Join us for this exciting new virtual event.  Speakers will be announced soon!

Registration opens September 1!

Symposium Schedule

(Times listed in EST)

Friday, November 20, 2020

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Leadership & Advocacy in the Era of COVID
COVID-19 continues to present many challenges to PALTC providers and facilities. This session will discuss the leadership challenges and opportunities created as a result of this pandemic, as well as describe why advocacy is a key element required from leaders today.
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Addressing Racial Inequality & Health Care Disparities – Leading the Transformation
One of the leading issues in health care is recognizing and addressing the extent that systemic racism has on every aspect of care delivery. Health care disparities remain a challenge to the treatment of acute and chronic conditions, and have proven to be a challenge in treating COVID-19. This session will be an in-depth discussion on systemic racism, health care disparities, and the impact to care delivery in PALTC.
1:45 PM – 2:15 PM Roundtable Discussions
Small virtual discussions addressing the emerging topics presented at the symposium.
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Ethical Challenge of Balancing the Individual’s Health vs. the Community’s Need
COVID-19 has forced us to reconsider how we address public health issues at every level of care, and how we weigh the needs of the many versus the need of the one. This session will review the efforts that nursing facilities have made to adopt protective public health initiatives for their staff and residents, and discuss the ethical considerations that this is having on the individual resident’s health and well-being.
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Advance Care Planning in the Age of COVID
COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted those of older age and those with chronic medical conditions. This has reinforced the need to have advance care planning as a cornerstone of every treatment plan. This session will discuss how we address advance care planning, and how these discussions have evolved in the face of this pandemic.
4:45 PM – 5:15 PM Roundtable Discussions
Small virtual discussions addressing the emerging topics presented at the symposium.
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Beyond the Walls of the SNF – Leadership & Ethical Considerations Across the PALTC Continuum
Much of PALTC is delivered in the AL, CCRC and home settings. Unfortunately, these settings have
varied in their level of preparedness for this pandemic. This session will present case studies to
describe and address the unique challenges present in ALs, CCRCs, and home care settings.

Saturday, November 21, 2020


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Leadership on Every Front – Operationalizing the Response
The response to COVID-19 has demonstrated the need for coordination between teams in and out of the facility. During this session we will share insights from leaders who are guiding their SNFs through this pandemic.
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Truth Telling, Equity & Professionalism: Lessons in Ethics and Leadership from the COVID Frontlines
From compassionate use of off-labeled medications to implementation of social distancing guidance in the PALTC setting, this pandemic has presented us with multiple ethical queries. This session will address ethical decision-making during the COVID-19 crisis, and discuss the tension between benevolence & nonmaleficence.
1:45 PM – 2:15 PM
Roundtable Discussions
Small virtual discussions addressing the emerging topics presented at the symposium.
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Telehealth Emergence in PALTC: COVID & Beyond
In the age of COVID-19, we have seen telehealth become a leading health care delivery solution. While this has been a solution for many rural and undeserved PALTC facilities in the past, we have seen the need to implement this technology overnight in PALTC facilities throughout the United States and around the world. This session will address telehealth as a current solution, and the long-term impact that telehealth will have on PALTC facilities in the future.
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Future of PALTC – Where Do We Go from Here? An Interdisciplinary Discussion
We are still facing the perils of COVID-19 in our facilities, but even as we manage the current surges and outbreaks the question remains: Where do we go from here? This session will discuss what needs to happen to continue to fight this battle, prepare for future health care challenges, and describe the actions we need to take to move forward.

Session titles are subject to change.