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About the 2020 CALTCM Summit for Excellence
by Michelle Eslami, MD, FACP, CMD
Chair, CALTCM Education Committee
 

For many years CALTCM—the California Association of Long-Term Medicine has provided cutting edge education and gold-standard practice management tools through their Summit for Excellence annual meeting.  Join me and other physicians, advance practice nurses, nursing home administrators and other healthcare providers on October 8-10 as we virtually come together for engaging and interactive educational sessions and panels.

As a geriatrician who had a robust nursing home practice for many years, one of my passions was helping the residents meet their highest level of function as possible.  I’ll be presenting and moderating during the “Is Functional Decline Under Our Control?” portion of the conference and am excited to show how residents benefit from a true interdisciplinary approach to maintaining and improving their function.

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Covid-19 Training Video Series: Brought to you by the California Partnership to Improve Dementia Care
by Jennifer Birdsall, Ph.D
Chair, Education Committee of Dementia Partnership
Clinical Director, CHE Behavioral Health Services
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
 
The COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges for every aspect of our day to day routines.  This is especially true of those living with dementia. 
 

The California Partnership to Improve Dementia Care is pleased to present the following webinars to address the additional challenges that COVID-19 has brought to both staff and residents. 

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Flex Program Request
by Shruti Patel, Pharm. D.
 
Ensure proper disposition of controlled substances is an essential function of the consultant pharmacist. In California, this is done with a registered pharmacist and a registered nurse with proper documentation of name, strength, and number of doses being disposed. Complex records are maintained by the medical records department to ensure proper compliance. With the COVID-19 outbreak many pharmacists are being requested to stay out of the facility. Many traditional tasks such as chart review maybe done off site with EHR review. If a facility has decided not to have a consultant pharmacist visit for medication disposition or secure storage space for the controlled substances is limited, the facility can request program flexibility by using form CDPH 5000-A (3/2020).
The facility must define how drug destruction can be done with consultant pharmacist being present virtually. California Department of Health will respond with a waiver. Medical directors, directors of nursing and consultant pharmacists should be aware of the response and expectations before proceeding with disposition.
 
COVID-19: CALTCM Updates

by Flora Bessey, Pharm.D., BCGP

In preparing and responding to the COVID-19 crisis, CALTCM has been conducting and continues to schedule a series of webinars discussing various aspects of this situation. The link to the previous webinars can be found on our website (links provided below). Please mark your calendar for every Monday at 4PM PDT to take part in the webinars “live.”

In addition, CALTCM has been working with state legislators to reconsider the all-facilities letter that was recently promulgated by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) delineating that SNF’s must accept (or readmit) patients that are positive for COVID-19, click here to view CDPH ALF 20-32. The resolution that is being considered (in partnership with California State Senator Stern) would enable a more nuanced approach to this mandate, and would take into account several factors that would be facility-specific, including but not limited to: ability to isolate these patients; access to appropriate personal protective equipment(PPE); staffing concerns. 

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A Garden of Love Grows in a Grandmother's Heart
Introduction by Patricia Latham Bach, PsyD, RN
In the midst of fires, power outages and general trauma throughout California, we're pausing to reflect on a heartwarming story and moment of grace captured by Huffington Post journalist Brittany Wong and photographers Marie Kamp and Misty McLendon earlier this year. (Huffington Post, August 19, 2019). 

In "Her Grandma Couldn't Fly To Her Wedding, So This Bride Did The Next Best Thing" Wong highlights the challenges faced by LTC residents unable to travel and/or participate in special family events and creates a deeply touching example of how one family utilized creative problem solving to share a very special day in the life of a grandmother and granddaughter.
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