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Long Term Care Medicine-2010

C35 - Reducing Potentially Avoidable Hospitalizations of Nursing Home Residents: The INTERACT II Project

Mar 13, 2010 11:00am ‐ Mar 13, 2010 12:30pm

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The American Medical Directors Association (AMDA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement:
The American Medical Directors Association designates
this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.
Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AMDCP Credit Designation:
This session has been approved for a total of 1.5 Management credit hours toward certification as a Certified Medical Director in Long Term Care (CMD).

Session Description:
This session presents the results of a tri-state collaborative to design and test a toolkit for nursing homes to reduce avoidable hospitalizations of residents. Improved communication strategies, as well as resources for improving advance care planning will be discussed. The role of the medical director in improving communication among nurses, CNAs, residents and families will be addressed.

Learning Objectives(s):

  • List the most common reasons for hospitalization of nursing home residents.
  • Discuss barriers to managing residents with a change in condition in the nursing home.
  • Explain how to initiate a community collaborative between nursing home and hospital staff as a forum to discuss care of residents across settings.
  • Discuss the role of the medical director in reducing avoidable hospitalizations.

Alice Bonner, PhD, RN; Joseph Ouslander, MD

Alice Bonner, PhD, RN has no disclosures to report.
Joseph Ouslander, MD has no disclosures to report.

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