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June 17, 2019

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As medical cannabis use becomes more popular and prevalent in the United States, post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) facilities and practitioners can expect to encounter questions, concerns, demands, and controversy. Yet, as the evidence grows about medical cannabis’ benefits for certain indications—and more and more...

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June 11, 2019

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The Society’s House of Delegates (HoD) tackled a full agenda at its meeting during the organization’s annual conference in Atlanta, GA, and the group did so with energy, passion, lively discussion, and diverse insights.  Society members often talk about the organization being their professional family, and HoD Chair...

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June 5, 2019

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On the May 28 AMDA On-The-Go podcast about the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM), host Wayne Saltsman, MD, PhD, CMD, had several questions: “What is this new thing called PDPM? How is it generated? Why do we need it? What was wrong with the current system? What does PDPM mean, if anything, to patients and medical teams...

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May 30, 2019

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Society Treasurer Jeffrey Nichols, MD, CMD, is widely known for his popular “Dear Dr. Jeff “column in Caring for the Ages. However, he is more than that--much more. He currently is chief medical officer at the Gouverneur Skilled Nursing Facility in New York City....

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May 21, 2019

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AMDA On-The-Go host Wayne Saltsman, MD, PhD, CMD, started his May 13 podcast with a brief history of the Society’s Certified Medical Director (CMD) designation. “The vision was that a certified medical director would maintain the highest quality of care in the post-acute and long-term care population,” he said. He...

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May 15, 2019

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AMDA On-The-Go podcast host Wayne Saltsman, MD, PhD, CMD, asked some tough questions at the beginning of his April 29 show on Appropriate Use of Antipsychotics in LTC Facilities. Specifically, “In the ever-swinging pendulum of health care, where are we now with regard to antipsychotic medication? Is it useful ‘off label...

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May 7, 2019

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Concerns about sepsis bring with them lots of questions. A May 15 Society webinar, Sepsis: Practical Pearls in Diagnosis and Treatment Decisions in LTC, will provide some answers. Webinar participants will gain insights into known principles of sepsis clinical management, the role of the communication cascade, which...

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April 30, 2019

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During a recent AMDA On-The-Go podcast on Advance Care Planning (ACP), host Wayne Saltsman, MD, PhD, CMD, noted that this “is by no means a new concept in medicine.” Yet guest Karl Steinberg, MD, CMD, HMDC, brought lots of fresh insights and energy to the topic. He said, “We have seen improvements in patients...

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April 25, 2019

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“This is huge.” That is how practitioners and providers alike are describing the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) that goes into effect on October 1. The Society is staying on top of this hot topic with publications and programming, including a May 1 webinar, The Quest for Quality: Red Flags in Skilled Therapy and the...

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April 16, 2019

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The AMDA On-The-Go podcast on deprescribing, recorded live at the Society’s annual conference in Atlanta, GA, last month, started with laughter and fun as host Wayne Saltsman, MD, PhD, CMD, and guest Daniel Haimowitz, MD, CMD, joked about using an applause sign to trigger audience response. However, the conversation...