IL-HPCO Webinars

This two-day educational event is designed specifically for providers, clinicians, leaders and advocates across the continuum of serious illness care. The Symposium will include a physician panel discussion featuring five of the top palliative care physicians in the region, keynote and breakout sessions, networking opportunities and more.

Monday, October 16, 2023

1pm to 4pm
Networking Reception to follow

Monday, October 16, 2023

8:30am to 5pm

Northern Illinois University at Naperville

1120 E. Diehl Road, Naperville, IL 60563

Ticket: $125 | Register online by October 9

Region Meetings

IL-HPCO Region Meeting

Friday, June 3rd, 2022
11am – 1pm

UpliftedCare Community Grief Center
3115 N 1000 W Road
Bourbonnais, IL
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Protecting your Professional Boundaries in Hospice Social Services, Spiritual Care and Counseling

  • Lunch provided!
  • Bring your leadership, clinical, social services, bereavement counselors and chaplain staff!
  • Tour the newly opened Community Grief Center after the presentation

Guest Speaker: Amber Residori, MSW, Ed.D.

Dr. Residori is the dean of the College of Professional Studies at Olivet Nazarene University. She previously served as the dean of the School of Life & Health Sciences, Chair of the Social Work & Criminal Justice Department, and Professor of Social Work.

Annual Education Conference

2022 Annual Education Conference Postponed

Important Conference Announcement

In light of recent workforce challenges confronting many of our members, we have made the decision to postpone our annual conference to 2023. We are committed to providing an outstanding in-person event and want to proceed at a time that will work best for our members and partners.

ILHPCO will be issuing refunds to those who have submitted payment for the conference registration. Please allow 2-4 weeks for processing to be reflected in your account.

We appreciate your support and interest and will be reaching out with more details when they become available

IL-HPCO Townhall


Thursday, November 30, 2023
1:00-2:00pm CT

While you’re starting to think about New Year’s Resolutions, IL-HPCO is starting to think about New Year’s Regulations! Join us for an overview of state and federal regulations that will impact hospice operations starting on January 1, 2024. Each guest presentation will be followed by audience questions and discussion about how your hospice can get ready to be successful (and compliant) in 2024. Guest speakers include Patrick Harrison, NHPCO, Senior Director of Regulatory and Compliance and Ellen Byrne, IL-HPCO, Director of Policy and Government Affairs.

Free for IL-HPCO Members
$75 for Non-Members

Veterans Webinars

2022 Veterans Webinars

Webinar 4

Examining the Controversial Landscape of Physician-Assisted Death
Tuesday, September 13th, 2022: 9:00am-10:30am CDT
1.5 CEUs
How to Register with Crowdcast

In this session, participants will learn the history of physician-assisted death, including current guidelines for the US and Europe. Discussion will focus on the physician perspective and ethical considerations regarding physician aid in dying. Participants will also learn clinical skills to respond to requests to hasten death in daily practice, as well as explore their own thoughts and feelings on the subject.


  • Destry Elms, MD – Hematology-Oncology Chief Fellow, Loyola University Medical Center, Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital
  • Anne Day, PhD – Geropsychology Program Manager, Hines VA


  1. Defining physician-assisted death and associated terms
  2. Briefly review the history of physician-assisted death
  3. Review current guidelines in the US & Europe
  4. Discuss viewpoints of clinicians and the public 
  5. Discuss the interplay with medical ethics
  6. Offer recommendations for helping patients who request physician aid in dying
  7. Provide a space for clinicians to discuss their thoughts, concerns, and questions about physician aid in dying

Webinar 3

Grief in the Context of Military Culture
Tuesday, June 7th, 2022: 9:00am-10:30am CDT
Speakers: Joe Morales, LCSW – Edward Hines Jr. VA HospitalTiffany Cunnally, LCSW– Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital

Webinar 2

Community Hospices: Suicide Prevention for Veterans
Tuesday, April 19th, 2022: 9:00am-10:30am CDT
Amber Clark, LCSW – Community Engagement and Partnership Coordinator, Suicide Prevention, Illiana Healthcare System

Webinar 1

VA – Recognized Presumptive Conditions; What Qualifies a Veteran for Benefits? – 1.5 CEs
Tuesday, February 15th, 2022: 9:00am-10:30am CT
Andrew Balafas – VITAS Healthcare
Jake Zimmerman – Superintendent, Veterans Assistance Commission
of Kane County

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Reimbursement Audio Conferences

Audio Conferences on Reimbursement

Join us for a talk with the experts!

Dates: March 9, June 8, October 12.

Who should attend?

  • Billing staff
  • Accounts Receiveable Managers
  • Reimbursement Supervisors
  • Authorization Staff
  • MCO Specialists
  • Payer Relations Staff

Come prepared to discuss:

  • Specific MCO issues
  • Outstanding back-log in dollars and dates
  • Any stories on reimbursement

Email Kelly Schnetzer or Carrie Bill with examples prior to each meeting.

Hospice Network Webinars