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Pain Management, Palliative Medicine, and End-of-Life Care, including Related Topics in Neurology

7-Night CocoCay and Bahamas Cruise
Round-trip Cape Liberty, NJ (New York, NY)
February 16 - 23, 2025
Royal Caribbean's <em>Odyssey of the Seas</em>
Royal Caribbean's Odyssey of the Seas

COURSE CREDITS & HOURS

16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
16 ACPE Credits
16.0 Contact Hours
16 (part II) MOC points in medical knowledge in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program
16 CE Credits for Psychologists
16 ASWB ACE Credits

COURSE FEES

$995.00 for Physicians, Psychiatrists, Pharmacists, & Attorneys
$795.00 for Physician Assistants & Nurse Practitioners
$595.00 for Nurses, Students & Others

TARGET AUDIENCE

Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists, Psychologists, Social Workers

PROGRAM PURPOSE

Topics
  1. Palliative Care Overview: History, Range of focus and Relation to Hospice Care
    • To discover the roots of palliative medicine, its impact on traditional practice models and the relation/definition between palliative and hospice care
  2. Advanced Care Directives
    • To define the history/legalities of advanced care directives.
    • To differentiate the various formats and techniques to advance end of life discussions.
    • To examine the controversies in ACD such as surgical thirty day rules.
  3. Pain Management and Palliative Care: Pharmaceutical review and a Review of the Issues of the Opioid Crisis
    • To illustrate treatment options for critical and end of life medical conditions.
    • To examine the roots and solutions of the opioid crisis particularly as related to palliative and hospice care.
  4. COPD, CHF and ESRD in Palliative Care
    • To utilize palliative medicine skills in the planning/treatment of these common chronic conditions.
  5. Patient Driven Voluntary Cessation of Hydration and Nutrition
    • To identify the phenomena of patient's elective decision in non acutely mortal situations to terminate their lives through active decision.
    • To examine the practitioners role/obligations in such a situation
  6. End of Life Symptomology and Management
    • To summarize the common EOL symptoms.
    • To demonstrate pharmaceutical and behavioral management of these conditions.
  7. Reimbursement and Coverage Strategies
    • To examine the CMS rules of remuneration for non palliative/hospice providers in palliative/hospice patients
  8. Mental State - delirium, MCI and dementia
  9. Can the Patient Hear Me? - awareness, unresponsiveness and coma
  10. Stroke - follow-up and prognosis
  11. Gap Analysis - quality approach to practice improvement
  12. Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's in Palliative Care
  13. Brain Death - what is it and diagnosis
  14. The Plan for Monday - changes for ease of practice and improvement in care

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

PLEASE NOTE: To attend the conference, participants must book their cruise through Continuing Education, Inc.. This ensures our company can provide full conference services and complimentary social amenities to all meeting participants and their guests. Note also, that participants' family and friends are welcome to book within our group to take advantage of our typically excellent cruise rates. Thank you for your cooperation.
BIAS FREE CME - No Commercial Support was provided for this CME activity.

Faculty

Charles S. Mills, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, HMDBC

Charles S. Mills, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, HMDBC

Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA
Medical Director, Palliative and Hospice Medicine, Elliot Health System, Manchester, NH
Medical Director, Manchester VNA and VNA of Southern NH Hospice
Medical Director, Inspiris/Optum Care of United Health, Massachusetts
Fellow, American College of Physicians
Fellow, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Dr Mills is a board certified internist and palliative care specialist with over 35 years of medical experience and practice. He practiced for many years both clinically and with administrative positions at the former Fallon Clinic/Fallon Community Health System. It was here that he built a strong interest in and knowledge of the impact of health care systems and economics on the delivery of care. In these various rolls, he became a strong advocate for physician education to assist the evolution of the care models necessary for success in the developing health care market.

Dr Mills's extensive work in geriatrics in his clinical practice led to his growth in palliative and hospice medicine. Taking on a medical directorship at a local hospice, he gained practical knowledge of this field and went on to complete additional study in this area leading to his successful completion of board certification in 2008. 

