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July 1, 2016

About one in seven people residing in today’s nursing homes is under age 65. “This setting isn’t designed with these younger individuals in mind," says , Rebecca Ferrini, MD, CMD, presenter of an upcoming webinar on the topic. “We need to understand that their conditions often represent a life interrupted. This creates turmoil that we don’t tend to see in our older patients. They don’t want to be dependent on others, they’re angry at those around them, and they may act out,” says. Dr. Ferrini. She adds, “We need to understand where they come from, what their losses mean to them, what...

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June 24, 2016

Over the years, the Foundation has built a strong legacy of research and education initiatives that have driven innovative, quality post-acute and long-term care (PALTC). Now, the organization is evolving to further serve PALTC practitioners and enable more Society members to be involved in planning, shaping, and creating a successful future for their patients, their practices, and their profession. “We have been working hard in recent months to envision how the Foundation can serve the broader needs of the Society and be more robust in its programming and fundraising capacity,” says...

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June 17, 2016

Society members have two free webinars to attend over the next few weeks, both on hot topics containing new information. The first webinar, “Parameters for Discussing and Billing for the New Advance Care Plan Code" will help Society members become more familiar with the new advance care planning codes and how to bill for them. “It will help hone participants’ skills in having discussions with their patients and family members about advance care planning, a very important topic,” says speaker Karl Steinberg, MD, CMD.

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June 10, 2016
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...
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May 27, 2016

Safe and effective medication therapy starts with quality prescribing. “There are some basic dos and don’t’s for prescribing and managing medications in the post-acute and long-term care setting based on best practices and clinical evidence,” says AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine President Susan Levy, MD, CMD. Sharing this kind of information with stakeholders—from practitioners to patients—is part of what the Society’s new Quality Prescribing initiative is all about. Read more. ...

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May 20, 2016
“I knew right away that these were my people,” recalls David Brechtelsbauer, MD, CMD about attending his first Society Annual Conference. Dr. B, as he is called by many, was recently recognized with a lifetime membership for his countless hours of work and the dedication he's shown to the Society, his patients, and the field of post-acute and long-term care. The Society has grown since his first involvement, but Dr. Brechtelsbauer says that it hasn’t lost its “family feel” with “people who are willing to share and talk about the issues that matter to our patients, our teams, and our...
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May 13, 2016
The AMDA—The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine House of Delegates (HoD) passed several significant white papers and resolutions at its recent meeting in Orlando, FL. “It was an incredibly productive and interesting meeting. We made tremendous progress on several key issues within a limited time frame,” says 2015-2016 HoD Chair Milta Little, DO, CMD.
Spotlight
May 5, 2016

“We need people on the ground to be involved,” said Daniel Wolfson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the ABIM Foundation. “We need them to work with us to demonstrate and communicate to others their successes with the Choosing Wisely campaign.” To move forward on this goal, the ABIM Foundation recently announced a new component of the Choosing Wisely campaign—the Choosing Wisely Champions program, a national initiative to help recognize clinicians who are leading efforts to reduce overuse and waste in medicine. The Society will recognize our Champions in various ways...

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April 29, 2016

John Morley, MB,BCh, Editor-in-Chief of JAMDA, is one of those larger than life figures who lives each day to the fullest and makes every moment count. At the helm of the Society’s journal, he has attracted many prestigious international authors and made JAMDA one of the most frequently cited sources of information on geriatrics and post-acute and long-term care (PALTC). Now, Dr. Morley is looking toward retirement—well, semi-retirement - and he plans to step down as JAMDA Editor. In the coming months, the search for a replacement will...

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April 22, 2016

“You watch these people on the stage at the Annual Conferences and you see their pictures and bylines in various publications, and they become rock stars in a way,” Wayne S. Saltsman, MD, PhD, CMD, a new House of Delegates Representative on the AMDA—The Society of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine Board of Directors. However, he notes, these ‘stars’ are much more accessible and approachable. “I would go up to these people and introduce myself, and they were always so gracious and welcoming.” He recalled once sending Caring for the Ages Editor-in-Chief Karl Steinberg, MD, CMD...