October 2021
PMDA 29th Annual Symposium - An Educational Extravaganza You Don’t Want to Miss! Friday, October 22 | AirMeet

PMDA’s annual symposium will feature a full day of cutting-edge insights and outlooks from leading authorities in post-acute and long-term care. The topics are timely and address challenges you encounter every day. From clinical to public policy, we’ve got you covered!

Sessions include:

  • Hypothyroidism & Hyperthyroidism, Hyponatremia, and Parathyroid – Renu Joshi, MD, and Jilcy Matthew MD will provide an overview of the diagnosis and management of these disorders including the appropriate duration and timing of treatment.

  • Moving Towards an Equitable Long-Term Care System - Jasmine Travers PhD, MHS, RN, AGPCNP-BC will help attendees recognize inequities in long-term care delivery and proactively respond with appropriate person-centered care.

  • Nursing Home Psychiatry for Non-Psychiatrists with a Focus on Med Management – Lea Watson, MD will help providers gain a familiarity with the administration of psychotropics medications for behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia.

  • Outbreaks and Containment of Candida auris – Brionna Matt, DO will help you have a plan in place before your facility finds its first case of C. auris. Learn how to partner better with the DOH to ensure appropriate testing, notification, and containment. 

  • Post-Acute Symptoms and Sequelae after SARS CoV-2 Infection - Annukka Antar MD, PhD will instruct attendees on recognizing common and uncommon post-acute symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 infection and educating patients about risk factors and the duration of illness.

  • AMDA Public Policy Update – AMDA Public Policy Director Alex Bardakh MPP, CAE will review legislative and regulatory issues of interest to the PALTC community.

  • Five Articles That Could Affect your LTC Practice and Public Policy Update - AMDA Past President David Nace, MD, MPH, CMD reviews the latest literature related to post-acute and long-term care, distilling key points that may affect your practice so you can plan accordingly.
 
The Annual Symposium will also include the Annual Business Meeting of PMDA members as well as opportunities to visit our exhibitors.
 
The cost is $125 for PMDA member physicians; $150 for non-member physicians and $80 for non-physician PMDA members; $100 for non-physician non-members. Resident/Fellows attend for free. For more information and to register for the meeting, use the link below.
A Pandemic of Different Proportions: Labor Shortages in Long-Term Care (A Story Told in Numbers and Stories)
Danielle Snyderman, MD, CMD

Labor shortages are not new to long-term care, but it is safe to say that the COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted this staffing crisis. Though the employment in non-health care occupations has begun to recover from the shock of the pandemic, the staffing crisis continues to be highlighted in long-term care.

The numbers:
Eighty-six percent of nursing homes and 77% of assisted living providers said their workforce situation has gotten worse over the last three months (since June 2021).

Seventy-eight percent of nursing homes and 61% of assisted living communities are concerned workforce challenges might force them to close. More than one-third of nursing homes are very concerned about having to shut down their facility(ies).

Source: American Health Care Association & National Center for Assisted Living Survey of 1,183 Nursing Home and Assisted Living Providers, September 2021.

Many steps will be needed to address this workforce shortage. These include prioritizing long-term care to ensure nursing facilities have the resources necessary to care for an aging population, recognizing the value of long-term care workers and increasing their rate of remuneration; and improving the perception of the industry.

The stories:
For those of us who do the work, who are on the inside of these buildings, we know first-hand the importance of the work. We also know that the nurses, aides, and other interprofessional staff are the backbone of long-term care. “The Things we Carry” is an essay I wrote in December 2020 that describes the team sport that is long-term care. As we aim to think creatively about ways in which we can support our buildings’ administration team as they strategize to hire staff, may we be reminded of our voice to advocate for the true heroes in our buildings.