He is a zealous proponent of interactive learning processes and enjoys leading/mentoring invigorated medical education forums. He has lectured and taught broadly at both a community/ lay level, medical school level , residency/fellow level and at attending level of audience

Joel M. Kaufman, MD, FAAN

Joel M. Kaufman, MD, FAAN

Clinical Professor of Neurology
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Department of Neurology
Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI.

Dr. Joel M. Kaufman is Clinical Professor of Neurology at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and a member of the Department of Neurology at Rhode Island Hospital, where he is the Medical Director of the Neurology Resident Teaching Clinic. 

Dr. Kaufman graduated from Boston University, majoring in mathematics, and from Boston University School of Medicine. He completed his medical internship at Presbyterian Hospital at Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco (now California Pacific Medical Center) and his Neurology residency at Boston City Hospital (now Boston Medical Center). He then joined Fallon Clinic (now Reliant Medical Group) in Worcester, Massachusetts. From 1988 through 1996 he was Medical Director of Fallon Community Health Plan. From 1997 to early 2014 he was Executive Director of the Lifespan/Physicians Professional Services Organization.

Dr. Kaufman is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and active with the Academy, currently chairing the Payment Alternatives Team. He is also serving or has served on many other professional boards and committees.

Dr. Kaufman's interests include physician advocacy, quality improvement in medical practice, provide-payer interaction, and clinical teaching.

Accreditation

 Joint Accreditation

In support of improving patient care, Continuing Education, Inc./University at Sea® is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

 

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education

Credit Designation for Physicians: Continuing Education, Inc. designates this live activity for 16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

 

Osteopathic Physicians: This program is eligible for Category 2 credit with the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

US or Canadian Family Physicians: Please let us know if you require AAFP Prescribed Credits.

 

ANCC

Credit Designation for Nurses:  Continuiung Education, Inc. designates this continuing nursing education activity for 16 contact hours.
Accredited status does not imply endorsement by Continuing Education, Inc./University at Sea® or ANCC of any commercial products displayed or used with an activity.

Nurse Practitioners: Can claim either ANCC Contact Hours or AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM as needed.   Pharmacology credits are identified on individual activities.

ROYAL COLLEGE MOC

 

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada:
Through an agreement between the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, medical practitioners participating in the Royal College MOC Program may record completion of accredited activities registered under the ACCME’s “CME in Support of MOC” program in Section 3 of the Royal College’s MOC Program.

ROYAL COLLEGE MOC

 

College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)
The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) has a reciprocal credit reporting agreement with the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Prescribed credits can be claimed as the equivalent number of certified credits, and Elective credits can be claimed as the equivalent number of non-certified credits.

Members of the CFPC may claim up to 50 credits per five-year cycle from Physician's Recognition Award (PRA) Category 1 credits. Any additional credits are eligible as non-certified credits.

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education


Credit Designation for Pharmacists: This knowledge-based activity is approved for 16 hours of pharmacy continuing education credit.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 16 (part II) MOC points in medical knowledge in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Credit Designation for Psychologists: Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists are provided through the co-sponsorship of the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). The APA CEP Office maintains responsibly for the content of the programs.

 

 

 

Credit Designation for Social Workers:  As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Continuing Education, Inc is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. Social workers completing this course receive 16 Clinical continuing education credits.

Does not apply to the following states/provinces: New Jersey, New York, Yukon Territories.

ITINERARY

DATE PORT OF CALL ARRIVE DEPART
Sun Feb 16 Cape Liberty, NJ (New York, NY)
- 3:00 pm
Mon Feb 17 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Tue Feb 18 Orlando (Port Canaveral), Florida
11:59 am 8:00 pm
Wed Feb 19 Coco Cay, Bahamas
9:00 am 5:00 pm
Thu Feb 20 Nassau, Bahamas
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Fri Feb 21 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat Feb 22 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sun Feb 23 Cape Liberty, NJ (New York, NY)
6:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.

