The Chicago Patient Advocacy Symposium
Tools for Improving the Patient Experience
Hosted by the Greater Chicago Advocates
8:30 am - 4 pm
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
NAHAC invites you to the annual gathering of advocacy professionals. This year, the event will feature seven speakers covering a wide breadth of topics and issues facing the ever-changing landscape of healthcare.
Early-bird discount (closes May 15): $69
Regular price: $85
Price includes event registration, access to industry professionals, continental breakfast, and a boxed lunch.
6 CEUs available for nurses and social workers
THE NEED FOR PATIENT ADVOCACY
Preventing and surviving hospital mistakes – perspectives from a victim of medical malpractice. He uses his experiences as both a lawyer and amputee to advocate for patients and help empower them to find the knowledge and resources that will answer questions and assist in the recovery process.
AFTER THE TRAUMA
Understanding the psychological and emotional aspects of medical trauma on patients and their families. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Group Psychotherapist with more than 30 years of clinical experience in the Chicago area. Rick has treated countless individuals suffering from disorders including depression, social isolation and co-dependency while serving as adjunct professor in Humanistic Psychotherapy at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
WHAT FEEDS YOUR HEART?
New scientific advances have revealed the remarkable potency of simple strategies for optimizing our health. This talk will highlight surprising, yet highly practical nutritional and lifestyle interventions that can make an enormous difference in maintaining wellness. The critical importance of self-care for health professionals will be emphasized.
NAVIGATING CONFIDENTIALITY FOR THE HEALTHCARE ADVOCATE
HIPAA: What exactly is HIPAA and what are misunderstandings about patient confidentiality law in Illinois? How do new EHR regulations and liberties apply to protecting patient confidentiality? An overview of new Illinois laws regarding patient confidentiality will be presented by Mr. Monahan, who is not only an attorney and social worker, but also an active participant in lawmaking forums in Springfield that influence current changes in healthcare law.
ADVOCACY BEGINS WITH US!
Advocacy for patients begins with each of us who serve them, in whatever capacity we find ourselves: as advocates, care providers, navigators and care managers. Dr Dreher will share her philosophy of nursing and her empowering message will be sure to inspire us to all work collaboratively for the patient’s best interests, once we find our voice, and passion; believing that each of us can truly make a difference in this quickly changing period in American healthcare.
Mary F Mulcahy, MD
PHYSICIAN ORDERS FOR LIFE-SUSTAINING TREATMENT (POLST)
POLSTs are more detailed than conventional living wills and advance directives– these forms give patients the freedom to indicate preferences regarding resuscitation, intubation, intravenous antibiotics and feeding tubes, among other things. POLST was first developed in Oregon in the 1990s, and now 14 states have officially endorsed programs; 28 states are considering the use of these forms. Dr. Mulcahy will explain how POLST affects everyone involved in the end-of-life experience.
Professional Advocate Panel Discussion
NUTS AND BOLTS OF PATIENT ADVOCACY