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November 18, 2016

Physician Assistant Annie Zambrano, PA-C, is proud of the role she plays in post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) facilities. She is looking forward to seeing her family of professional colleagues at the 2017 Annual Conference in Phoenix next March. “I have attended the Society annual meeting for five years. It’s always been very welcoming. I get to talk with medical directors from across the country, and I haven’t met one who doesn’t work with at least one physician assistant or nurse practitioner.”

November 11, 2016

“We will highlight the major changes, including the timing of the adoption phases--the first of which starts on November 28 of this year," says Karl Steinberg, MD, CMD. "Then we will talk about the issues that have the greatest implication for and impact on medical directors and other clinicians." These include new definitions of psychotropic drugs and increased consultant pharmacist tasks. The presenters also will explain the QAPI process that facilities will be required to develop and describe the focus on antibiotic stewardship and infection control in the final rule....

November 4, 2016

“All of us need to undo some long-term brainwashing that makes people think that antibiotics can do everything or that they can’t hurt. We have to help people move from thinking about antibiotics as something to use ‘just in case’ to ‘only when necessary,’” says Robin Jump, MD, PhD, presenter at a Society webinar on “Antibiotic Stewardship,” on November 30, 7:00-8:30 pm Eastern.

October 28, 2016

“The keynote speakers are very engaging. I’ve especially enjoyed hearing from regulatory and legislative insiders who offer insights into payment and policy issues,” says David Greene, MD, CMD, the first registrant for the 2017 Annual Conference. He also appreciates the opportunity to hear from national post-acute and long-term care leaders. “At the Society conferences, you get talks from the people who wrote the book—really brilliant practitioners, the movers and shakers who have contributed enormously to nursing home care and are widely respected,” he says.

October 21, 2016
“We have to deal with many issues, such as state and federal regulations, that we weren’t taught in school. Those who practice in this field and yet don’t actively participate in the Society are missing out on a great opportunity. We desperately need the Society’s leadership and expertise in the matters of regulations, advocacy, and public policy, and its guidance to navigate the ever shifting paradigm of health care delivery in this care setting," says Rajeev Kumar, MD CMD, FACP. “When I talk to other clinicians, they are barely aware of recent changes in health care and have made little to...
October 14, 2016
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help analyze and define post-acute and long-term care medicine as a specialty field. It is a chance to contribute to an analysis that will create a widespread understanding about what we do every day,” says ABPLM Chair Thomas Edmondson, MD, CMD. Less than an hour of time—what it takes for a meal, a workout, or reading the newspaper. This is all it takes for you to help ensure that stakeholders—from hospital systems and insurers to government agencies and policymakers to facility owners and administrators--understand the value of skilled,...
October 7, 2016

Nearly every week, there are changes in health care. Payment reform is in the works and alternate payment models are popping up left and right. The best way to stay on top of all of this activity and connect with colleagues to share ideas, thoughts, concerns, and best practices is waiting for you in the desert. Join physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other clinicians and stakeholders at the Society’s Annual Conference, March 16-19 at the Phoenix (AZ) Convention Center.

The Society’s Annual Conference is more than just the best place to get post-acute and...

September 30, 2016

With a contentious election just weeks away, Society leaders hit Capitol Hill to address issues including advance care planning and the three-day inpatient stay requirement. “We had several goals going in, and we accomplished a lot,” says Society public policy consultant lobbyist Susan Emmer. She observed that in addition to discussing key issues, participants were successful in helping to ensure that Congressional members and staff understand who medical directors and other post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) clinicians are, what they do, and how the Society and its members can serve as...

September 23, 2016

"People working in post-acute and long-term care are some of the most innovative, creative people in the world. They are stretched for resources and time and deal with the most vulnerable, complex frail elders. But they solve problems that others walk away from, and they create miracles every day. It’s part of their job, and they see their amazing accomplishments as just another day’s work,” says Society Executive Director Christopher Laxton, CAE. As a result, they don’t often think of applying for awards or seeking opportunities for recognition; or, he suggests, they think they don’t have...

September 16, 2016

“We need to find a way to triage it and work as an educated team to address oral health in this setting,” says Leonard Brennan, DMD, who will present a webinar on the topic on October 26. Oral care won’t happen, says Dr. Brennan, if caregivers dread providing it or don’t have the knowledge or tools to be effective. “Sometimes caregivers don’t start because they know they can’t finish,” he says, “so it is important to set reasonable goals. You don’t necessarily have to finish the entire mouth at one sitting to be successful.”