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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.”

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July 22, 2016

Scott Hanson, DO, wasn’t thinking about creating an award-winning poster when he started examining the use of antiplatelet and anticoagulation therapies in his facility. He was seeking to improve care and prevent avoidable hospitalization. Not only did he end up with findings that led to the establishment of an anticoagulant management service at the nursing home, but they also resulted in “Adverse Effects of Anticoagulation and Antiplatelet Therapies in Frail Nursing Home Patients,” the Howard Guterman award-winning poster at the Society’s 2016 Annual Conference.

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July 15, 2016
"Our study was sparked when we noticed that for the first time in our facility we had used more antibiotics for respiratory infections than for UTIs. We decided to look at why this was and figure out a way to decrease the inappropriate use of antibiotics for viral upper respiratory tract infection,” says Joe Boero, MD, CMD, from Park Manor Nursing Home, a recipient of the 2016 Quality Improvement and Health Outcomes (QIHO) Award for “Finding Pneumo: Antibiotic Stewardship Principles Used in a QAPI Project to Decrease Inappropriate Antibiotic Use in Respiratory Tract Infection in a Long-Term...
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July 8, 2016

At this year’s course, September 30-October 2 in Arlington, VA, Dr. Trice will be conducting an innovative program on pain management. “We learned from course feedback that this is an important topic. This year, we will be sending out a survey to participants to learn about their needs and questions and find out if they have any best practices to share.” This is significant, she says, as “we always have good people with resources and experience who welcome the opportunity to share with others. It will be extremely valuable when people bring and share their comprehensive pain assessment...

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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. ...