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March 3, 2017

The 2017 Annual Conference begins in less than two weeks! If you haven’t registered yet, not to worry – onsite registration is available. Here are some things to you need to know before you go:

  • Registration opens Wednesday, March 15 at 2:00 PM. Stop by to register on-site, or if you have pre-registered, pick up your badge and conference materials.
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Spotlight
February 17, 2017

“We hope this will raise awareness at admission that patients might have COPD. If these individuals get proper treatment early on, they have better functioning and quality of life,” says Gwendolen Buhr, MD, CMD. Dr. Buhr is referencing the recently released COPD Management Pocket Guide, a quick reference tool to help with the recognition, assessment, treatment, and monitoring of COPD, with information adapted from the GOLD initiative for the condition and the Society’s clinical practice guideline (CPG). The guide also includes an Algorithm for Pharmacological Treatment of COPD.

Spotlight
February 10, 2017

Paige Hector, LMSW, a member of the Annual Conference Planning Subcommittee, is looking forward to welcoming her fellow members at the upcoming ‘reunion,’ the 2017 Annual Conference, in Phoenix next month. “My Society colleagues are kindred spirits. It’s exciting to have the conference here,” says Hector, a clinical educator and consultant based in Tucson. The Society is literally a family affair for Hector, whose spouse is a member and a medical director. “My husband is a geriatrician, and he loves the Society and working in nursing homes. He has been very encouraging of me to get more...

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February 3, 2017

“Our time is now. Post-acute and long-term care is being noticed, and experts in the field are being looked to for guidance and leadership,” says Society Vice President Cari Levy, MD, PhD, CMD. “You’re the expert we’re seeking to help set standards.” As part of this, she urges members to attend the “Medical Item Writing Workshop: Focus on Medical Direction and Attending Physicians’ Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities in PALTC,” which will take place on Thursday, March 16, at the Society's Annual Conference. She stresses, “Item writing training has been shown to enhance professional...

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January 27, 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.”...

Spotlight
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.”...

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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...

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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 www.stressipedia.com. 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...

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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.”

Spotlight
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....