Back-of-the-Room Realization Leads to Indispensable Tool for Practitioners

June 10, 2016
Spotlight
When she was teaching geriatrics, Pam Fenstemacher, MD, CMD, sat in on a Society Core Curriculum on Medical Direction in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care program; and she made a powerful observation. “Many of the physicians, even experienced ones, didn’t know much about some important aspects of long-term care practice, such as who tracks the MDS [Minimum Data Sets] and how this works, what various regulations are and how they impact practice in this setting, and even the extent of their clinical roles and responsibilities as physician leaders,” she says. She wanted to do something to support physicians who have the passion and dedication to be strong, effective post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) practitioners but lack some useful, practical knowledge.