September 2022
Back Together Again - AT LAST

After a three-year hiatus, the PMDA Annual Symposium returns as an IN-PERSON event, Friday, October 14 through Saturday, October 15 at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey PA, just in time to celebrate 30 years of high-quality education, networking with peers, engaging with industry, and experiencing the unique camaraderie and collegiality only available here in the professional home for every member of the interdisciplinary healthcare team – PMDA.

The PMDA Education Committee has put together an exceptional program, a combination of clinical and management topics that deliver practical knowledge and skills that you can use TODAY.

Friday, October 14 kicks off with Marlo Thomas, CRNP and a session devoted to wound care. Ms. Thomas is an Adult Health Nurse Practitioner in Philadelphia, PA with more than 10 years of special training and experience in providing medical care to adults of all ages.

A COVID-19 Update from PMDA Past President and 2020 Duncan S. MacLean Founder’s Award for Distinguished Service recipient, Dr. Leon Kraybill follows. Dr. Kraybill is Medical Director, Geriatric Division Chief, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health. His session will review multiple COVID-related LTC guidelines and regulations, from prevention to detection and management.

Following the day’s first break – a time to spend visiting our industry partners – Mandy Cheskis, MS CCC-SLP, a certified American Montessori International Trainer for Montessori for aging and dementia from Brush Development will show us how to create a physical and social environment that focuses on building community and maximizing individuals’ preserved abilities for those living with dementia, and how to improve the satisfaction of those members of the IDT who work with them daily. Ms. Cheskis is a recognized Master Clinician in Cognitive Communication deficits and has been recognized as an Outstanding Educator through the Cornell University Merrill Presidential Scholar Program.

Before adjourning to the Annual Business Meeting, Alex Bardakh, MPP, PLC, AMDA’s Director of Public Policy and Advocacy will provide a quick overview of the federal legislative and regulatory landscape. His presentation will highlight opportunities for PMDA members to become involved in state and federal advocacy efforts that ensure continued access to quality PALTC care for our patients.

Dr. Morgan Katz, Assistant Professor of Infectious Disease at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, leads off Friday afternoon with an examination of the various challenges to infection control in the nursing home setting, paying particular attention to the unique differences in long-term care that do not apply in acute care. Dr. Katz will focus on how to make infection prevention feasible and attainable as well as touching upon key changes that have emerged since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Dr. Michael Danielewicz, a fellow in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, follows with a session devoted to the challenges faced by LGBTQ+ older adults in institutional care that lead to concerns about neglect, discrimination, and isolation. Dr. Danielewicz completed a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine and a residency in Family Medicine with an area of concentration in LGBTQ+ health, also at Jefferson, and has been at the forefront of an initiative to create a medical home for LGBTQ+ older adults at the Jefferson Center for Healthy Aging.

Following the day’s second break with our industry partners, Ann Marie Barilla, a diabetes educator, and Registered Dietitian at the Lehigh Valley Health Network, will discuss new medications and technologies available for the treatment of Diabetes Mellitus. Ms. Barrilla has been a diabetes educator for more than 12 years, a Registered Dietician for more than 20 years, and recently received her master’s degree in health science from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA.

On Saturday, October 15, the focus moves from clinical to management with a session on the strategies and interventions a medical director can use to address elder abuse and neglect presented by attorney David R. Hoffman, president of David Hoffman & Associates, PC, a national consulting firm established in 2005 with expertise in law, policy, corporate compliance, and regulations that apply to health care delivery, patient safety, long-term care, and fraud. His firm helps health care providers adhere to regulatory requirements designed to ensure patient safety through legal and clinical compliance.  

Trends in coding and billing as well as an in-depth examination of the upcoming changes to the nursing home code descriptors, determination of level billed, and values in 2023 will be the focus of the day’s second session presented by Dr. Charles Crecelius, PhD, FACP, CMD. Dr. Crecelius is the Medical Director, Post-Acute Care for the BJC Medical Group, a multi-facility medical director for Delmar Gardens Enterprises, and Associate Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at Washington University School of Medicine. He is a Past President of AMDA and was their 2019 Medical Director of the Year.

Dr. Emily Hajjar will bring us back from the morning break with her Pharmacy Potpourri program that promises to cover a variety of topics including CV risk following the discontinuation of a statin; vitamin benefit, harm, or neutrality; medication allergies; stopping PPIs; deprescribing and adverse drug withdrawal events, and DOAC risk vs. warfarin therapy. Dr. Hajjar is a Professor in the Jefferson College of Pharmacy at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA and serves as the program director for the Jefferson College of Pharmacy Population Health Pharmacy program. She also provides clinical services to the Jefferson Family and Community Medicine Center for Healthy Aging Practice as well as to the Kimmel Cancer Center Senior Adult Oncology and Outpatient Supportive Care clinics. She has published a variety of peer-reviewed publications and textbook chapters on topics of polypharmacy in elderly patients and geriatric pharmacotherapy issues.  

