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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...

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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...

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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.”

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September 9, 2016

With a growing national focus on antibiotic stewardship, facilities and practitioners everywhere are scrambling for tools and resources to help reduce the inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics and implement policies that will produce long-term results. Thanks to a study funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Society members will be able to get a leg up on antibiotic stewardship and access evidence-based, cutting-edge education, training materials, and more.

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September 2, 2016

“The DON and the care team don’t have time to reinvent the wheel—to develop tools and educational programs that encompass the level of detail and depth of clinical evidence that our CPGs and other products provide. We do this work for them,” says Mary Mulligan, RN, BSN, MA, CLNC, CDONA/LTC, the Society’s Acting Director of Clinical Affairs. Now through September 8 you can purchase any Society product, including archived conference sessions for 20% off. Use promo code LDAY16 at checkout.

Spotlight
August 26, 2016

“I find that the Advanced program is more focused on what is happening in terms of actual medical direction. I get information I can bring back to my QAPI [Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement] meetings and say, ‘This is where things are going. This is what we need to focus on,’” says Teig Marco, MD, CMD. He adds, “The interactive aspect of the program is a nice feature. You really connect with the others in your group.” He stresses that these relationships can be helpful well beyond the meeting.

Spotlight
August 19, 2016

“As with all of the Society’s clinical practice guidelines (CPGs), the COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) Management CPG focuses on optimizing care, avoiding readmissions, and preventing problems that occur in transitions. We highlight interventions shown to reduce avoidable, negative outcomes that trigger transfers,” says Barney Spivack, MD, CMD, FACP, National Medical Director, Medicare Case and Condition Management, for Optum. Dr. Spivack was instrumental in efforts to revise and update the COPD CPG, which was released earlier this year

Spotlight
August 12, 2016

“A lot of people related to the project on a personal level—they have loved ones who they think could benefit from it. Other people wanted to implement something similar in their own facilities," says Daniel Goltz. Goltz, though still in medical school, is already an experienced researcher—thanks in part to an award from the Foundation for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (formerly the AMDA Foundation). Goltz and his colleague Kelly Ryan Murphy received a 2016 Quality Improvement & Health Outcomes (QIHO) Award for “Connecting Residents with Dementia to Their Autobiographic...

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August 5, 2016

“The use of narcotics to treat pain will likely go the way of atypical antipsychotics. The survey process will likely include gradual dose reductions. Narcotics are used to treat pain but these drugs also kill people,” says Eric Tangalos, MD, CMD, presenter of an upcoming webinar on chronic pain management. “We need to make efforts to reduce pain without relying on narcotics. We need to be aware of dosing in Morphine Milligram Equivalents.” Not only is this best for the patient; practitioners also will be getting pressure from federal and state regulators to address pain safely. “Most...

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July 29, 2016

“The word on the street was that the Society’s conference was clinical and practice focused, and my mentor suggested the Futures Program as great exposure to this care setting,” says Karen Kirkham, MD. “I learned about a wide array of tools and data for this setting that I was unware of previously.” She adds, “I also gained a great deal of insight into post-acute and long-term care. The course directors and presenters were all so passionate. I was surprised and pleased to hear how engaged they are with their patients and how exciting their work is.”