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January 20, 2017

"The positive response to making Part I available online was overwhelmingly positive, and we were pleased to see that we could give participants the flexibility they want while retaining the personalized, interactive nature of the program,” says Core Curriculum Past Program Chair Jeffrey Burl, MD, CMD. Now, more than 90% of the entire Core Curriculum is offered online. Dr. Burl says, "They are attracted to programs that they can pursue online at their leisure. We need to be able to offer such initiatives if we are to attract young practitioners to post-acute and long-term care medicine.”...

January 13, 2017

“It is essential for PALTC practitioners to be engaged in quality measure development. We need measures that focus on activities and areas that our physicians are involved in and responsible for, and for which we can be realistically measured,” says Society member Dheeraj Mahajan, MD, FACP, CMD. Dr. Mahajan is co-chair of the PCPI® Technical Expert Panel (TEP) on Care Coordination. PCPI® is a membership organization focused on improving patient health and safety through the advancement of measurement science, quality improvement, and clinical registries. “No one questions the value of...

January 6, 2017

“It used to be that patients looked solely to the physician for answers to medical questions. Today is it more common for patients and families to question or challenge the physician. This can create a crisis of confidence,” says Peter Hanson, MD, keynote speaker for the Society’s 2017 Annual Conference, author of The Joy of Stress, and creator of the website Dr. Hanson looks forward to speaking in Phoenix. "It is an honor to speak to my colleagues. I’ve gone through a great deal of the stress they face, and it’s very...

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...