AMDA's 2019 Annual Conference

Mar 7, 2019 ‐ Mar 10, 2019

Experience the education sessions from The Society's 2019 Annual Conference from the comfort of your own home!

Education sessions at the annual conference are recorded, synchronized with the audio and presentation PowerPoint handouts, and can be experienced either via online streaming or USB formats. CME/CMD credits are available for sessions with the online streaming format.

With over 60 educational sessions, it's impossible to attend all the offerings of interest to you that will be presented at the 2019 annual conference. By purchasing the recordings, you can still "attend" the sessions after the conference. Recorded sessions are perfect for sharing education with those in your facility who could not make it to the conference or for catching up on those sessions that you were not able to attend. The Society offers different formats of the recordings so that you can select what is best for you:

  • Conference Recordings Digital Format - Access the 2019 conference sessions from our PALTC library online website. CME/CMD credits are available for this option.
  • Conference Recordings Multimedia USB 
  • Conference Special - Receive both the access to the Digital format AND the USB of the education sessions. CME/CMD credits are available viewing the online recordings.

Those not attending the conference can still pre-order but are ineligible the discounted pricing.

Pre-Conference Pricing- Order by March 10, 2019

  1. Conference Recordings Digital format (CME credit available) OR USB format (No CME Credit for USB) $595
  2. Conference Special (Combo of both Digital AND USB formats; CME Available) $645


A Global Tour Through Pragmatic Trials in Nursing Homes

Mar 7, 2019 8:00am ‐ Mar 7, 2019 4:00pm

Identification: GPT1

Nursing homes are inherently difficult locations to perform research, but are uniquely suited for conducting pragmatic research. Targeting all providers working in the nursing home setting, this one-day symposium will showcase international pragmatic trials and identify common themes. Each trial will be presented and followed by a discussion of specific strategies to address pragmatism. This program also will include a poster session to offer practical, scientifically sound information from around the globe to ymposium participants, so you can apply exciting new ideas immediately to your practice. Participants can earn up to 6.5 CME, CMD, and MOC credits.

Symposium Agenda (PDF)

Trials from the following countries will be presented: Canada, France, Netherlands, Singapore, United States

Registration: $275*

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Learning Objectives: 

  • Describe the core elements of conducting pragmatic trials.
  • Identify unique considerations in the conduct of pragmatic trials in nursing homes.
  • Describe outcomes of recent pragmatic trials in nursing homes.
  • Discuss how to anticipate and plan for challenges commonly encountered in the conduct of pragmatic trials in nursing homes.

  • Cari R. Levy, MD, PhD, CMD, Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center

AMDA/CDC/SHEA Infection Prevention in PALTC Certificate Course

Mar 7, 2019 8:00am ‐ Mar 7, 2019 12:00pm

Identification: INF1a

Back by popular demand, AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine will offer the Infection Prevention in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Certificate Course at the 2019 annual conference. Developed in partnership with the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the course will address aspects of infection control and prevention that are unique to skilled nursing facilities, which must balance a home-like environment while minimizing the risk of infections. The course will review occupational health concerns in the PALTC setting, including outbreaks that affect both staff and residents, opportunities to improve antimicrobial use, and strategies to reduce the transmission of infections such as multi-drug resistant organisms and Clostridium difficile.

Participants who attend this course will earn 10 CME credits and a certificate in Infection Prevention in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care. Certificates will be sent electrically to participants within three weeks of course completion. This is a two-day course that runs Thursday from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Friday from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Participants must attend the course in its entirety to earn a certificate. Please be sure to scan your name badge at the beginning of each concurrent session time slot to verify your attendance. If you have questions or would like additional information, please email

Course Agenda (PDF)

Presentations during this time period:

• CDI Prevention and Management - Laurie Archbald-Pannone, MD, MPH

• Healthcare Epidemiology/Bringing it all Together - David Nace, MD, MPH, CMD

Course Speakers: Laurie Archbald-Pannone, MD, MPH; Ghinwa Dumyati, MD; Kara Jacobs Slifka, MD; Robin Jump, MD, PhD; Sarah Kabbani, MD, MSc; David Nace, MD, MPH, CMD; Theresa Rowe, DO, MS; Nimalie Stone, MD, MS

Learning Objectives:

Describe surveillance definitions and recognize differences in applying them in PALTC settings.