The ever-popular PMDA and AMDA past president David Nace, MD, MPH, CMD, rounds out our morning session with “The Five Articles That Could Affect Your LTC Practice," a perennial favorite. Dr. Nace is the Clinical Chief of Geriatric Medicine, Director of Long-Term Care, Chief of Medical Affairs UPMC Senior Communities, University of Pittsburgh. He also serves as the Chief of Medical Affairs for UPMC Senior Communities. Dr. Nace’s research focuses on outbreaks and infections in older adults including COVID-19 and antimicrobial stewardship in the long-term care setting.

Following lunch and a final time to meet with our industry partners, Dr. Alex Benjamin, the Chief of Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology at Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, PA, will provide an overview on Monkeypox, recently declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organizations. Environmental disinfection and PPE will be discussed as part a strategy to prevent transmission to staff and other patients. Dr. Benjamin served as a co-lead in LVHN’s partnership with the DOH and DHS in the Regional Response Healthcare Collaborative Program (RRHCP) to provide preventative and emergent assistance to long-term care facilities.

Dr. David Nace wraps up our Saturday sessions and our 30th Annual Symposium with his annual public policy update, an overview of national and state legislation and regulation as well as payment issues, liability, the role of the medical director and long-term care physicians and MORE.

Don’t miss this outstanding program - your chance to mingle with old friends and new, get up to date on critical information affecting you, your practice, and your patients, and enjoy the charm of Hershey, PA. Register TODAY. We are looking forward to seeing you in October.
Amending PMDA Bylaws on Tap for 2022 Annual Business Meeting

The PMDA Annual Business Meeting will be held on Friday, October 14, 2022, in conjunction with the 30th Annual Symposium. The meeting will be held in Magnolia ABCD, located on the lower level of the Hershey Lodge Convention Center in Hershey, PA, and will start at 11:20 a.m.

In addition to the annual review of finances, the election of directors, and reports from our committees, this year’s Annual Business Meeting will also feature the consideration of a number of Bylaws amendments, the product of a detailed review completed by PMDA Past President Firas Saidi, MD, CMD and PMDA Board Director Todd Goldberg, MD CMD FACP AGSF.

Amendments are being proposed to the following articles: 
Article I: Name & Location,
Article II: Objectives
Article III: Membership
Article IV: Meetings
Article V: Dues
Article VI: Board of Directors
Article VII: Officers
Article VIII: Committees
Article IX: Waiver of Notice
Article X: Indemnification
Article XII: Amendment
Article XIII: E-mail Voting
Article XIV: Dissolution of Association
Please follow the links below to review the proposed amendments. The redline link tracks the changes in the original document; the blackline link incorporates the changes.

PMDA Fall Regional Meeting - September 21, 2022, 6:00 P.M. – 7:15 P.M.  – Federal Governmental Intervene in Nursing Homes featuring AMDA Director of Public Policy, Alex Bardakh, MPP, PLS
This session will discuss the call for nursing home reform that has been highlighted in the recent report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine and the White House and how these recommendations are anticipated to shape the future of Federal interventions in nursing homes. The various stakeholders, their areas of consensus and divergence, as well as how AMDA’S advocacy work bridges diverse groups will be covered. Additionally, the session will address the recent changes in physician documentation and how these changes may play a role in practice patterns for PALTC practices.

PMDA 30th Annual Symposium – October 14-15, 2022, Hershey Lodge
Reunite with colleagues from across the state and network with others at the Pennsylvania Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine’s 30th Annual Symposium this October! This is a one-and-a-half-day educational event for all members of interprofessional teams of health care professionals who provide care to older adults residing in the full spectrum of long-term care facilities.
Submit a PALTC23 Poster Abstract

Do you have an interesting or unique case, quality improvement project, research study, or educational activity that you’d like to share with colleagues? Turn it into a poster for our PALTC23 Annual Conference March 9-12, 2023, in Tampa, FL. The deadline is November 21, 2022. Learn More
Monkeypox in PALTC: What You Need to Know (Webinar)
September 21 at 6:00 PM ET

The panel will discuss precautions for preventing transmission, how to monitor staff who have been exposed to monkeypox, and how to access the vaccine if needed. Register Now
Register for EDGE22

Join us on Friday, October 28 at EDGE22, AMDA’s virtual symposium, to discuss and debate controversial topics in the PALTC setting with your colleagues. 
Futures 2023 Registration is Open – SPREAD THE WORD!
Each year, during AMDA’s Annual Conference, the Futures Program exposes residents, fellows, and advanced practice providers to the numerous career opportunities available in PALTC medicine. Registration is now open for the Class of 2023! Send an email to if you have any questions.
The Foundation for PALTC Medicine underwrites the costs to support the Futures Program. We hope you’ll consider supporting this critical workforce development initiative with your donation today.
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