CALTCM Applauds Governor Newsom and Assemblymember Nazarian for Supporting Clinical Leadership in Long Term Care Medicine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, October 7, 2021

CALTCM Applauds Governor Newsom and Assemblymember Nazarian for Supporting Clinical Leadership in Long Term Care Medicine

AB 749 sets critical, minimal training requirements for medical directors by requiring nursing home medical directors to be certified by the American Board of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine in response to elevating standards of care due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sacramento, CA – Governor Newsom has signed AB 749 authored by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-Van Nuys), Chair of the California State Assembly Aging and Long-Term Care Committee.

"Aging Californians and our most frail living in SNFs have been a tragic highlight of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Assemblymember Nazarian. “The standard of care is insufficient, and the standard of care did not serve the health and well- being of California’s elders during the pandemic. AB 749 increases accountability, costs the state nothing and professionalizes a position of great importance."

Lawsuit Prevention Strategies

If you work long enough in a nursing home or senior care environment, it is quite likely that at some time you will be involved in a lawsuit. It can be a frightening and stressful experience. As with most things, understanding the process and utilizing prevention strategies can help minimize the trauma. Next week’s CALTCM Summit for Excellence offers a truly rare chance to see some of our state’s top plaintiff’s and defense attorneys in action, without you undergoing the grilling associated with being deposed or on the witness stand. A two hour session starts with an overview of the elder abuse and nursing home litigation process by William C. Wilson, Esq. Next will be a hot topic – COVID-19 medicolegal issues. Top plaintiff’s attorney Bill Artigiere and top defense attorney Dawn Phleger will then walk us through a case involving “Fall, Fracture, Pressure Ulcer, and COVID”. Lastly there will be a panel Q&A session with lots of time for questions. And if this all sounds too stressful for you, afterwards there will be a virtual happy hour so you can unwind with your colleagues. Please join us next week for content that you just can’t find otherwise, at this years CALTCM Summit for Excellence

CALTCM Excellence in Care and Innovation Award

For Exceptional Leadership and Outstanding Contributions to Excellence and Innovation in Long Term Care

Chaim Raskin
Chaim Raskin is responsible for leading Beecan Health’s vision in being a premier-quality health system in the Post-Acute care continuum. Chaim drives the vision of quality outcomes through his belief in a people-first approach.  By providing for the staff and attracting people who care, Beecan Health becomes known as a preferred employer and delivers quality outcomes.  Prior to establishing Beecan Health, Chaim spent 15 years in real estate and finance. 

Chaim received his Nursing Assistant certification this past year which allowed him to assist on the front lines during the pandemic. Chaim is passionate about his love for people and is highly active in his community. Chaim serves on several local nonprofit boards, including President of YKLA, a local day school. He is a driving force in the school’s incredible growth, taking it from 20 to over 300 students in under 8 years.
CALTCM Humanitarian Award

For Exceptional Leadership and Outstanding Humanitarian Contributions in Long Term Care

Susan Yeranyan, RN
Susan Yeranyan is a Registered Nurse who has over 25 years of experience in the field of Nursing. She began her career in Armenia, as a Biochemist with a degree from Yerevan State University and upon migrating to the United States, she pursued her passion for healthcare by starting a career in Ararat Nursing Facility (ANF) as a CNA. During her 28 years of employment at Ararat Nursing Facility, Susan has climbed the career ladder, became the Director of Clinical Services in 2007, and achieved the American Dream. Susan is a Certified Dementia Practitioner. She was ANF’s Employee of the Year in 1996 and was recognized by International Nurses Association for her excellence in nursing and received CAHF’s Nurse of the Year in 2019. Under her leadership and active participation, Ararat Nursing Facility has consistently remained a 5-star facility, received the Bronze AHCA/NCAL Quality Award in 2017, and received the Silver AHCA/NCAL Quality Award in 2018.
Susan is a true nurse, at heart and in practice. She loves touching and changing people’s lives, being hands on, as well as leading and educating the next generation of nurses. She has led the nursing department of Ararat Nursing Facility through the Covid pandemic, remaining hands on in the Covid unit, leading by example, providing care, and maintaining a solid team of nurses that stayed on board during the most challenging times.
Since the availability of the Covid vaccine, Susan has personally administered over 1,000 first and second vaccine doses to our residents, staff, and community. She has also completed several interviews with media sources such as USA Today, Fox 11 news, and US Armenia to increase community awareness and acceptance of vaccines. 
CALTCM Research Award

For Exceptional Leadership and Outstanding Contributions to Research and Education to Long Term Care

Debra Saliba, MD, MPH, AGSF
Dr. Saliba is a Professor of Medicine at UCLA where she directs the UCLA/Jewish Home Borun Center for Gerontological Research. Dr. Saliba also serves as Associate Director for Education in the Los Angeles VA HSR&D Center of Innovation where she directs the Los Angeles VA National Clinician Scholars Program and the VA Advanced Fellowship in Health Services Research. She is also a senior natural scientist at RAND. Dr. Saliba currently serves as co-chair of the Geriatrics and Extended Care Council for the VA National Work Group to modernize VA’s electronic health record.
An author of over 160 research and educational publications, Dr. Saliba has created tools and knowledge that can be applied to improving quality of care and quality of life for vulnerable older adults and adults with long-term care needs across the care continuum. Her research, funded by CMS, VA HSR&D, AHRQ, NIH, ASPE, California DHHS and several foundations, has addressed a range of clinical, quality and public health topics including inappropriate re-hospitalizations, nursing home staffing, disaster planning and response, patient safety, quality of care metrics for vulnerable adults, home and community based LTSS, and the development of models to predict functional decline and death. A major theme of this work, including development of the VES-13 Survey and her leadership of the national revision of the Minimum Data Set for Nursing Homes (MDS 3.0), has been giving voice to older adults & persons with disabilities in assessments of their health and healthcare.
Dr. Saliba is a past President and Board Chair of the American Geriatrics Society and her research has been recognized by VA HSR&D, the American Geriatrics Society, and the Journal of American Medical Directors Association. In addition to her recent selection to the National Academy of Science Committee on Nursing Home Quality, Dr. Saliba serves on the CMS Nursing Home 5-Star Technical Advisory Panel, the National Quality Forum (NQF) Committee on Person and Family Centered Care and the NQF committee on Post- acute and Long-term care. She currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association and The Gerontologist and as Deputy Editor of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
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