LTC Medical Directors' and Pharmacists' Senior Care Conference

July 25, 2014 to July 27, 2014

Target Audience

Nursing facility medical directors, consultant pharmacists, administrators, directors of nurses.


Nursing facility administrators and directors of nurses have often identified the professional disconnection between physicians and pharmacists in effective reduction efforts of the off label use of antipsychotic drugs to control behaviors for residents with dementia and other drugs such as anti-anxiety agents, hypnotics, and anti-depressants. Nursing facilities are under significant regulatory pressure to reduce or eliminate the use of these drugs whenever it is medically feasible. 

Changes in the physicians and medical extenders who staff hospital emergency rooms and take call for physician practices seems to have resulted in more nursing facility residents making trips to the ER or being admitted for observation which often leads to health care acquired conditions such as increased pressure ulcers, falls with injuries, weight loss, infections, or increased use of antipsychotics. CMS funded initiatives such as INTERACT (Interventions to Reduce Acute Care Transfers) have been introduced to facilities to improve assessment of conditions and the communication of changes in resident condition to physicians. For initiatives such as these to be successful, nursing facilities must have physicians who understand how INTERACT or other such initiatives are serving as quality improvement projects in nursing facilities. 

This one-of-a-kind retreat will focus on bringing medical professionals and facility leadership together to discuss ways to improve the quality of care for nursing facility residents. In today's rapidly changing healthcare environment, increased collaboration and communication is vitally important for medical professionals and nursing facility providers. 

Agenda & Learning Objectives

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Lee Anneberg, MD, CMD is certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. He is the Treasurer and Past-President of the Colorado Medical Directors Association and is a member of the American Medical Directors Association, Denver Medical Society, American Geriatrics Society, and American College of Physicians.  Dr. Anneberg serves on the medical staff at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center as well as Exempla St. Joseph Hospital. He is a Physician Consultant in Claims Department at COPIC, Physician Advisor for Utilization Review and Case Management at HealthONE.  Dr. Anneberg received his medical degree University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.

Mary Jane Carothers, RN, BA, LNHA, ALMC is the Director of Quality & Clinical Services IHCA ICAL and works closely with the IHCA and ICAL Quality Improvement Committees and the IHCA Medicare Committee. She is knowledgeable regarding issues related to quality improvement and clinical practice in post-acute care settings.  MJ is a registered nurse, a licensed nursing home administrator, certified assisted living manager, and a former clinical manager for a home health agency.  Her responsibilities also include assisting IHCA/ICAL members with the AHCA Quality Initiative, the AHCA Quality Awards Program, and other state and national efforts which promote improved quality of clinical practice and improved quality of life for the consumers that IHCA/ICAL members serve.

Fred Feinsod, MD is a geriatric medicine doctor licensed to practice geriatric medicine and internal medicine in New Jersey, Maryland, and Colorado. Dr. Feinsod specializes in geriatric medicine and internal medicine. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and has been in practice for 31 years.  Presently, he practices geriatric medicine and internal medicine at Fred Finesod MD in 345 Oakhurst Ln, Colorado Springs.

Sheryl Marshall, RN, CDP is a Senior Quality Improvement Facilitator with Telligen’s Quality improvement Organization Clinical Aims Team. She assists nursing homes with their quality improvement efforts.  Her position includes data review, developing project plans, research and providing education to peers and providers.  Sheryl received her nursing degree from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion and has over 30 years of nursing experience in the hospital, nursing home, home health and hospice settings.  She has completed her Master Trainer Certification in TeamSTEPPS (Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety) from the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN.  She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner 

Paul Mulhausen, ND, is the Chief Medical Officer for Telligen, a national quality improvement and medical management firm specializing in population health management, quality improvement, and information management services.  He is an adjunct Professor of Medicine with the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and former Director of the Iowa Geriatric Education Center.  Dr. Mulhausen is a geriatrician and internist with over 20 years of clinical practice and is the Chair of the American Geriatrics Society’s Clinical Practice and Models of Care Committee and the AGS Choosing Wisely Workgroup.  Dr. Mulhausen received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota and completed his postgraduate medical education at the Duke University School of Medicine.

Justin Rash, PharmD, CGP, Consultant Pharmacist, is Certified Geriatric Pharmacist with a Doctorate in Pharmacy from Drake University.  Currently Dr. Rash works as a consultant pharmacist for Martin Health Services, serving over 1,000 patients in 16 facilities each month.  For these facilities he serves on their Quality Assurance Committees and works as the liaison to the pharmacy.  He is the co-founder of the Long-Term Care/Senior Care Advisory Committee for the Iowa Pharmacy Association, a committee that is dedicated to the advancement of geriatric pharmacy practice for pharmacists throughout Iowa. Dr. Rash is a member of the Iowa Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Facilities.  He also leads a Patient Safety Pharmaceutical Collaborative Team through Iowa’s Quality Improvement Organization that strives to integrate clinical pharmacists in pharmaceutical management of dementia patients to oversee proper medication use.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 7.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 7.00 AOA Category 2­A
  • 7.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
07/25/2014 - 6:00pm CDT
Event ends: 
07/27/2014 - 1:00pm CDT
ArrowWood Resort
1405 Highway 71 North
Okoboji, IA
United States

Continuing Education Credit

  • MD:  This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and IMS Policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) through joint sponsorship of Des Moines University (DMU) and the Iowa Health Care Association.  DMU is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live education activity for a maximum of 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • DO: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the essential areas and policies of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) through the joint sponsorship of Des Moines University (DMU). DMU approves this educational activity for a maximum of 7.0 hours of AOA Category 2-A CME credit.
  • Other: This live activity is designated for a maximum of 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Disclosure Statement: Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest.

Available Credit

  • 7.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 7.00 AOA Category 2­A
  • 7.00 CE Contact Hour(s)


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