Identify opportunities for infection prevention, including those caused by multi-drug resistant organisms, in PALTC settings.

Discuss recognition and response to common outbreaks in PALTC settings.

Recognize the need for and opportunities to practice antimicrobial stewardship in PALTC settings.


Clinical and Administrative Update on PALTC

Mar 7, 2019 8:00am ‐ Mar 7, 2019 11:30am

Identification: TH1

This session will update all practitioners on best practices in the clinical world that is unique to PALTC, and provide an administrative update stemming from the Mega Rule. Dr. Boettcher will review nursing home financing, billing, advanced care planning, transitions in care, and Medicare regulations with particular emphasis on Mega Rule changes. Dr. Jackson will review management of common geriatric syndromes, infection control and antibiotic stewardship, and medication management.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Explain Medicare regulations related to the Mega Rule.
  • List common geriatric syndromes in the PALTC setting.
  • Implement successful medication management strategies.
  • Describe palliative care, quality assurance, infection control, transitions in care and discharge planning, and other common PAC issues.


Hands-on Approach to Develop a Quality Improvement Project in Your Health Care Facilities

Mar 7, 2019 8:00am ‐ Mar 7, 2019 11:30am

Identification: TH2

Medical directors and PALTC providers are critical to the success of a facility’s quality and patient safety initiatives, but few have training in the design implementation and evaluation of quality assurance performance improvement (QAPI) projects. Ready, set, go, in this session as participants work together in mentored small groups on real-world QAPI experiences. Bring your own topic, or the session leaders will be prepared with their favorites.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Define a local problem for improving quality in your work setting.
  • Write an effective aim statement for the identified problem.
  • Evaluate current processes in your clinical setting and identify measures.
  • Illustrate a model for improvement of your defined problem.


Updates in Management of Common Infections in PALTC Facilities

Mar 7, 2019 8:00am ‐ Mar 7, 2019 11:30am

Identification: TH3

Through brief presentations and case-based discussions, this session, will provide updates on managing common infections (pneumonia, urinary tract infections [UTIs], skin and soft tissue infections [SSTI], and Clostridium difficile infection [CDI] ) in PALTC facilities. In addition, strategies for prevention and early recognition of these infections will be discussed. The goal of this session is to prepare clinical practitioners for evidence-based management of common infections in PALTC facilities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe various clinical presentations of pneumonia, UTI, SSTI, and CDI in PALTC settings.
  • Discuss the diagnostic challenges for pneumonia, UTI, SSTI, and CDI and the limitations of the available tests.
  • Demonstrate practical steps that can be taken for prevention and early recognition of the common infections in PALTC facilities.
  • Review the treatment updates for pneumonia, UTI, SSTI, and CDI.


Global Perspectives on LTC: Clinical Approaches and Innovations

Mar 7, 2019 8:00am ‐ Mar 7, 2019 11:30am

Identification: TH4

This session will address global issues in long-term care (LTC) with an opportunity for engagement and interactive discussion with attendees. In this symposium, we will provide a summary of the AMDA international membership survey that will include a high-level overview of LTC from a global perspective, with a focus on funding, legislation, role of the medical director, and training. The symposium also will look at specific clinical issues with a panel of medical directors representing North America (Canada and USA) and Europe (Netherlands, France/Italy/Norway). These leaders will share leading best practices, innovative approaches, and relevant research on four topics clinically relevant globally: dementia care, end-of-life and palliative care, the Choosing Wisely campaign (appropriate prescribing/deprescribing), and antibiotic stewardship.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Compare international approaches to appropriate prescribing/deprescribing and Choosing Wisely campaigns.
  • Identify controversies in end-of-life care, including medical assistance in dying/euthanasia.
  • Describe approaches to common clinical issues featuring similarities and differences focusing on end-of-life, dementia and antibiotic stewardship.