PORTS OF CALL

Cape Liberty, NJ (New York, NY) - Cape Liberty Cruise Port is located on the New York Harbor in Bayonne, New Jersey, and is just seven miles from New York City and three miles from Newark Liberty International Airport. Its waterfront location and close proximity to the Big Apple allow visitors easy access to everything New York City has to offer along with providing access to the historic roots of Northern New Jersey. Convenient guest parking is located adjacent to the cruise terminal.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

Orlando (Port Canaveral), Florida - As the home of Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral is the launching point for all-out adventure in Central Florida. Its beaches offer a mix of family-friendly shores and secluded swaths of sand. And with Orlando’s theme park sprawl only an hour away, you can easily mingle with your favorite characters. Beyond the parks lie equally amusing gems packed with Old Florida character. Kayak past manatees in the Banana River Lagoon and zip line above alligators at Brevard Zoo. Discover notable art museums and Park Avenue’s ritzy charm. Orlando cruises give you access to trace the region’s roots at the Orange County Regional History Museum.

Coco Cay, Bahamas - Located in the middle of the Caribbean's bright blue water lies the secluded island of CocoCay. With its white-sand beaches and spectacular surroundings, CocoCay is a wonderland of adventure. Reserved exclusively for Royal Caribbean guests, this tropical paradise has recently been updated with new aquatic facilities, nature trails and a ton of great places to just sit back, relax and enjoy a tropical drink.

CocoCay Map

Perfect Day at CocoCay

Nassau, Bahamas - Caribbean charm shines in the Bahamian capital, where you’re never more than a few steps away from rhythmic percussions, appetizing flavors, white-sand beaches, and some of the clearest waters in the world. This picture-perfect paradise was once a pirate’s haven— and you can explore its colorful past of buccaneers, blockade-runners and bootleggers along historical streets and at the three colonial fortresses that line the shores. If you’re looking for a more hands-on maritime adventure, look no further. Cruise to Swim with stingrays, dive with dolphins, or spot colorful coral on a glass-bottom boat.

Royal Caribbean's Odyssey of the Seas

PLEASE NOTE: To attend the conference, participants must book their cruise through Continuing Education, Inc.. This ensures our company can provide full conference services and complimentary social amenities to all meeting participants and their guests. Note also, that participants' family and friends are welcome to book within our group to take advantage of our typically excellent cruise rates. Thank you for your cooperation.

Register your interest and receive a full quote at 800-422-0711 (US/Can) or direct/int'l tel: +1-727-526-1571 or by registering online.
STATEROOM DETAILS
PRICING PER PERSON

Prices below are for the full cruise including meals and evening entertainment

Suite/Deluxe

Junior Suite with Balcony, J4 Junior Suite with Balcony (J4)
Junior Suite Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed. One double sofa bed. Bedroom area and sitting area with sofa. One bathroom with tub.
Stateroom: 301 sq. ft. Balcony: 81 sq. ft. 

$4,449.58
per person



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Grand Suite - 1 Bedroom, GS Suite/Deluxe Grand Suite - 1 Bedroom (GS)
1 Bedroom Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed. One double sofa bed. Living room with sitting area and writing desk. Private balcony with seating area and private dining. One bathroom with tub and two sinks (access from living room and bedroom). 

Stateroom: 388 sq. ft. Balcony: 109 sq. ft.
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Balcony

 Oceanview with Balcony, 4D Oceanview with Balcony (4D)
Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed.
Size Stateroom: 182 sq. ft. Balcony: 50 sq. ft. 

$1,540.58
per person



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Obstructed Oceanview with Balcony, 1E Balcony Obstructed Oceanview with Balcony (1E)
Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed.
Obstructed ocean view
Size Stateroom: 182 sq. ft. Balcony: 50 sq. ft.
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 Oceanview with Balcony, 7D Balcony Oceanview with Balcony (7D)
Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed.
One double sofa bed
Size Stateroom: 182 sq. ft. Balcony: 50 sq. ft.
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 Oceanview with Balcony, 8D Balcony Oceanview with Balcony (8D)
Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed.
Size Stateroom: 182 sq. ft. Balcony: 50 sq. ft.
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 Spa Oceanview with Balcony, S4 Balcony Spa Oceanview with Balcony (S4)

Your Spa Stateroom is your private retreat for relaxing and recharging.  From a range of calming in-room amenities to upgrated features like lush bath products, luxurious bedding and more; every detail is focused toward your relaxation and well-being. 
Included with the Spa Staterooms:

  • Priority when booking spa treatments
  • Upgraded carpet & balcony cushioned balcony furniture
  • Upgraded mattress and pillows
  • Upgraded jetted shower head
  • Upgraded toiletries
  • Welcome gift of fresh fruit on embarkation day
  • Refreshments delivered daily
    • Water, coffee & tea
  • King-size down feather pillows
  • Cozy slippers and luxurious robes
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Succulents
  • Tranquil artwork
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Outside

Oceanview Stateroom, 2N Oceanview Stateroom (2N)
Two twin beds that convert to Royal King, full bathroom and sitting area with sofa.
Stateroom: 119 sq. ft. 

