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Thursday July 21, 8AM - 4:30PM
Ramada Plaza Conference Center, Minneapolis, MN
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Speakers include:


Rahul Koranne, MD, MBA, FACP
Chief Medical Officer
Minnesota Hospital Association
   ACP across Minnesota - A call to collective action!

Dr. Rahul Koranne is the first Chief Medical Officer of the Minnesota Hospital Association. A primary care physician, Rahul has worked in the smallest rural health system in Minnesota, and in one of the largest integrated delivery systems in the Twin Cities. Rahul will share some of his experiences from across the healthcare continuum - from small to large systems, rural to urban settings and primary care to post-acute care - and reflect on why health organizations across MN need to collaborate on Advance Care Planning in service of our communities. Come prepared to be entertained, learn and be motivated towards collective action!



Deborah Day Laxson
Author, Entrepreneur, ACP Advocate
  Life Support:  When Is Enough, Enough?    
A Real Life Story of Honoring Choices

How does a non-medically trained individual determine when life support no longer supports life?  Using her own real life example, Deborah brings the audience on her journey as she learned to navigate the complexities of the medical world in order to honor her husband’s choices regarding medical care at end- of-life.

New this year!  Breakout sessions will be offered twice so that conference attendees can participate in two -

Agent 96   Second only to the patient, the role of Health Care Agent is crucial in ensuring the patient’s choices are honored when that patient is unable to speak during a medical event.  While local and national awareness regarding ACP and Healthcare Directives has increased dramatically in the last few years, little has been done to prepare agents for their role.  As a result, it is overlooked or misunderstood by the patient, the agent, healthcare providers, and family/friends.  This session sheds light on the challenges of being an agent, provides a process to help agents ‘wear the hat’ and issues the challenge:  Are you READY?
Dementia 96   With increasing frequency, questions about how to do advance care planning with people with dementia, or other conditions bringing capacity into question, are being heard.  Understanding the difference between capacity and competence, knowing the legal guidelines related to this question, and awareness of how things change when a guardian is appointed will be discussed in this session.
Rules 96   State and federal requirements surrounding advance care planning are numerous and can sometimes be confusing.  In this session, you will receive clear information on what the regulations mean, what surveyors are looking for, common issues and questions of compliance, and more.  At the end of this session you will be aware of state and federal regulations for ACP, and how to identify (and avoid) potentially negative outcomes for patient safety. 
LGBT 96   Whether you know it or not, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults are your clients and patients.  Learn the unique issues facing these populations and how they affect their willingness to seek out services.  This session will outline LGBT aging, describe the diversity of sexual orientations and gender identities, present findings from a recent needs assessment, and identify actions you can take to make your practice more LGBT culturally competent.
POLST 96   POLST is a national movement to standardize medical orders surrounding end-of-life cares.  Each state has the responsibility of developing their program to be consistent with the national paradigm, and a national endorsement process helps build consistency across state lines.  In Minnesota, the POLST Team is currently updating our form and policies to have consistent use of POLST throughout the state and bring us to the national ranking of a fully endorsed program.  Learn what is happening, why, and what's coming next.

Additional topics and updates during the day will include:
  • ACP in Academic Health Settings: Medical Students and Nursing Students
  • The second-annual Community Champion Volunteer Award
  • Updates on Honoring Choices development across the state and throughout the nation
  • Legislative and National news and updates, including reimbursement information
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The 2015 Sharing the Experience Conference was held July 16 in Minneapolis. 

Please find the slideshows and handouts from the day here; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have additional questions or have problems opening any of the files.


    Nursing Students' Research Project     
            Measuring our Outcomes             
Breakout Session:
New Multicultural Tools 

Breakout Session:
ACP in Greater MN


Ruth Bachman's Handouts
Breakout Session
Breakout Session:
Where Are They Now?
   HealthPartners/Park Nicollet 

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Kris Maser
Keynote Speaker
Planning for a Good Life: An Attorney's Personal & Professional Journey into Advance Care Planning

An attorney well-known for her focus on elder law, Kris shares her personal story of caring for aging parents and working through the challenges of her own health challenges.

About Kris...
Kris Maser is a caretaker by nature. “I’ve been taking care of people since I was 16,” she says, adding that she helped her father through a 28 year battle with Parkinson’s disease and also assists her elderly mother in living as independently as possible.