Understanding Nursing Home Organizational Behavior for Effective Leadership as a Medical Director

Mar 7, 2019 8:00am ‐ Mar 7, 2019 11:30am

Identification: TH5

In 1905, Albert Einstein said, “We cannot solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” A true leader understands his team and his processes and isn’t afraid of “out-of-the-box thinking.” Understanding organizational behavior helps medical directors understand their own core beliefs and values, and use their political and social capital to transform an ordinary organization into a highly efficient and successful one. During these 3.5 hours we will use interactive, lecture, small group case-based problem solving, and role-play methods to help attendees improve their management and leadership skills.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Describe organizational behavior and why it's important for effective medical directorship.
  • Explain how individual values, attitudes, and emotions effect leadership performance.
  • Discuss groups and teams and how working with others can increase everybody’s performance.
  • Describe organizational culture, socialization, and mentoring and how to use these concepts for a competitive edge.


Implementation of Telemedicine in Nursing Homes: A Multidisciplinary Perspective

Mar 7, 2019 8:00am ‐ Mar 7, 2019 11:30am

Identification: TH6

This half-day session will provide information and guiding resources to assist nursing facility clinicians to implement and utilize telemedicine by providing a number of tools and processes. The session will include multiple stakeholder perspectives (i.e., physician, advance practice provider, nursing, nursing home administrator, legal, industry, and non-profit) and use facilitated interactive roundtable discussions to enhance learning. You will actively use a collection of tools and resources compiled as part of a Telehealth Program Manual for Nursing Facilities sponsored by West Health, which will be announced and distributed as part of this conference.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Calculate nursing home telemedicine financial and reimbursement models to articulate value propositions from multiple stakeholder perspectives.
  • Perform nursing home telemedicine needs and organizational readiness assessments to assist with implementation.
  • Recommend nursing home telemedicine sustainability and performance monitoring metrics.
  • Explain the various legal and regulatory considerations for nursing home telemedicine.


Assisted Living: The Reality of Aging in Place

Mar 7, 2019 8:00am ‐ Mar 7, 2019 11:30am

Identification: TH7

The session will present quality improvement tools identified through a detailed effort conducted by the University of North Carolina and funded by the Center for Excellence in Assisted Living. The discussion will address how providers can help assisted living (AL) leadership determine the targets for quality improvement and also will present the person-centered care paradigm noting that a person's goals of care must be the focus of that care. Successful outcomes of care include advance care planning that is person-centered and use of evidence-based research to implement processes that detect early change in condition. Three different models of care, including the chronic care model, will be addressed.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Describe three different models of care that can be used in the assisted living settings.
  • Describe the key elements of person centered care planning to ensure successful outcomes of care and resident satisfaction.
  • Identify quality improvement tools and discuss how providers can help assisted living leadership determine the targets for quality improvement.
  • Identify the knowledge gap by LPNs/LVNs in managing chronic medical conditions to prevent acute exacerbation of symptoms and transfer to a higher level of care.

  • Loretta Kaes, BSN, RN-BC, LNHA, CALA, Health Care Association NJ-State Affiliate of AHCA, NCAL and Argentum
  • Lindsay B. Schwartz, PhD, American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living
  • Kevin O'Neil, MD, FACP, CMD, Affinity Living Group
  • Sheryl Zimmerman, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Paul Katz, MD, CMD, Florida State University, College of Medicine
  • Barbara Resnick, PhD, CRNP, University of Maryland

Wound Care Boot Camp: The Basics and Beyond

Mar 7, 2019 8:00am ‐ Mar 7, 2019 11:30am

Identification: TH8

This session will offer an intensive review of the interdisciplinary knowledge base for wound care required by health professionals in the PALTC environment, as well as an intro to “what's hot” in the wound care world. We have gathered top leaders from across the country to discuss administrative considerations, pressure injury prevention, treatment modalities, nutrition, team building, wound care outsourcing, risk management, and infections. We will employ a lecture format, audience participation, and case presentations.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Describe administrative challenges of wound care, including team building, outsourcing, and risk-management.
  • Discuss the array of treatment modalities for chronic wounds, including cost considerations.
  • Implement proper nutritional management for residents with chronic wounds.
  • Explain the importance of team building for assembling a synergistic, interdisciplinary wound care team to facilitate optimum patient and resident outcomes.