General Session Highlights

General Session Highlights

Friday, March 17

8:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Keynote Address
The Wins of Change
Peter Hanson, MD

Today, the only constant in our life is change. Our innate reflexes of “fight and flight” have no use when we are sitting at a desk or in traffic. Our learned strategies of rote memorization no longer apply to the internet world.  Modern medicine has made some truly amazing advances, but none of them can actively correct the dangers that passive lifestyle choices bring. Using insights from his best-seller “The Joy of Stress,” Dr. Hanson provides an entertaining and vital perspective on the importance of changing our paradigms to match the changing challenges we face.  

Peter Hanson, MD, was born in Vancouver, B.C. His aptitudes as a public speaker surfaced early; he was performing regular comedy monologues on live television by the age of 14. But his career had serious objectives, and he graduated from the University of Toronto Medical School at the age of 24. He worked for 3 years as an emergency room physician, before opening his family practice. He delivered over 1,000 babies, made over 5,000 house calls, and saw the effects of stress on all of his patients, from pediatrics to geriatrics. While most of his patients blamed stress for their medical and personal problems, he was inspired by the few who had the same stress levels, but with opposite outcomes. These people had demanding stresses at work and sometimes tragic stresses in their personal lives. But, with a different set of choices than their peers, were able to prosper at work, and live long, healthy lives. It was from these patients that he realized that good health did not depend on an individual’s quantity of stress, but rather on the quality of choices being made. This formed the basis for his international bestseller, “The Joy of Stress.” During that time, he also served as a team doctor for the Denver Broncos, and the NHL’s LA Kings and Colorado Avalanche. He currently lives in Vancouver, BC, where he specializes in sports medicine and drug-free pain management with trigger point microdissections.

Saturday, March 18

8:00 AM – 10:30 AM

The Society’s Top Policy Issues 2017
Updates on the top Society activity on policy issues including the following: legislative advocacy, communications with government agencies, updates on the health care reform implementation efforts, and on proposed changes to PA/LTC facilities requirements for participation.
Karl Steinberg, MD, CMD, Chair, Public Policy Committee; David Nace, MD, CMD, Vice Chair, Public Policy Committee; Alex Bardakh, MPP, Director, Public Policy and Advocacy

Coding Changes that Impact Your PA/LTC Practice
Overview of new and updated Advance Care Planning, Chronic Care Management, Complex Chronic Care Management codes and how and when to use them in your practice.
Speakers TBD

Quality in PA/LTC: Quality Measurement and New Requirements of Participation
Overview of quality for clinicians in post-acute and long-term care including current physician program requirements as well as the new requirements of participation for long-term care facilities.
Speakers TBD 

Sunday, March 19

8:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Anne-Marie Filkin Lecture
Contemplative Living in Busy Lives: Tools for Joy
Rabbi Chava Bahle

The pace of technology, innovation and the effects of the 24/7 new cycle touch us all deeply. In this multimedia presentation, Rabbi Chava Bahle will bring ancient wisdom, contemporary practices, animated storytelling and good humor to reminding participants of what the heart already knows: what we focus on grows, and when we move at the pace of wisdom, life and work unfold with sweetness.

Rabbi Chava Bahle is a national leader in interreligious dialogue and leadership. An ordained Maggid, Jewish inspirational preacher and story teller, she travels the country sharing wisdom with a unique blend of depth, good humor and access to a broad range of traditions. She was an organizational development for many years. She was the first rabbi in history to be called to serve a Unitarian Universalist congregation and also to be enrolled in the doctor of ministry program at Catholic Theological Union, where she now studies. Her TEDx talk on "The Common Heart: Spiritual Paradigm Shift" and her work in deep ecumenism have made her a popular speaker at national events.


Closing Keynote
How to Keep Your Memory Working Better, Longer
Marc Milstein, PhD

Can’t remember where you parked your car or the name of the person you just met? Do you find yourself at the refrigerator with the door open, but you can’t remember what you wanted to eat? Want to improve your memory and keep your memory strong? New insights into understanding memory are providing us with scientifically proven ways to strengthen, protect and maximize our memory.

Marc Milstein, PhD, specializes in connecting the latest research from multiple science disciplines and integrating this complex information into a clear, accurate picture for physicians, therapists, companies, and anyone who is looking for clear solutions to improve our health and happiness. Dr. Milstein is a scientist, researcher, and professional speaker who makes cutting-edge health and wellness research approachable, and empowers his audience to apply these vital findings to their work and daily lives. He earned both his PhD in Biological Chemistry and his Bachelor of Science in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from UCLA.