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 management 3.5 credit hours toward certification as a Certified Medical Director in Long Term Care (CMD).
Session Description: This session will provide an overview of practical approaches to ethical decision-making, evaluating benefits and burdens of artificial nutrition and hydration, encouraging spiritual and emotional considerations in end-of-life care, collaboration between nursing homes and hospice, and organizational changes to improve end-of-life care.
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.
Speaker(s): William D. Smucker, MD, CMD; Deborah Way, MD, CMD; Anthony J. Lechich, MD
Reference(s): These presentations are all based on the AMDA Palliative Care Curriculum, the AMDA Palliative Care Toolkit, the AMDA Pain CPG, best practice guidelines from national geriatric and palliative care organizations and relevant updates to the literature. They also draw on best practices for policies and procedures.