2024 Summit: Day 1 Agenda

2024 CALTCM Summit for Excellence
Day 1: Friday, September 27, 2024 

7:30 - 5:00 p.m. Registration
7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Exhibits Open
8:00 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast Product Theater (No CME)
9:00 - 9:15 a.m.

Welcome & Introductions: Opening Remarks

Janice Hoffman-Simen, Pharm.D., EdD, APh, BCGP, FASCP (President) & Rebecca Ferrini, MD, MPH, CMD (Education Chair)
9:15 -10:45 a.m.

2024 Medical Updates: Common Conditions in PALTC 

This session will summarize updates in medical guidelines for management of medical conditions that impact long term care.  Provide a snapshot of peer reviewed articles which impact medical care of PALTC residents.                       

Presented by Eric Widera, MD

10:45 -11:15 a.m. Break in the Industry Exhibit Hall
11:15 -11:45 a.m.

Best Practices in PALTC: Discovering the Latest Trends & Innovations 

This session you will be able to describe how an organization can set up an environment to facilitate innovations.  Describe two innovative practices employed by PALTC providers and how they were implemented and identify two areas where innovative ideas are needed in PALTC.                                         

Presented by Rebecca Ferrini, MD, MPH, CMD

11:45 -12:30 p.m.

Where Do I Start? Behavioral Health Needs Assessment and Support

This session will define a 4-step process for nursing facility behavioral health needs assessment.  Identify key components of behavioral health services available to nursing facilities, within the facility and the community and describe the Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health in Nursing Facilities (COE-NF) purpose, audience, types of service and how to access them.              Presented by Jacob Berelowitz, LNHA, LMSW, CPHQ, CCM

12:30 -1:45 p.m. Lunch Break/Exhibit Hall Open
12:35 -1:35 p.m. Lunch Product Theater (No CME)
1:45 -2:15 p.m.

2024 Infection Prevention & Control Updates

Discuss three current infection control recommendations (enhanced barrier precaution) and two new findings from literature. 

Presented by Dolly Greene

2:15 -2:45 p.m.

CDPH Wrap Session

Review recent AFL's, identify the top five deficiencies and major focus of surveys for 2024 and identify the changes coming to PALTC.    

Presented by Cassie Dunham

2:45 -3:10 p.m.

California Regulatory Updates 

Identify three new laws, regulations or guidelines which impact long term care.                                                                                           

Presented by Michael R. Wasserman, MD, CMD 

3:10 -3:40 p.m. Break in the Industry Exhibit Hall
3:40 -4:25 p.m.

Federal Regulatory Updates 

Discuss latest federal legislative and regulatory developments, quality reporting strategies that align with clinical practice and facility reporting requirement and identify current value-based medicine reporting requirements including MIPS, APMs, SNF, VBP.   

Presented by Alex Bardakh, MPP

4:25 -5:30 p.m.


1) Complex Cases:  Common Conditions in PALTC-Eric Widera, MD

2) When Their Pain Becomes Your Pain- Rebecca Ferrini, MD, MPH, CMD         

3) Ask the Expert:  What's Happening in Washington-Alex Bardakh, MPP         

4) Advocacy in CA and Beyond- Michael R. Wasserman, MD, CMD, Cassie Dunham

5) What's Bugging Your Facility- Dolly Greene

6) Behavioral Health in LTC; Glen Xiong and George Woods

7) New Drugs; Janice Hoffman


5:30 -5:45 p.m.

CALTCM Officer Installation                   

Janice Hoffman-Simen, Pharm.D., EdD, APh, BCGP, FASCP & Ashkan Javaheri, MD, CMD 

5:45 -6:45 p.m.

Poster Session & Cocktail Reception

6:45 p.m. Adjourn

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