rates and high clinical costs, it can be a struggle to balance program integrity with financial sustainability.

As a palliative care program developer and director for the last 7 years, I have operated over 40 programs in 9 states, most of which started from the ground up. There have been a lot of lessons learned about what to do (and not to do!) to build a successful palliative care program. In sharing my experiences, I hope to help hospice providers who have, or are considering, a palliative care program to avoid costly design mistakes and to build a strong foundation for future success.  

Opening Remarks

9:00 - 9:15 AM

Palliative Care As Personalized Medicine

February 28, 2024 | 5 - 7 PM EST 
Networking Reception 
The Terrace Room - located on the lobby floor

February 29, 2024 | 8 AM - 4 PM EST 
Conference Program
Grand Ballroom - located on the 2nd Floor 

Tiffany Hughes

In design and function, palliative care is a medical specialty that, by nature, provides personalized medicine. The goal: Care that relieves suffering in all facets of life impacted by the patient's disease and treatment.

Dr. William Logan M. D.
National Medical Dir. for Palliative Care
Carelon Health

Utilizing technology to maximize insight and efficiencies within your Palliative Care programs.

Deanna Heath RN
SVP of Customer Experience

Sundar Kannan

Jared King 
VP of Business Development
Hospice Dynamix

In this panel, clinical leaders in the industry will discuss different business models of palliative care – including traditional Medicare, Accountable Care Organizations, and value-based Medicare Advantage contracts.

Rory Farrand
VP Palliative & Advance Care

Gavin Baumgardner, DO, MHA
Vice President & National Medical Director of Palliative Care
Home for Contessa

Brian Bell MD
Arkansas Hospice

Anthony Spano
VP, Post Acute Client Development

Samantha Spell APRN FNP-C and PC
BUDS Technology

Jeff Mislevy
Covenant Health

Darren Schulte

Bud Langham 
Executive VP, Clinical Excellence & Strategy
Enhabit Home Health & Hospice

Complex patients require integrated care and care coordination across their post-acute care journey. In this panel, leaders from palliative care and home health discuss the complex patient care journey, post-discharge, and the need for partnerships focused on home-based complex and palliative care.