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The Virginia Association for Hospices and Palliative Care (VAHPC) advocates for quality care for all persons with life limiting illnesses.

VAHPC  promotes hospice and palliative care education and ethical practices, and serves as a  united voice and resource for its members.

Our primary responsibility is to the citizens of the Commonwealth. We hope that you will find this site useful and that you will return frequently  for information and support when facing the challenges of a life-limiting disease.

2019 Leadership Forum  September 26, 2019

The Jepson Alumni Center

University of Richmond

Timely. Today. Tomorrow.

Management of the care needed by people with serious illnesses presents multiple challenges to hospice and palliative care providers, indeed to the entire healthcare system. In our efforts to mitigate some of these challenges and the risks they involve, VAHPC's Education Committee has designed a one-day program of superior education for leaders and decision makers involved in end-of-life care.

We are providing not one, but two keynote addresses

Judi Lund Person, BA, MPH, CHC, Vice President, Regulatory and Compliance, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization will start the day by demonstrating how hospice providers can address survey issues and complete a state or accrediting survey with no deficiencies and how hospices can begin  preparing for contract negotiations with Medicare Advantage companies or ACOs that are interested in value based purchasing.

Amy Melnick, MPA, Executive Director, National Coalition for Hospices and Palliative Care will close the day by helping leaders & decision makers to gain the knowledge of new major national initiatives that impact access and quality of hospice and palliative including new guidelines, new measures to improve quality, new payment models for serious illness care and legislation to improve access to hospice and palliative care.

Mary Mihalyo, PharmD, BPCS, Duquesne University School of Pharmacy Asst. Professor Pharmacy Practice and CEO, DeltaCareRx will explore with attendees today's "hot topics" surrounding the interface of hospice care and     pharmacy services such as OIG Hospice audits, IV opioid shortage, recent CMS nursing home mandates, rising medication costs and the role of e-prescribing  technology in  managing the hospice budget.

In addition there will be round table discussions on Emergency Preparedness; IPU Start-up and Quality Reporting: HEART/HIS. Each facilitated by an expert in the field. 

 Need a Brochure?  Download a Printable Copy Here 

To Register Online Click Here




Advance Directives

2019 Leadership Forum

Exhibit Hall

 This week's Featured Vendor is Delta Care Rx




The Discount on Registration Fees for Multiple Attendees is available through Friday, September 20, 2019.

Contact [email protected] for details.


 VAHPC has made arrangements with 

Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center

Although the deadline to reserve a room using the discount has passed, you may still be able to reserve a room at the standard rate.

Click here to make a room reservation at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center, Richmond


Coming to Richmond on November7th

The Veterans Summit

The day long event takes place at the Westerre Conference Center in Richmond.  Speakers include: Deborah Goral, the Palliative Care Program Manager at the Pittsburg, PA VAMC; she will be our keynote speaker.  Additional speakers include Katherine Kemp, the director of Veteran's Services, NHPCO and Rustry Trubey, Chaplain from Coatesville, PA, VAMC.  Rounding out the day will be David Ringle, who is with the Department of Veterans Services in Richmond Virginia. 

For a copy of the informational brochure - for reference and to share with others, please use this link

Registration is now OPEN and there is an early bird discount if you register prior to October 10th.  The early bird price is $50/person.  After October 10, the fee will increase to $60/person.

You can Register for the Veteran's Summit here.

Palliative Care

The Virginia Department of Health, VDH, has created a palliative care informational website which includes information on the following:

  • delivery of palliative care in the home and in primary, secondary and tertiary environments;
  • best practices for the delivery of palliative care;
  • consumer educational materials and referral information for palliative care and
  • continuing education opportunities for health care providers.
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