Any views or opinions presented in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent any policy or position of PAMED, PMDA, AMDA, its affiliates, and members.
PMDA Nominating Committee Reports Out 2022 Slate of Officers and Directors

The PMDA Nominating Committee manages nominations for the Board and senior leadership positions from start to finish. It leads the process for Board appointments and recommends annually a slate of candidates to fill officer and director vacancies on the Board. Those candidates so identified stand for election at the annual business meeting of the members held in conjunction with the PMDA Annual Symposium. This year’s symposium and business meeting will be held virtually on October 22, 2021.

As of December 31, 2021, the positions of president-elect, treasurer, and secretary will be vacant.

The president-elect serves a two-year term. PMDA Secretary, Dilip K. Elangbam, MD, CMD, FACP has agreed to stand for election.

The PMDA treasurer serves a two-year term. PMDA Treasurer Daniel R. Steiner, MD, CMD-R has agreed to stand for re-election.

The PMDA secretary serves a two-year term. Former Board Director Charles M. Wasserman, DO, CMD has agreed to stand for election.

As of December 31, 2021, three Board of Director positions will be vacant. The individuals listed below have agreed to be candidates for these positions. Board Directors serve three-year terms and may serve a maximum of two consecutive three-year terms.

Licensed Practitioner Schyuler Barbour-Johnson, MSN, CRNP, ANP-BC has agreed to stand for re-election to a second three-year term.

Todd H. Goldberg, MD, CMD has agreed to stand for election.

Larry W. Spector, DO has agreed to stand for election.

Voting members attending the virtual annual business meeting will have the opportunity to nominate additional candidates from the floor. The candidates receiving the most votes will assume the office for which he or she was nominated and elected.

The Nominating Committee thanks our 2022 candidates for their commitment of time and leadership. PMDA members are reminded of the many opportunities to become actively involved with the association whether on a committee, speaker panel, or in a leadership role, your energy and talent will always be welcomed and appreciated!
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 Archived Webinars Available to Purchase
PMDA has several archived webinars available for purchase! A recording of these webinars 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.
FREE TOOL: Parkinson’s Disease & Psychosis Pocket Guide
 
Download the AMDA App and you’ll get AMDA’s new pocket guide, Parkinson's Disease and Psychosis in the Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Setting, for FREE!
 
It includes the following:
  • An extensive glossary to clarify terminology related to Parkinson’s Disease (PD)
  • Sections on recognition, assessment, treatment, and monitoring of PD
  • A special section on PD Dementia and Psychosis
  • An LTC Interval History checklist to help frontline staff quickly note disease-related changes that patients are experiencing and help them easily communicate these changes to medical practitioners
 
It’s simple:
  • Download the AMDA App (from your mobile device)
  • Login to the AMDA App using your AMDA credentials (your username is your email address). If you don’t have an account, you can create one for free!
  • Once you’ve logged in, click on the “Resources” icon, and then toggle the button to “Mobile-optimized only”.
  • Scroll down to “Parkinson’s Disease & Psychosis Pocket Guide”.

Upcoming Webinars:

No Pain, No Gain? Improving Pain Management in PALTC Using the Newly Revised Clinical Practice Guideline
Date: November 10, 2021
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 PM ET
EDGE21 Recordings Now Available!
 
If you missed AMDA's EDGE21 Virtual Symposium, purchase the recordings and earn CME/CMD credit and MOC points.   
Caring, In Your Own Words: Call for Stories

Human beings are natural story tellers and through story, we relate to each other. If you want to make an impact on other PALTC clinicians and staff, share your knowledge on a national forum, and get professional recognition, consider lending your voice to Caring by submitting a story on a topic of your choice. All members of the interdisciplinary team are welcome to submit. Learn More
It's Awards Season
 
It's time for you to nominate a deserving colleague for one of the following awards:
 
Nominations are being accepted through November 12, 2021. 
Recruiting Practitioners for Futures Class of 2022
 
The Foundation is accepting applications for the 2022 Futures Program. This workforce program is one the Foundation’s most visible programs. It brings residents, fellows and advanced practitioners to PALTC22 in Baltimore for a one-day intensive meeting and then a 3-day registration to the annual conference. The application deadline is Nov 12, 2021. This is also an opportunity to engage young practitioners in state chapter activities.
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