Annual Conference

April 17, 2021
7:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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Date: Saturday April 17, 2021

7:30 AM-12:30 PM; A live Virtual Presentation

The Chapter’s Return to An Annual Conference Program:


7:30 - 7:40 – Registration/Sign on Opens/Slide Show from Sponsors

7:40 - 7:50 – Welcome & Announcements by Pat Agius, Chapter President & Ed Director

7:50 – 8:00 – Thank You to our Sponsors – Gail Reiss, Sponsor Director

8:00 – 9:30 AM Speaker #1: Ellen Fink-Samnick, MSW ACSW LCSW CCM CCTP CRP DBH(s) on           

                             “The Evolution of End of Life Care Implications for Professional Case Management”

 Ellen Fink-Samnick MSW, ACSW, LCSW, CCM, CCTP, CHMIMP, CRP, DBH(s)

Ellen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Board-certified Case Manager, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider, and Certified Rehabilitation Provider. Her academic affiliations include roles as subject matter expert for Western Governors University, and adjunct faculty for the University of Buffalo’s School of Social Work, and George Mason University’s Department of Social Work. She is also a Doctor in Behavioral Health student at Cummings Graduate Institute of Behavioral Health Studies.

1.5 CE CCM Ethics, R.N., SW, PT, OT, and LNHA.

Behavioral Learning Objectives are:

Discuss four (4) issues to influence the evolution of end of life care

Identify legal documentation associated with care decision-making

Identify related cultural implications across populationsDiscuss how end of life care can pose ethical pitfalls for case managers

Implement the Intergenerational Spectrum toward patient (family) engagement

9:30 – 9:35 Break

9:35 – 10:35 Speaker #2: Audrey Parker BSN, RN from Coram on “Overcoming Barriers to Discharge in the  

COVID-19 Era: Opportunities with Home Infusion Therapy”

Audrey Parker joined Coram Specialty Infusion Services as a Clinical Service Liaison in February of 2010 and has over 30 years’ experience as a Registered Nurse.  Her first 15 years of clinical experience included working as a bedside nurse in Labor & Delivery, Orthopedics, Medical/Surgical and the Emergency Room.  After obtaining her CCM (Certified Case Manager), she worked as a telephonic case manager in the health insurance industry (Commercial, Managed Care, Personal Injury Protection (PIP), Worker’s Comp) where she excelled to the position of Regional Nurse Manager and for 10 years. managed Utilization Review Nurses, Case Managers, and Social Workers in New York and New Jersey.  Prior to coming on board with Coram, Audrey worked as an onsite and telephonic case manager for a major NJ Medicaid HMO provider.  During her 11 years with Coram, Audrey was a Clinical Service Liaison RN for 7 years in NY/NJ, and now 4 years in her current role as a Post-Acute Therapy Manager for the Great Lakes Region.

 1.0 CE  RN, CCM, SW

This program identifies common problems that create challenging patient situations, and problems that can impede discharge. It covers strategies for early interventions, patient selection criteria,

and key considerations for important home infusion therapies.

10:35 – 10:40 Break

10:40 – 12:10 PM – Speaker # 3: Cheri Lattimer, BSN RN on “COVID-19: The Impact on the Opioid Crisis      

                                                            & Transitions of Care”

The Covid-19 pandemic brought about emergency health measures and regulations. Among those were the mandates for a nationwide shutdown of our businesses and  services including many elective ambulatory surgeries. For many adults and seniors who were in need of elective surgeries for rotator cuff repair, hip or knee replacement, there were significant delays in care which required patients to manage their pain.  For many that meant the use of opioids. This session will look at the issues of the opioid crisis, the impact the pandemic has played in increasing the opioid epidemic, what alternatives, such as non-opioid therapies, should be available to consumers and are not.  We will evaluate the significant role case managers have in supporting their patients regarding shared decision-making to help address their concerns, options, preferences and treatment protocols available to them.   

1.5 CE CCM 


1. Define the gaps and barriers in addressing pain management and the current interventions.
2. Review the impact that COVID-19 has had on the opioid crisis and epidemic.
3. Discuss the options for non-opioid therapy and the barriers to offering those to patients.

  1. Determine the key assessment needs and information for patients related to the use of opioids.
    5. Identify legislation and public policy mandates related to opioid prescribing, alternative options, and funding.
    6. Evaluate a multimodal approach to pain management and the need to support shared-decision making and patient preference.

Cheri Lattimer, RN, BSN, is Executive Director for the National Transitions of Care Coalition (NTOCC) and President/CEO of Integrity Advocacy & Management. Her leadership in quality improvement, case management, care coordination, and transitions of care is known on the national and international landscape. She is affiliated with various professional organizations and maintains active roles on several national boards and committees including URAC’s Health Standards Committee, CMS Caregiver Workgroup, CMS Advisory Committee for Education and Outreach, ACHIEVE, and ABQAURP CME Committee.

12:10- 12:25 PM – Rebecca Fotsch, NCSBN: Updates on the Nurse Compact Licensure: PA & Other States

12:25-12:30 PM Closing Remarks; & Announcements – Pat Agius


Please feel free to contact Pat Agius, at 908-240-3843 or [email protected] if you have questions

At the end of the program, there will be Opportunities to Win a Raffle Prize - Books or Amazon Gift Cards & Instructions for completing your Evals & obtaining your CEU’s, handouts, etc.



$35.00 Non Member Ticket

$25.00 Member Ticket

$500.00 Platinum Sponsorship

$400.00 Silver sponsorship

$200.00 Bronze Sponsorship