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Thursday, Sept. 1
Ammon Center at Christiana Hospital
7:30 a.m.-12 p.m. EST
Please join us for the 30th year of our premier symposium updating physicians, nurses, physician assistants and other healthcare professionals on current thinking and available information on medical issues affecting the geriatric population.
If you are interested in being an exhibitor or sponsor, please click here for more information.
Click here to register.
WVMI & Quality Insights
The Home Health Quality Improvement National Campaign developed a 10-minute multimedia module for patients that provides information on how each are diagnosed, risk factors and what can be done to prevent or delay diabetes. Signs and symptoms of diabetes, hyper/hypoglycemia are also discussed.
Medical Society of Delaware and The News Journal
Funding for the Delaware Institute for Medical Education and Research, the critical program that provides Delawareans access to medical education, has now been fully funded for another year.
In the waning days of the 148th General Assembly, the Joint Finance Committee recommended that funding for the program be completely eliminated from the state budget. However, thanks to efforts by MSD as well as Delaware Insurance Commissioner, Karen Weldin Stewart, full funding for DIMER has been restored for another year.
This news was announced at an Aug. 3 press conference which included MSD Past President, Nancy Fan, M.D. MSD actively lobbied the members of the General Assembly and submitted a letter with sign-ons by 15 other organizations, urging the legislators to do the right thing and restore funding.
MSD would like to recognize and thank Commissioner Stewart for her foresight and willingness to step forward and provide the necessary funding. MSD will continue to take a leadership role in making sure that DIMER is funded and sustainable for years to come.
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Pediatric Perspectives 2016:
Issues in Pulmonology, Infectious Diseases and Newborn Care
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Atlantic Sands Hotel and Conference Center
Rehoboth Beach, DE
This program is designed for pediatricians, family medicine physicians,
PAs, APNs, physicians in training, nurses and other allied health professionals. This conference
is designed to convey new perspectives on pediatric infections, pulmonary diseases and newborn
Delaware Academy of Medicine and the Delaware Public Health Association
Wednesday, Sept. 14
8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Chase Center on the Riverfront
815 Justison Street
For the last couple of years we have hosted the Delaware Military Medicine Symposium. This year, in support of Suicide Prevention Month, and in honor of our troops, veterans, and their families, the Delaware Academy of Medicine / Delaware Public Health Association is honored to join the Delaware Suicide Prevention Coalition, Delaware Air National Guard, Mental Health Association of Delaware, Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs, Delaware of Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth, and their Families, Delaware Health and Social Services, Rockfood Center, Dover Behavioral Health Center, and Meadow Wood Behavioral Health System for the 2016 Military & Veterans Mental Health Summit.
Christiana Care Health System
Friday, Sept. 16
John H. Ammon Medical Education Center
Registration and breakfast 8 a.m.
Conference 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
There is no cost to attend this educational activity.
Registration will open the second week of August.
Please bookmark www.delamed.org/CKD for updates.
Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute Christiana Care Health System
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Reception
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Program
John H. Ammon Medical Education Center
Christiana Hospital Campus
Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in the United States. The National Lung Screening Trial demonstrated a 20 percent reduction in lung cancer mortality with 3 rounds of low-dose computed tomography (CT) screening as compared with chest radiology, over a mean follow-up of 6.4 years. Consequently, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services now recommend annual CT screening for a risk factor-based subgroup of smokers.
This year's symposium and dinner program will present National Cancer Institute Phase III Trial Results of Lung Cancer Screening and will provide health care professionals with early results of the Delaware Statewide Lung Cancer Screening Program. Christiana Care’s Lung Cancer Screening Program and shared decision making modules for lung screenings will be presented with a panel discussion to follow. Posters on research underway at the Center for Translational Cancer Research will be available for viewing.
Christiana Care Health System
Saturday, Oct. 1
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The Virden Retreat at the University of Delaware
700 Pilottown Road
Lewes, Delaware 19958
Delaware is already home to 26,000 people with dementia and the aging of our population makes dementia care an increasingly important objective for health care providers. Optimal care begins with accurate detection, evaluation, and differential diagnosis. Patients, caregivers, and providers must then consider whether to use the medications approved for treating dementia’s cognitive symptoms. The non-cognitive behavioral symptoms such as agitation, aggression, anxiety, apathy, depression, and psychosis appear early in the course of dementia and their effective treatment can delay or prevent the need for more intensive and expensive care. Much of the emotional and financial burden of dementia care is shouldered by unpaid family caregivers, and their support is a key feature of effective dementia care. Before reaching the terminal phase of illness, many important decisions need to be made including plans for end of life care. Advance directive documentation and use of the new DMOST form assist health care providers in discussing end of life care with patients and caregivers.
This course is intended for primary care and behavioral health clinicians including nurses, nurse practitioners, psychologists and social workers.
For more information, please click here.
In an Aug. 4 letter to CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt, AAFP Board Chair Robert Wergin, M.D., of Milford, Nebraska, made it clear that the Academy continues to support "reasonable and achievable programs that promote continuous quality improvement and that measure patient experiences."
However, Wergin said survey results that reflect a patient's level of satisfaction with healthcare experiences should be used only to incentivize physicians and practices, not to impose financial penalties.
Female doctors in the United States make much less than their male colleagues, a new study finds.
Researchers examined more than 3 million Medicare reimbursement claims received by doctors in 13 medical specialties in 2012. Overall, female doctors got $34,126 less than male doctors, the investigators found.
After the researchers adjusted for working hours, productivity and years of experience, they found that female doctors were reimbursed $18,677 less than their male colleagues.
While the Medicare payment reform law Congress passed last year poses numerous challenges for independent medical practices, it will not doom them. In fact, practices that understand how they will be evaluated under the law may be able to improve their bottom lines when the law takes effect.
By Scott E. Rupp
The news is in, and research suggests what we may have already known. Individuals 65 years and older do not use the internet for their healthcare searches, and the number adopting digital health tools remains low, according to a research letter published in the Journal of the Medical Association. The report shows 76 percent of the respondents used cellphones and 64 percent used computers in 2011, but only 16 percent obtained health information online.
Becker's Hospital Review
Physicians who complete competitive residencies tend to make higher salaries and also may have lower rates of burnout, according to a study published by JAMA Internal Medicine.
Researchers compared the "fill rate" of residencies with median salary data from the Medical Group Management Association and data from Medscape's Lifestyle Report.
Years ago when we were entering medical school, the role of a physician could be summed up as "to provide direct medical care one patient at a time." But that was then. The now of practicing medicine has changed dramatically and presents a new range of complexities and challenges that broaden the role of the physician. Medical care is certainly still the priority, but to lead complex clinical programs, integrated service lines, and industry enterprises, physicians must focus on much more than direct patient care. Now, more than ever, our industry needs qualified physician leadership.
Twenty percent of people hospitalized are sent home before their vital signs are stable, which can increase their risk of death and likelihood of readmission, a new study by UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers shows.
The study, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, analyzed the medical records of more than 32,000 patients at six providers in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area for red flags within 24 hours of discharge, such as anomalies in heart and breathing rate, oxygen saturation, blood pressure and temperature.
By Scott Rupp
Dr. Karen DeSalvo, who until Aug. 12 served as the national coordinator for health information technology, has left the position. She is being replaced by Vindell Washington, M.D., who had been serving as the principal deputy national coordinator at ONC. DeSalvo is not leaving government work, of course, and will continue to serve as acting assistant secretary for health. But with the Obama administration winding down, does this change really matter?
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