AMDCP Credit Designation: This session has been approved for a total of 3 Management credit hours toward certification as a Certified Medical Director in Long Term Care (CMD).
The American Medical Directors Association designates this educational activity fora maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Presenter(s): Willliam D. Smucker, MD,CMD; Lory Bright-Long, MD, CMD; Anthony Lechich, MD; Deborah Way, MD, CMD Disclosure(s): All presenters reported they had no relevant financial relationships to disclose. Session Description: This session provides an overview of practical approaches toethical decision-making, evaluating benefits and burdens of artificialnutrition and hydration, encouraging spiritual and emotional considerations inend-of-life care, collaboration between nursing facilities and hospice, andorganizational changes to improve end-of-life care. Learning Objectives:
Describe benefits and burdens of artificial nutrition and hydration
Enhance understanding of emotional and spiritual issues at theend-of-life
Describe how hospice and nursing facilities can work togetherproductively
Identify organizational barriers to improving end-of-life care