2017 Virtual AAHCM Annual Meeting - Home Care Medicine Conference
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Experience American Academy of Home Care Medicine (AAHCM) 2017 with the Virtual Meeting

Transforming Our Past, Building Our Future

Can’t make it to the meeting in person? Join us online! The AAHCM Virtual Meeting gives you live-streamed access to 11 educational sessions presented at the meeting. You will not only hear the speakers and view the slides, you will interact with presenters and members in real-time, asking questions of the speaker and voting in polls alongside live audience members. In addition, recordings of the live-streamed sessions will be available to you on-demand until November 13, 2017.

AAHCM Virtual Meeting makes the outstanding educational benefits of the meeting available to everyone. Register now to participate.

Continuing Education Credit

AAHCM 2017 Virtual Meeting offers CME credit for all sessions upon completion of a post-test and evaluation.

home care medicine conference attendees

Friday, October 13

Welcome and Keynote: Finding Hope and Humor in Caregiving

Elaine K. Sanchez

What’s funny about caregiving? Absolutely nothing! But based on her own experience of caring for family members, Elaine K Sanchez knows that it is entirely too difficult to take seriously all of the time. Her keynote, “Finding Hope, Humor, and Heart in Caregiving,” is based on her unflinchingly honest and surprisingly funny book, Letters from Madelyn, Chronicles of a Caregiver. You will laugh through your tears as she provides insights into coping with caregiver anger, guilt, depression, and grief, along with strategies for managing dementia-related challenging behaviors, including inappropriate sexual behavior.

Improving Utilization of Hospice Through Home-Based Palliative Care

Ed Ratner, MD

The addition of home based, interdisciplinary palliative care to an ALS clinic will be described, including models for discussions of goals of care, integration with clinic-based ALS care and collaboration with hospice. Data describing increased enrollment in hospice and longer lengths of stay will be presented, along with evidence that hospice enrollment does not appear to affect survival.

Interdisciplinary Team Care: Case-Based Presentation Illustrating Interdisciplinary Care Across the Continuum

Helena Ross, LCSW-R, Suzanne Gilleran, MS AGPCNP-BC, Elizabeth McCormick, MD, Lisa McFarlane

Concurrent Sessions

Legislative – Improving Your Practice’s Quality Care in the World of MACRA

Bruce Leff, MD, Christine Ritchie, MD

This session will cover the importance of quality improvements efforts for provider reimbursement and how to integrate quality improvement into day-to-day home-based medical care practice. The session will also cover tools to engage in meaningful quality improvement.

Concurrent Sessions

Clinical – New Oral Anticoagulants Provide Another Option to Treat Venous Thromboembolism and Atrial Fibrillation in Home Patients

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) disease includes deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Death from VTE in the United States is up to 100,000 persons annually. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is present in 2.7-6.1 million people in the US. This session will discuss evidence based treatment guidelines for VTE and AF along with the pharmacologic principles of available oral anticoagulants.  Specific patient characteristics and co-morbidities that influence treatment options will be identified, including elements specific to the home patients, to achieve optimal outcomes.  Pipeline medications for oral anticoagulation therapy will be introduced.

Cindi Christensen, MSN CVN ARN-BC
Crystal Burkhardt, PharmD BCOP

Evaluating the Potential for Usability of Technology for Home Health

Kimberly Shea, PhD RN CHPN

The session will describe a method of evaluating the likelihood that a patient will use and benefit from a technology-based application or device in their home. The modified usability evaluation has been adapted from processes used by design engineers to examine human-computer interactions. The evaluation combines exploratory learning, cognitive walkthrough, domain knowledge and heuristic documentation. Unlike design engineers who use usability evaluations to determine if a prototype is acceptable for manufacturing, the modified usability evaluation would be used to determine if the manufactured technology has the potential to be used by a patient in their home.

Saturday, October 14

Poster/Paper Presentation
Preparing the Next Generation of Home Health Providers

Carla Perissinotto, MD, Helen Kao, MD

Keeping a home-based medical practice growing and sustainable requires the ability to recruit new providers and staff, orient and train them effectively, and keeping your valued team members engaged and up-to-date. Most providers are not adequately trained or comfortable with the many unique aspects of providing care in the home, and insufficient training and education both upon hire and ongoing can lead to burnout and poor retention. Using the AAHCM clinical competencies as a reference, this session will provide strategies for large and small practices to identify and cultivate sources for provider and staff recruitment, implement a robust orientation program, educational curricula for learners and ongoing provider and staff development.

Concurrent Sessions- Repeat

VA Topic: Interventions for Mental Health Problems in HBPC: Strategies for the Team

Ariel Laudermith, PhD, Anne Day, MD, Julia Rubinshteyn, MD, David Lanier, PhD, Gauri Khatkhate, MD

A panel of VA HBPC mental health (MH) providers from 3 different HBPC programs will discuss evidence-based interventions for common MH problems within HBPC. As the panel discusses each problem, they will identify strategies that other (non-MH) members can utilize with patients and caregivers. The panel will also cover the use of motivational interviewing as a technique and conclude with ways for staff to instill hope in patients.

Concurrent Sessions

Clinical Topic: Risk Bearing Financial Model in Building a Robust House Calls Team

Michael Le, MD, Kristofer Smith, MD MPP

Palliative Care and Home Based Primary Care: A Perfect Fit

Diane E. Meier, MD FACP

Why community-based and home-based palliative care—and why now? Health care reform and value-based medicine are driving changes across the health care continuum and making the availability of palliative care in home-based settings a cost-effective and quality-driven imperative. While palliative care is an unspoken core of home-based primary care, it is time to formally integrate the core principles of palliative care into primary care practice—using interdisciplinary teams, ensuring advance care planning and setting goals of care, and pain and symptom management. This session will provide an overview of community-based and home-based palliative care, describing the foundational principles that shape home-based palliative care delivery models. The benefits for patients, providers, and payers of embedding palliative care in home-based primary care systems will be discussed. The session will illustrate why person-centered, home-based palliative care is the future of quality medical care for the sickest and most complex patients and their families.