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Caring for the Ages
June 1, 2019

For the past 16 years, the California Association of Long Term Care Medicine (CALTCM) has been offering practitioners from all over the country the chance to spend time in an intensive and highly interactive setting with leaders in the field of geriatric medical management. Now it’s your turn to take advantage of this unique opportunity to become a sought-after candidate for leadership positions by participating in the 17th annual Leadership & Management in Geriatrics (LMG) conference, August 2-3 in Carlsbad, CA.

Caring for the Ages
June 1, 2019

Arif Nazir, MD, CMD, chief medical officer for Signature HealthCARE, is the Society’s president for 2019-2020. Dr. Nazir shared his thoughts and insights on his new role in an exclusive video available online at https://paltc.org/publications/meet-society%E2%80%99s-new-president. Here are some excerpts of the Q&A with Dr. Nazir:

Caring for the Ages
June 1, 2019

Caring’s long-time editor-in-chief shares his parting thoughts as the magazine enters a new phase. 2

Caring for the Ages
June 1, 2019

Speaking at a session during the AMDA - The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine’s annual conference, “Sleeplessness in the Nursing Home,” Ariel Cole, MD, FAAFP, CMD, admitted that she doesn’t always feel completely effective at managing sleep. “My name is on some [pill] bottles; that causes my chagrin,” she said. But she added that a patient’s first day in the nursing home is not the time to take that person off the sleep medication he or she has been taking for years. Ultimately, she suggested, addressing sleep problems in residents is not about “absolutes,” but about “...

Caring for the Ages
June 1, 2019

At first glance, Ruby Kate Chitsey may seem like your average 11-year-old girl. She goes to school, spends time with her family, and plays with her pets. But this fifth grader has raised more than $100,000 to touch the lives — and hearts — of nursing home residents in her state and beyond. She is anything but average.

Caring for the Ages
June 1, 2019

“This is important to me and to many geriatricians: the point of deprescribing is that we can do something,” said Daniel Haimowitz, MD, FACP, CMD, who spoke on this topic at the live AMDA On-The-Go podcast at the annual conference of AMDA — The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. He noted that when people fall prey to polypharmacy in the community, “we can do good things for them when they come to our care. We can improve their quality of life.”

Caring for the Ages
June 1, 2019

Daniel Haimowitz, MD, FACP, CMD, a Pennsylvania-based multifacility medical director, talks about deprescribing done right.

Caring for the Ages
June 1, 2019

The pressure has been mounting for skilled nursing facilities to prevent avoidable hospitalizations, and a statistic from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) explains why. According to CMS, among Medicare-Medicaid enrollees in long-term care facilities, 45% of hospital admissions could have been avoided. And these hospitalizations, in addition to increasing expenditures for CMS and SNFs, can have dire consequences for residents.

Caring for the Ages
June 1, 2019

The Year in Review keynote address during the opening general session of the annual conference of AMDA — The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine stood out as a source of clinical insight applicable across a broad range of conditions managed by post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) practitioners. The address covered 10 recently published studies selected as controversial or able to affect the direction of future research and clinical practice. Each of the three presenters covered several studies, asking specific clinical questions to help the audience put the data in the...

Caring for the Ages
June 1, 2019

The Howard Guterman Best Poster Award was presented at the 2019 annual conference of AMDA — The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine to a research team led by Tiffany Rose, NP. At the conference, Ms. Rose, a nurse practitioner from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC, presented a poster titled, “Fall Reduction Program in a Skilled Nursing Facility: A Multidisciplinary Approach.”