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COVID-19 Town Hall: Conversations with Coalition Leaders – COVID-19 Impact on Palliative Care and Hospice, Now and into the Future

July 27, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall III
Conversations with Coalition Leaders:
COVID-19 Impact on Palliative Care and Hospice, Now and into the Future

Monday, July 27, 2020, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Eastern Time

A 4-Part Series of Coalition webinars featuring Coalition Leaders providing perspective and insight facing the field during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This Coalition COVID-19 Town Hall III with national palliative care and hospice leaders discussed COVID-19 field response, addressed top concerns and answered key questions from professionals in the field. 

The panel will be addressing the following questions:

  • How have you and your organization’s work on the IDT changed in response to COVID-19?
  • What has most surprised you about HPAC during this pandemic?
  • It is noted that communities of color have and continue to be the hardest hit.  What, if anything, has been done differently to serve this population (better communication, outreach, education, etc)?
  • How would you position (medicine, nursing, PA, pharmacy for the future) or as we prepare for the continuation of this pandemic and shifting of hot spots around the country?


Judi Lund Person, BA, MPH, CHC  
Vice President, Regulatory and Compliance
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)


Judi Lund Person, BA, MPH, CHC is the Vice President, Regulatory and Compliance for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization where she serves as a key contact with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Judi helps ensure that NHPCO’s voice is heard with policymakers. She frequently interfaces with federal administrators of hospice payment policy, Part D, survey and certification, contractor management, and program integrity functions. She represents NHPCO with each of the Medicare Administrative Contractors and represents hospice and palliative care with other federal agencies and many national organizations.

Jeffrey Myers, MIH, MMSc, PA-C
Interim Section Head for Palliative Care, Division of Hematology/Oncology, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute
Instructor of Medicine, School of Medicine, OHSU
Physician Assistants in Hospice and Palliative Medicine (PAHPM)


Jeff Myers, MIH, MMSc, PA-C has a background that started out initially in rural primary care, making his start in southern Oregon after graduating from the PA Program at Emory University in 2007.  After several years in southern Oregon, Jeff made his way up to Portland and in 2013 joined the inpatient Palliative Care team at OHSU.  He currently shares responsibilities as the clinical lead and is the Interim Section Head for Palliative Care within the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute.  He is a regular lecturer and speaker for both the PA program and throughout the hospital and university. He has also been a preceptor for PA students interested in Palliative Care.  In addition to his activities at OHSU, he is a speaker across the state, and is the immediate past-president and on the Board of the Physician Assistants in Hospice and Palliative Medicine (PAHPM), the national group for all PAs practicing or with interest in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. 

Tammie E. Quest, MD
Director, Emory Palliative Care Center, Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University
Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM)


Dr. Tammie Quest is the Director of the Emory Palliative Care Center for Emory’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center. She is Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, and Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology at the Emory University School of Medicine and board certified in Emergency Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Dr. Quest is a Project on Death in America Faculty Scholar. Currently, she serves as the Chief of the Section of Palliative Medicine at the Atlanta VA Medical Center and is the former director of the Grady Cancer Center for Excellence Palliative Care Oncology Program. She is currently the Fellowship Program Director for the Emory University School of Medicine program in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and holds a strong interest in novel palliative care curriculum design and teaching methodologies for both undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate medical trainees that she teaches locally, regionally and nationally.

Dr. Quest is the Director of the NCI sponsored Education in Palliative and End of Life Care–Emergency Medicine (EPEC-EM) Project. She serves as a member of the National Priorities Partnership’s Palliative and End-of-life Care work group. With a strong interest in ethics and end of life care, she holds a core faculty appointment at the Emory University Center for Ethics and she is the immediate past-Chair of the Ethics Committee for the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine and a member of the ethics committee for the American College of Emergency Physicians. In 2016, she was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to the Georgia Palliative Care and Quality of Life Advisory Council. She is also president-elect of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Kathyrn Walker, PharmD
Regional Director for Palliative Clinical Outcomes, Research and Education, MedStar North
Assistant Professor, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Society for Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacists (SPPCP)


Kathryn Walker, PharmD, is the regional director for Palliative Clinical Outcomes, Research and Education for MedStar North. She also is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.

She specializes in palliative care services, end-of-life medication use, and education of health professionals in providing quality end-of-life care. Her passion for alleviating suffering drives her efforts in pain management, clinical practice, research and education.

Dr. Walker provides palliative medicine consultations throughout the MedStar hospitals, focusing on patients in the intensive-care units. She developed a protocol for terminal withdrawal of mechanical ventilation and a standardized palliative care order set that serve as models throughout the MedStar system. She frequently serves as a consultant on complex medical, symptom management and ethics cases, and she was instrumental in creating and expanding the pharmacy-based pain management consultation team. Dr. Walker participates in many educational efforts to increase awareness of pain issues and teach appropriate management techniques related to drug therapy.

Dr. Walker was the first pharmacist to be chosen to complete the MedStar Medical Education Research Certificate Program, sponsored in conjunction with the Association of American Medical Colleges. She was in the first cohort of providers nationally to become a Certified Pain Educator, and she is board certified as a pharmacotherapy specialist. Dr. Walker is a past president of the Maryland Pain Initiative (MPI) and has served on the boards of directors for MPI and the Maryland Society of Health System Pharmacists. She holds additional memberships in the Maryland Pharmacists Association, the American College of Clinical Pharmacists, and the Hospice and Palliative Care Network of Maryland.

Dr. Walker is frequently invited to speak at national and regional meetings of professional societies, where she lectures on palliative care, guidelines for ventilator withdrawal and pain medication, and other palliative-care issues. Her research has been published in journals, including the Journal of Supportive Oncology and theJournal of Palliative Medicine. She serves as a reviewer for the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She has received several awards from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for her work in the Public Health Service, and she received an Innovative Practice Award from the Maryland Pharmacists Association.

After completing her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Dr. Walker completed a specialty residency in Palliative Care at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in Baltimore.

Michelle Webb, RN, DNP, BC-CHPCA
Assistant Professor at Duke University School of Nursing
Board of Directors, HPNA
Hospice and Palliative Nurse Association (HPNA)


Michelle Webb, RN, DNP, BC-CHPCA is currently an Assistant Professor at Duke University School of Nursing.  Prior to taking on this role in she held a variety of progressive leadership positions at Four Seasons.  She was the Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Learning Officer at Teleios Collaborative Network from 2017 to January of 2020 and continues at Teleios as a Nursing Practice Coach.  She currently serves as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses’ Association Board of Directors.


July 27, 2020
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm