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POLST Course Presentation in Pittsburgh @ Jewish Healthcare Foundation

Pennsylvania Orders for Life-Sustaining TreatmentPOLST
POLST: Doing It Right! Training Course
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Sponsored by Jewish Healthcare Foundation

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Co-sponsored by

University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work

Joint Providership by

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Coalition for Quality at the End of Life (CQEL) of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation


Faculty
Judith S. Black, MD, MHA

Jewish Health Foundation Medical Advisor, National POLST Paradigm Task Force Member, Clinical Associate Professor University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Marian Kemp, RN, BSBA

POLST Coordinator, Coalition for Quality at the End of Life

Libby Moore, LSW, DHCE

Palliative Care Coordinator, Heritage Valley Health System

Frank A. Petrich, Esq., CFP®, CELA
Elder Law Offices of Frank A. Petrich,
Of Counsel, Gray Elder Law

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3rd Annual Controversies in Geriatric Medicine program

The Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society – Western Division welcomed over 50 attendees at the 3rd annual Controversies in Geriatric Medicine program held June 22nd at the Herberman Conference Center, Pittsburgh, PA. The program was made possible with sponsorship from: Abbott Nutrition, Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services and the University of Pittsburgh, AHN Healthcare@Home, Gilead, Medtronic Inc., navihealth (a Cardinal Health Company), Optum, and Sanofi.

“Who Might Benefit from TAVR for Aortic Stenosis?” presented the case of a 91-year old woman with critical aortic stenosis who is now becoming symptomatic. She has mild cognitive and functional impairments and is largely homebound, but enjoys her life and her family and is interested in continuing her present status. The presentation focused on would she be a candidate for a transaortic valve replacement (TAVR)?

Moderator for the evening was PAGS-WD President, Fred Rubin, MD. Leading the panel discussion were Rachel Jantea, MD, geriatric medicine fellow, Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Pittsburgh and John Schindler, MD, FACC, FSCAI, Cardiologist, UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute; Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Dr. Jantea provided an overview of the case and engaged the audience with questions for their consideration during her lecture. She also updated the audience on the outcome and status of the patient. Dr. Schindler’s presentation focused on TAVR and included an overview of the minimally invasive procedure, which repairs the aortic valve in patients with severe aortic stenosis. The treatment greatly improves the quality of life for those who suffer from aortic stenosis, which affects as many as 500,000 people in the U.S. The condition can interfere with daily activities, such as walking or climbing stairs. Previously, a patient’s only option was to have open-heart surgery to replace the aortic valve, but the procedure often was deemed too risky for elderly patients, who are most prone to the condition. In his comments, Dr. Schindler addressed that “open heart surgery is not the ideal option for every patient. TAVR provides an additional aortic valve replacement option for high-risk patients who would benefit from a less-invasive procedure.” A lively discussion from panelists and audience members concluded the presentation.

Thank you to our event sponsors!

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POLST UPDATE – Legislation announced April 18

Plans for POLST legislation were announced on April 18, 2017.    The Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) has prepared “How POLST Helps Physicians, Patients with End-Of-Life Care Decision,” and can be viewed by clicking on the link below:

https://www.pamedsoc.org/advocate/topics/general/POLSTPressConference

 

To watch the news conference of Sen Yaw and Rep Cutler introducing the Legislation to Represent Patients’ Wished for End-of-Life Care, click below to go to Senator Yaw’s website.

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25th Annual Clinical Update in Geriatric Medicine conference held at Pittsburgh Marriott City Center

Course Director Neil Resnick, MD; Dinner Symposium Speaker Theresa Brown, BSN, RN; President and HELP Course
Co-Director Fred Rubin, MD;
Course Directors Shuja Hassan, MD and
Judith Black, MD, MHA

More than 350 geriatrics professionals from all disciplines, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, social workers, long-term care and managed care providers, and health care administrators participated in the 25th Annual Clinical Update in Geriatric Medicine conference held at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center Hotel April 6-9. The course attracted registrants from numerous states, including California, North Carolina, New York and Washington.

Previously awarded the American Geriatrics Society Achievement Award for Excellence in a CME program, this conference continues to be a well-respected resource to educate healthcare professionals involved in the direct care of older persons by providing evidence-based solutions for common medical problems that afflict older adults daily and for which rapidly evolving research (much done in Pittsburgh) is revealing new approaches that are feasible for the real world.

Under the leadership of course directors Shuja Hassan, MD, Judith S. Black, MD, MHA, and Neil M. Resnick, MD, the course is a premier educational event in the region, while attracting prominent international and national lecturers and nationally renowned local faculty. Sharon Inouye, MD, MPH; Becky Brott Powers, MD; Deborah W. Robin, MD, MHCM; Stephanie Studenski, MD, MPH; and Michael Yao, MD, CMD, comprised this year’s exceptional guest faculty.

Nearly 40 state-of-the-art sessions taught by highly regarded clinician-educators and researchers were offered during the three-day event. Each lecture, symposium and breakout session offered participants evidence-based “pearls for practice” designed to be immediately incorporated into the realities of daily practice.

Theresa Brown, BSN, RN, clinical nurse and author of the New York Times bestselling book, “The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients’ Livesserved as guest speaker for the dinner symposium. Ms. Brown presented “Only Connect:  The Commingling of Care and Story at the End of Life,”, to an audience of more than 100 guests.   

The conference is jointly sponsored by the Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society – Western Division; UPMC/University of Pittsburgh Aging Institute; and University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences.

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