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 presents an overview of practical approaches to communication, advance care planning, and assessment and control of pain and other distressing symptoms experienced by patients in long term care. It will define palliative care as it relates to each resident within the long term care continuum and examine a systematic approach to assessing and managing pain and non-pain symptoms.
Describe benefits and burdens of artificial nutrition and hydration.
Enhance understanding of emotional and spiritual issues at the end of life.
Describe how hospice and nursing homes can work together productively.
Identify organizational barriers to improving end of life care and describe practical policies to promote better end of life care.
Speakers(s): William D. Smucker, MD, CMD; Deborah Way, MD, CMD; Lory E. Bright-Long, MD, CMD; Anthony J. Lechich, MD, CMD
Disclosure(s): William D. Smucker, MD, CMD has no financial disclosures to report. Anthony J. Lechich, MD, CMD has no financial disclosures to report. Lory E. Bright-Long, MD, CMD has no financial disclosures to report. Deborah Way, MD, CMD has no financial disclosures to report.