$1,189.58
per person



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Oceanview Stateroom, 1N Outside Oceanview Stateroom (1N)
Two twin beds that convert to Royal King, full bathroom and sitting area with sofa.
Stateroom: 119 sq. ft.
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Spacious Oceanview Stateroom, 3M Outside Spacious Oceanview Stateroom (3M)
Two twin beds that convert to Royal King, full bathroom and sitting area with sofa.
Stateroom: 187sq. ft.
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Spacious Oceanview Stateroom, 4M Outside Spacious Oceanview Stateroom (4M)
Two twin beds that convert to Royal King, full bathroom and sitting area with sofa.
Stateroom: 187sq. ft.
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Port Charges, Taxes & Fees of $193.58 per person are included in the pricing displayed above.

A deposit of $250.00 per person is due to reserve your stateroom.

3rd/4th in Stateroom - Please call to secure the best possible pricing

Cruise pricing is presented per person, based double occupancy of the stateroom, per standard industry practice. Pricing presented above is listed accordingly to allow easy comparison for the stateroom categories displayed. Our agents always provide 'total cost' pricing disclosing all particulars before you make any commitment.

COMPETITIVE PRICING PROMISE: We will match any price currently offered by the cruise line; this promise includes their short-term, promotional rates. As a value-added organizer of meetings at sea, however, we do not seek to compete with 'cruise discounters,' 'travel clubs,' or 'distressed inventory' sales operations.
PRICING SUBJECT TO CHANGE: Fares displayed above are subject to availabilty and to change until reserved with a deposit or full payment. While the fares listed can sell out (i.e. are "subject to availability"), they generally remain available until about 90 days before sailing, at which time they convert to typically higher, market rates. Market Rates offered directly by the cruise line and quoted by our agents are also subject to availability and to change at any time prior to depositing on your stateroom. Those rates are capacity and revenue controlled and can be withdrawn without notice.
CANCELLATION PENALTY POLICY WILL APPLY: We recommend Travel Insurance to protect your investment from unexpected, late cancellations.
Cruise Cancellation Policy:Late Cancellation policies vary by cruise line, itinerary and length of cruise. When reserving your stateroom, please congirm the policy applicable to this cruise with one of our agents.
Course Fee Cancellation Policy: 30+ days before sailing date - 75% Refund ; 7-29 days before sailing date - 50% Refund; Less than 7 days before sailing date - No Refund
FUEL SUPPLEMENT: During periods of unusual oil price volatility, cruiselines may implement a fuel surcharge at any time prior to sailing.

Chubb Travel Protection Overview

Please note, this insurance protection is available to the residents of the United States only,
that coverage limits are per person and that limits can vary by State.

