Accreditation 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 3.5 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 3.5 Management credit hours toward certification as a Certified Medical Director in Long Term Care (CMD).
Session Description: This session will review in depth the medical director's key role in helping improve and reform individual nursing homes and nursing home care in general. It will refer to the framework presented at length in a series of articles published in JAMDA. It will focus in particular on the concepts of biologically sound care, the care process, the application of clinical expertise, the medical director's role in a sound system of care that is most likely to attain desirable quality goals, and the physician and medical director roles in promoting ""evidence-based"" care and helping facilities move away from some common but questionable practices. It will offer the medical director and attending physician specific tips and potential actions to influence clinical policies, optimize care in their patients, and help elevate the standard of care in their facility and community.
Discuss the medical and biological basis for high quality long-term care, and its relevance to the care process in nursing homes.
Describe the key elements of clinical expertise and "evidence-based care" and be able to assess whether and to what extent they are present in specific situations in the nursing home.
Identify the key elements of a facility that is capable of providing high quality care and use this in fulfilling the medical director quality assurance role.
Identify the basis of a number of current common practices in long-term care and be able to help facilities distinguish and implement clinically sound practices.
Speakers(s): Steven A. Levenson, MD, CMD
Disclosure(s): Steven A. Levenson, MD, CMD has no financial disclosures to report.