October 2022
PMDA's 30th Annual Meeting Recap
Danielle Snyderman, MD, CMD

We were thrilled to have reconvened in person earlier this month at the Hershey Lodge for this year's annual symposium with 95 people in attendance. After the past two years of meeting virtually, we were reminded that PMDA is a professional home for so many and that nothing beats the comradery that is fostered by being together in the spirit of learning, networking, and advocating for the patients and communities we are privileged to serve.
In additional to rich educational content that spanned two days, the meeting also included the presentation of Duncan S. MacLean Founder's Award and nomination/voting in of new Board members.

The selection of the recipient for the Duncan S. MacLean Founder’s Award for Distinguished Service is based on recommendations from leadership rather than open nominations. It recognizes significant contributions to building the organizational strength, image, and mission of PMDA.
The nominee must be:
  1. A practitioner in good standing with the community and profession.
  2. Active in the field of long-term care.
  3. A PMDA member in good standing.
  4. Not a current Board Member of PMDA.
Firas Saidi, MD, CMD was selected for the 2022 award in recognition of his dedicated work with Board Director Todd Goldberg, MD, CMD on the substantive review of the Bylaws. Their review proposed a number of amendments that sought to update factual information, better align the Bylaws with current operational practices, define PALTC, memorialize PMDA’s relationship with AMDA, and provide for electronic meetings in addition to some housekeeping to correct typos and revise binary pronouns. The amendments were unanimously adopted by those attending the 2022 Annual Business Meeting held on October 14, 2022, in conjunction with the PDMA 30th Annual Meeting. 
The Pennsylvania Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine is proud to announce the addition of its newest Board members as voted by the members of the organization:

Laurissa Ash, CRNP is the Clinical Advisor for Pennsylvania and Delaware for Optum Home and Community where she assists with the management, growth, and development of nurse practitioners. Before coming to Optum, Laurissa was the Chief Advanced Practice Provider for UPMS Pinnacle Health, Post-Acute Care Clinical Services. She received her Doctorate of Nursing Degree in Nursing Leadership from Messiah University and her MS in Nursing from Penn State University. Laurissa is a current member of the PMDA Board of Directors and is eligible to serve a second term.

Christina DeFrancisco, CRNP, DNP, CWS has a passion for the older adult / geriatric population with over 15 years of experience in the post- acute setting. She holds a Doctoral of Nursing Practice degree, is Certified as a Wound Specialist, and plans to take her Palliative Care Certification in the future. Currently, Christina is an Area Clinical Practice Manager with Genesis Physician Services. In 2019 she received the Clinical of the Year award and is now working with the organization on the Membership committee. 
Leigh Simpkins, DNP, ACNP-BC is a Nurse Practitioner who has been in practice for 18 years. Leigh began her practice in an acute setting, caring for cardiovascular surgical and transplant patients before making the transition to the post-acute and long-term care 10 years ago. Since then, her passion for this population has only grown and she is dedicated to improving the care and conditions for both residents and providers in our setting. She is currently co-chair of the PMDA Policy committee, and is an active member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners.
Stay tuned for more information from the PMDA regarding educational and networking opportunities. We welcome involvement of all of our membership to get involved in a committee. Our organization is only as strong as the commitment of our members!
Call to Action - PMDA Support Passage of HR 8832, The Nursing Home Disclosure Act

On October 13, 2022, the PMDA Board of Directors unanimously agreed to support the passage of HR 8832, the Nursing Home Disclosure Act introduced in the 117th Congress by Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick (D-Pa) and Mike Levin (R-Ca). The bill seeks to require nursing facilities to identify and report the names of their medical directors to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for public reporting on the Nursing Home Compare website.

Time is of the essence! As with any legislation, it is difficult to know what unintended consequences there may be but the PMDA Policy Committee and PMDA Board of Directors in conjunction with AMDA feel that the benefits, such the ability to share vital information during public emergencies and to improve networking and peer support within the long-term care community of physicians, far outweigh the risks. 

Please reach out to your representatives and ask that they support passing the bill before the end of the legislative session. If you have any questions, please contact Leigh Simpkins, DNP, ACNP-BC, Co-Chair of PMDA Public Policy Committee at pmda@pamedsoc.org.

PMDA Membership Committee Requests Your Feedback

The PMDA Membership Committee wants to know what you need to succeed! Sign-up now to share your thoughts with our NEW TO PALTC & STUDENT FOCUS GROUP:
Sessions to be scheduled shortly. 
AMDA On-The-Go
Podcast Series
Register Now and Get FREE Recordings

Registration is now open for PALTC23, AMDA‘s annual conference being held March 9-12 in Tampa, FL. View the PALTC23 Schedule-At-A-Glance.
Complete these two steps by the early bird deadline of November 30 to get FREE conference recordings:
  1. Register for the conference
  2. Book your hotel room in the AMDA group block
Don’t wait to book your flight! It will be peak season in Tampa, so flights will book up quickly.
We look forward to seeing you in Tampa!
A Nonjudgmental Space for Discussions With Your Colleagues

There’s still time to register for AMDA’s EDGE22 Virtual Symposium on Friday, October 28. The registration rate will increase on October 21.
EDGE22 provides a platform to openly discuss controversial issues with your colleagues in a safe, nonjudgmental space. Topics on the agenda include:
  • Quality in Nursing Homes
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion's Intersection with our PALTC Careforce Challenges
  • Ethical and Legal Aspects of Medical Error in PALTC

Upcoming Webinars:

Thursday, October 20 at 4:30 PM ET
Price: FREE
Wednesday, October 26 at 7:00 PM ET
Price: Free for AMDA members, $49 for non-members
Wednesday, November 9 at 7:00 PM ET
Price: Free for AMDA members, $49 for non-members
PMDA Thanks Our CNA Award Sponsors for their generous support of the first recognition of the pillars of the interdisciplinary team – the CNAs
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