She says it’s her caretaking trait that propelled her to work in elder law. “I started out as a teacher, but this was just a pull,” Maser says. Despite a switch to the legal profession, Maser has stayed connected to her roots in education. She has served as an adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law, Inver Hills Community College, North Memorial Medical Center, The North Women’s Center, and other community schools. She also participated in several continuing education seminars for attorneys, social workers, families, and others. After decades of service to families, Maser says that her resolve for her work was strengthened even more when she was diagnosed with cancer. “The cancer made me realize that you can’t go through a long-term illness alone,” she says, adding that this perspective permeates her work on the job. “Nobody stands alone.”

To Maser, being connected to her clients in such a supportive way is the best part of her job. “The second best part is turning the terror into something that can be useful,” she says. In one touching case, Maser recalled that she helped a couple with their end of life planning and 17 years later, after they had passed away, the couple’s family members flew into town to thank her. “I’m not just an attorney to them,” she says.

Maser received her law degree from William Mitchell College of Law in 1982 and her undergraduate degrees from the University of Minnesota in 1976.  She is involved with a number of charitable and community organizations, is a board member for the National Lymphedema Network and an emeritus board member of the National Parkinson’s Foundation Minnesota. Maser is also a Rotarian.

In 2008, the University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts recognized Maser as an Alumna of Notable Achievement. The college recognition saluted Maser as an early champion of elder law, who has “increased awareness of the issues surrounding legal services for the elderly” and is “widely admired for outstanding service to the community.”

When she’s not working, Maser is an avid skier and enjoys spending time with her family.

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During the afternoon, you are invited to attend one of four break-out sessions. 
Materials from all four sessions will be available here after July 4.

     Multicultural Tools

Voices of Advance Care Planning:  Join the team behind (and in!) the new videos Honoring Choices recently released. 

In addition to viewing all three videos, you will hear the story of why the videos were developed, how the content was designed, who the people are that you see in the videos, and how they are already being used. 

        Where Are They Now?

Allina, Fairview, HealthPartners and Park Nicollet have been building successful ACP programs in their systems for several years now. 

Listen as representatives from each system share the stories of their internal program development - how their strategies and goals have changed over time, and where they are today.

          Spiritual Perspectives
Keynote speaker Ruth Bachman leads this session focused on helping people learn how to grow, spiritually, through times of challenge and difficulty. 

Ruth will provide a roadmap of sorts, encouraging participants to look closely and patiently at all of life's challenges - narrow spots - to discover the resources, both internal and external, that are present to help navigate the passage.  These resources are helpful for both personal use and as tools to assist patients, clients and others.

No one and no thing is permanent, except the presence of the divine.

Change is inevitable.
Transformation is intentional.
            ACP in Greater Minnesota
Though Honoring Choices began in the metro area of Minneapolis and St. Paul, efforts today encompass all Minnesotans.  As we expand and grow, we are learning how different strategies are often needed to meet the needs of communities that are building ACP programs away from the Twin Cities. 

Representatives from several communities will share what has worked well, what challenges have been dealt with, and answer your questions. 

In addition, attendees will leave with tools, information and tips about building community support for a new idea, chosen to help anyone interested in starting or growing an ACP program.


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Ruth Bachman
A Narrow Spot in the Hourglass:  Lessons in Integrity, Courage & Grace
Change is the narrow spot in the hourglass. The sand travels from the top, through the tight spot, to the bottom. The sand is the same — but with a different arrangement.  Experience has taught inspirational writer/activist Ruth Bachman that change can serve as a catalyst to sharpen our sense of purpose and recognize what is important.  How do we discover and enhance our capacity to accept “what is,” embrace it and move forward?

Speaking at the 2015 Sharing the Experience Conference, Ruth will use the metaphor of an hourglass to inspire us to recognize our resources for navigating change throughout life.  Do we stick our head in the sand and pretend nothing has happened; or accept the inevitability of change and live life with renewed abundance?  Whether she is addressing medical professionals, corporate leaders, faith-based groups or service providers, Ruth delivers her message as a living authority on managing change through the narrow spots of our lives.

Ruth's Story ...

In February of 2003, I was a left-handed woman, wife and mother in apparent good health. I ate reasonably well, was physically active, had annual checkups, practiced meditation and yoga, attended church regularly, and volunteered in the community.

Today, I am all of those things plus the grandmother of 4; except now, after diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue sarcoma, I am a right-handed amputee with a renewed purpose for life - a mission to share an empowering message equipping individuals with the perspective and resources necessary to navigate the inevitable changes that occur in life, by design or by happenstance, while recognizing the powerful potential for transformation by embracing “what is”.

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