Hospice and Palliative Care


About the Course
This course provides an overview of hospice and palliative care and describes care that meets the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of suffering patients and families. Palliative care is the overarching supportive approach that helps seriously ill patients and families address problems and improve their quality of life (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research [MFMER], 2021). Hospice is a type of palliative care specifically for those that have a terminal disease and life-limiting prognosis. The course will review theoretical models of the dying process, the psychological and physical symptoms as death approaches, misconceptions and barriers to providing end-of-life care.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the purpose of both hospice and palliative care and how they address life-limiting illness for the patient and family.
  • Define and explain the relationship between hospice and palliative care and how they contribute to the improvement of quality of life of patients with life-limiting illness. 
  • Describe the settings, patient population, and incidence of hospice care delivery in the United States.
  • Identify the different levels of hospice care, services provided, and Medicare (CMS) eligibility requirements.
  • Discuss the Medicare Hospice Benefit and performance measures required for hospice programs. 
  • Discuss different types of population-based palliative care.  
  • Explain the delivery of hospice and palliative care including the support required for patients and families with life-limiting illness. 
  • Identify misconceptions and barriers to providing hospice and palliative care. 
  • Discuss professional and educational resources clinicians can provide to support patients and families coping with life-limiting illness as well as healthcare professionals caring for them. 

About the Author
Simona Pozzetto, LICSW was born and raised in Italy, where she obtained her bachelor's degree in Psychology. After moving to Massachusetts, Ms. Pozzetto achieved her MSW and completed the Certificate Program in Jewish Communal and Clinical Social Work at Simmons College and Hebrew College in 2003. Ms. Pozzetto worked in community mental health clinics and long-term care facilities as a clinical therapist, initially focusing on children and adolescents, then mostly on adults and the elderly. In 2014, Ms. Pozzetto obtained her LICSW, and after a few years in management, in 2020, opened a private practice. During her career, Ms. Pozzetto has specialized in trauma work, dissociative disorders, mood disorders, and end-of-life issues. In June 2021, Ms. Pozzetto obtained her Certified Grief Informed Professional (CGP) Certification. 

How to Receive Credit

  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Answer the final examination questions at the end of the course. A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest
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