June 2021
Aspiring Leaders Wanted for the PMDA Board of Directors

The PMDA Board of Directors manages the business and affairs of the association. Each year, at the annual business meeting held in conjunction with the annual meeting, PMDA members elect two new members to the 13-membered Board of Directors. This year’s business meeting and elections will be held virtually, on Friday afternoon, October 22, 2021, during the PMDA Virtual Annual Meeting.
Those elected to the PMDA Board serve a maximum of two, consecutive three-year terms that commence on January 1 of the year following their election and end on December 31 of the third year of the term. Our directors meet at least twice a year, once in the fall in conjunction with the annual meeting, and once in the spring in conjunction with the Spring Symposium. Additional meetings may be called as needed.

The time commitment averages between 1 – 2 hours per month. Director’s chair and energize our committees, provide oversight and foresight for PMDA operations, steward the finances, and keep our organization of long-term care professionals focused on our mission to provide quality care for Pennsylvanians residing in the full continuum of long-term care facilities.

If you are an aspiring leader with an interest in meeting new people, learning new skills, and navigating PMDA towards the brightest of futures, please click the button below and submit your nomination.

We look forward to hearing from you!
Pennsylvania End of Life Updates from Pennsylvania POLST and the Coalition for Quality at End-of-Life

Our colleagues at the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and Pennsylvania POLST have been awarded a grant from the McElhattan Foundation to support efforts to enhance access to POLST education for providers across the state. This grant will support initiatives to enrich the POLST curriculum through the development of virtual education self-paced online modules that will allow for a greater number of individuals to access POLST education and enable POLST to continue to provide resources to help assure that patient preferences for care at the end of life are respected. The new education modules will be available this summer. 

The Coalition for Quality at End-of-Life (CQEL) is convening their next meeting on Thursday, June 24 with a focus on updates from National and Pennsylvania POLST. The session will also feature a presentation by Dr. Susan Tolle, Chair of the Oregon POLST Coalition and Director of the Center for Ethics in Healthcare. Dr. Tolle’s presentation “Aligning POLST Orders with Wishes: Time to Put Evidence into Practice” will discuss different states’ approaches to POLST quality assurance activities. The Journal of American Geriatrics Society recently published Dr. Tolle’s editorial of the same title which discusses the importance of implementing best practices and five considerations of POLST use. The publication can be accessed here and additional details about the figures in the article are provided in a brief video “Do Not Count POLST Forms” here. If you are interested in attending the upcoming presentation, please RSVP to Nicole Greer at greer@jhf.org.

Senate Bill 572 was introduced by prime sponsor Pennsylvania Senator Eugene Yaw and co-sponsors Senators J. Ward, Baker, Phillips-Hill, and Haywood on April 16th, 2021. The bill reintroduces legislation to update and revise Pennsylvania law (Title 20) so that it includes the codification of POLST to be used by medical professionals in all healthcare settings for individuals who wish to voluntarily complete a POLST document. Additional information about Senate Bill 572 can be accessed here.

Finally, National POLST has updated designations for states participating in National POLST activities. The new map, which can be accessed here, has removed language about “mature” status and has updated descriptions to include:
  • “Endorsed” indicating active programs that have shown their form and program meet national standards;
  • “Active” indicating that the program has at least one leader actively participating in National POLST governance and;
  • “Unaffiliated” indicating programs that do not have any POLST program leadership involvement in National POLST governance and their programs are not reviewed by National POLST.

Thank you to our friends at the Jewish Healthcare Foundation for permission to reprint a summary of the June Notes on POLST. 
Now’s the Time to Nominate Your Long-Term Care Clinician of the Year Candidate

The Long-Term Care Clinician of the Year Award is conferred on the clinician who demonstrates excellence in providing and/or promoting quality clinical care in the long-term care arena. The recipient’s vision, passion, leadership, knowledge, and commitment take patient care to exceptional levels of quality, excellence, and innovation in the facilities in which he/she serve.

And NOW, nominating your candidate is easier than ever. Just follow the link below to our online nomination form.  
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The PMDA Trainee Education Fund supports PMDA’s efforts to educate, recognize and inspire post-acute and long-term care clinicians in training in the benefits and rewards of a career in the PALTC continuum. Your contribution will allow us to continue to offer complimentary registration to the Annual Symposium for fellows, residents and students and support PMDA’s contribution to AMDA’s Futures Program. Help us invest in the future of practice in PALTC medicine.
PMDA's Winter Webinar Now Available
The PMDA Winter 2021 Webinar is now available for purchase! A recording of the webinar can be purchased using the form linked below.
Each recording is $15 plus 6% sales tax. You will need access to www.dropbox.com to receive the recordings.
EDGE21 Registration is Now Open
Make plans now to attend EDGE21 on August 27 from 10:00 AM-6:30 PM ET. This virtual symposium will give you the opportunity to discuss and debate controversial topics in the PALTC setting. Live and on-demand topics will include alternative medicine use, systemic societal ageism, racism and unconscious bias, and more. The goal is to improve patient care and outcomes by familiarizing participants with current and emerging issues in the PALTC setting to prepare them for potential leadership and ethical challenges.
Have you registered for AMDA’s new initiative, called Drive to Deprescribe – Optimizing Medication Use in PALTC (D2D)?
Who should participate?
Prescribers, pharmacists, DONs, CNOs, CMOs, and CEOs in the long-term care setting.

Date: Thursday, June 17
Time: 4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. ET
Fee: Free

Access the D2D Meeting Archives, which includes the call playback and slide deck.
Upcoming Webinars:
Update on the Use of Monoclonal Antibody (mAb) Therapies for COVID-19: A Review of New Treatments and At-Risk Populations
A Federal COVID Response Team collaboration with AHCA, AMDA, and LeadingAge
Date: June 15, 2021
Time: 3:00 PM ET
Clinical Laboratory Testing in PALTC: More Than A Black Box
Date: June 16, 2021
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 PM ET
Submit Abstracts for PALTC22
The Society is seeking 60 minute, 90 minute, and 3.5 hour in-person oral submissions —as well as proposals for on-demand sessions on all topics pertinent to PALTC medicine and medical direction—for PALTC22, which is being held March 10-13, 2022 in Baltimore, MD. Visit the abstract submission site for a complete list of topic areas. The deadline to submit your abstract is July 20, 2021. Please note the call for poster abstracts will open September 1.
New “Healing Together” Campaign
The past year has been an incredibly difficult one for many health-care professionals. To formally acknowledge the pain we have endured and continue to endure—as well as to honor Mental Health Awareness Month—the Society is launching the “Healing Together” campaign. Read more about it in this statement. It includes this extensive list of resources assembled by the Behavioral Health Advisory Council, which we urge you to share as widely as possible. And as the statement notes, “Collective trauma requires collective healing, and it begins with sharing our stories. Our work in nursing homes across the country suggests that people are eager to tell their stories, and that telling them brings a great sense of relief… As we embark on the next phase of the COVID journey, we encourage each of you to reflect on this last year, to listen to one another gently and non-judgmentally, and to make a commitment to ‘Healing Together.’”
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