Webinar: Interprofessional Communication Approaches to High-Quality Advanced Care Planning and the POLST Paradigm

December 17, 2021

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), current research data reveals that poor communication between health care team members remains a leading cause of medical error and patient harm. AHRQ further identified that in acute care settings, inadequate communication is a leading contributor to adverse events. Therefore, considering opportunities for health care team members to improve communication and related patient outcomes remains an important aim for allied health professionals.

Join Brenda Hage, Ph.D., DNP, CRNP, CCM, David Hage, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, C-ASWCM, and Robert Yanoshak, DO, on Friday, December 17, 2021, from 2-3:30 p.m. ET for a presentation that will focus on opportunities for allied health professionals to have meaningful, structured end-of-life conversations using several helpful tools, including the POLST form, an advanced care planning tool and portable medical order, and tenets from the Ariadne Labs Serious Illness Care Program. You will leave the session with a better understanding of how high-quality advanced care planning allows patient wishes to be better clarified, documented, and followed.

Learning Objectives

After completing this activity, health care professionals will be better able to:

  1. Implement ways in which multidisciplinary health care team members can work with each other to better clarify, document, and follow patient care preferences during end-of-care conversations.
  2. Describe and utilize the Ariadne Labs Serious Illness Conversation Guide to help improve health care team member communication.
  3. Analyze essential components of the POLST form.
  4. Apply multidisciplinary communication strategies to a practical case vignette and in daily practice.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Course opens: 
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Event starts: 
12/17/2021 - 2:00pm EST
Event ends: 
12/17/2021 - 3:30pm EST

Brenda Hage, Ph.D., DNP, CRNP, CCM, is a tenured professor of nursing and also serves as Director of Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Programs at Misericordia University. Dr. Hage is a gerontologist and a nurse practitioner with clinical expertise in gerontology, rehabilitation, and family practice, and case management. Her research interests are focused on aging in place, improvement of cognition in older adults, health literacy and clear health care communication. She serves as the president of the board of directors for the Caring Community Health Care Center (CCHC) FQHC-LA clinics in Hazelton, PA, and the Kistler Clinic in WIlkes-Barre, PA and as vice chair of the Pennsylvania Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) of Northeast PA.


David Hage, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, C-ASWCM, is a medical social worker, gerontologist, and educator. David earned a BSW degree from Misericordia University, an MSW from Marywood University, and is at the dissertation phase of a Ph.D. in Leadership & Gerontology at Concordia University Chicago. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Certified Advanced Social Work Case Manager (C-ASWCM), Certified Remotivation Therapist-Level III (Instructor), and Certified Advanced Aging Life Care Professional™ (previously called Certified Geriatric Care Manager). David serves as an Assistant Professor of Social Work, Director of Field Education and Coordinator of Gerontology Education at Misericordia University.

David is a board member and trainer for the Physician’s Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Taskforce for Northeast PA, a regional task force committed to advanced care planning and honoring patient wishes at end-of-life. He also serves as a member of the biomedical ethics and palliative care committees at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, as an editorial advisory board member for Today’s Geriatric Medicine, and as the former chair and current member of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers Aging Committee.

Robert Yanoshak, DO, is a physician with more than 30 years experience in the practice of medicine. Dr. Yanoshak is board certified in family medicine, geriatrics, hospice and palliative care, and is a respected practitioner who has been recognized for his quality patient care, ethics, and expertise in training future doctors, physician assistants, medical staff, and pre-hospital care providers. Dr. Yanoshak is a hospitalist for critical care patients and serves as a palliative medicine provider based in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Dr. Yanoshak serves as the president of the board of Physicians Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Task Force for Northeast PA, a unique and useful advanced directive and provider order accepted currently in 49 states.

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Brenda Hage, Ph.D., DNP, CRNP, CCM, faculty for this educational event, has no relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose. David Hage, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, C-ASWCM, faculty for this educational event, has no relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose. Robert Yanoshak, DO, faculty for this educational event, has no relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose. None of the planners for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose. An “ineligible company” includes any entity whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products use by or on patients. View our disclosure policy.

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Great Valley Publishing designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit (s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™


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