Standard Plan Benefits Travel Basics Travel Essentials Travel Choice
Trip Cancellation 100% of Trip Costs
($100,000 maximum)
100% of Trip Costs
($100,000 maximum)
100% of Trip Costs
($100,000 maximum)
Trip Interruption 100% of Trip Costs
($100,000 maximum)
150% of Trip Costs
($150,000 maximum)
150% of Trip Costs
($150,000 maximum)
Trip Interruption - Return Air Only $500 $750 $1,000
Trip Delay $500 ($100 per day) $750 ($150 per day) $1,000 ($200 per day)
Missed Connection NA $250 $500
Baggage & Personal Effects $750 ($50 deductible) $1,000 $2,500
Baggage Delay $200 $300 $500
Accident & Sickness Medical Expense* $15,000 ($50 deductible) $25,000 $50,000
Emergency Evacuation & Repatriation of Remains $150,000 $500,000 $1,000,000
Accidental Death & Dismemberment NA $10,000 $50,000
Assistance Services Included Included Included
Additional Benefits (if purchased within 15 days of Initial Trip Payment; Day 1 is the date the Intial Trip Payment is made)
Pre-Existing Medical Condition Exclusion Waiver Included Included Included
Trip Cancellation/ Interruption due to Financial Default Included Included Included
Accident Sickness Medical Expense Excess Coverage Primary Coverage Primary Coverage
Baggage & Personal Effects Excess Coverage Excess Coverage Primary Coverage
Flight Accident $25,000 $50,000 NA
Missed Connection NA Additional $250 Included in base plan
Optional Benefits (if selected byt the Applicant and required premium is paid)
Medical Coverage Upgrade Included in base plan Included in base plan Additional $50,000
including Emergency Evacuation* Additional $150,000 Additional $500,000 Included in base plan
Car Rental Collision Coverage $35,000 ($250 Deductible) $35,000 ($250 Deductible) $35,000 ($250 Deductible)
Flight Accident Amount selected up to $500,000 Amount selected up to $500,000 NA
*Coverage, pricing and availability may vary by state
*Additional Benefits change not available for CA, CO, KS, MN, MO, MT, NH, NY, PA, TX or WA residents at this time.


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Before and After your cruise

Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown

27 Barclay St, New York, NY 10007

A Lower Manhattan Icon

Diverse, inspiring and vibrant – where art meets architecture in the heart of TriBeCa, Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown is steps away from the city’s most authentic neighborhoods. Come and discover a new kind of urban chic; whether you choose to rejuvenate in the globally inspired Spa with a heated indoor pool, or dine at CUT by renowned celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck.

https://www.fourseasons.com/newyorkdowntown/

Crowne Plaza HY36 Midtown Manhattan

320 W 36th St., New York, NY 10018

Modern Hospitality in Midtown Manhattan

The staff at the Crowne Plaza Midtown Manhattan is committed to providing a legendarily personable guest experience unlike any other in hospitality today. They take immense pride in ensuring your experience with them in the greatest city in the world is an unforgettable one. The hotel’s state of the art amenities include spa-like showers, spacious bathroom and guest rooms which are amongst the largest per square footage in Manhattan paired with a heavenly sleep experience, a best in class workout studio and much more.

https://www.ihg.com/crowneplaza/hotels/us/en/new-york/nycpc/hoteldetail

Hampton Inn Brooklyn/Downtown

125 Flatbush Ave Ext, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Home in the Heart of Downtown Brooklyn

Enjoy urban comfort and a warm welcome when you stay at Hampton Inn Brooklyn/Downtown. Conveniently located in the bustling heart of Brooklyn, at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge, this stylish Brooklyn hotel is three blocks from the Metro Tech Center and just a few subway stops from City Hall, Tribeca, and Manhattan's Financial District. WiFi and breakfast are both complementary.

https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/nycbohx-hampton-brooklyn-downtown/

Hotel Mimosa

79 Division St, New York, NY 10002

Chinatown Chic

Step away from the hustle and bustle of New York City into a clean, quiet room. Hotel Mimosa’s key feature is their exquisite personal service, represented in the hotel’s name. The Spanish word Mimosa means “pampered loved one”, a special family member. This hotel makes for the perfect resting place between adventures in Chinatown and the rest of the Big Apple.

https://www.hotelmimosany.com/

Residence Inn by Marriott New York JFK Airport

142-30 135th Ave, Queens, NY 11436

Soar Into Comfort

This hotel is extremely conveniently located near John F. Kennedy International Airport, making it a perfect option for resting up after your flight and before your cruise. With extensive room options and amenities, the Residence Inn by Marriott is well suited to accommodate just about any traveler.

https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/nycrj-residence-inn-new-york-jfk-airport/overview/

Element Harrison - Newark

399 Somerset St, Harrison, NJ 07029

Easy Comfort Near Newark’s Airport

Conveniently located 5 miles from Newark Liberty Airport, a rejuvenating travel experience awaits guests visiting Element Harrison Newark. Intuitively designed with the needs of the modern traveler in mind, this hotel features sleek apartment-style accommodations. Enjoy an array of smart amenities, including pristine kitchenettes, serene rainfall showers and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi.

https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/ewrel-element-harrison-newark/overview/

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