Northern California Chapter of GAPNA

CALTCM Annual Meeting April 29 -30, 2016, in Los Angeles

Posted about 3 years ago by Jennifer Serafin

The 42nd Annual CALTCM meeting entitled Quality Through Best Practices is focused on person-centered care in the long-term care setting. Attendees will be challenged to find ways to integrate the latest knowledge into long-term care and post-acute care practices, recognizing models that reduce hospital readmissions. We have designed our meeting for practical training of all members of the interdisciplinary team, in areas where long-term care is presently focused to improve quality.

The Pre-Conference centers on sharing best practices that highlight quality improvement methodology. The 42nd Annual Meeting begins with an emphasis on antipsychotic use from a variety of perspectives, including views from both a pharmacist and geriatrician, as well a legal perspective on informed consent. In addition to the elderly resident with dementia, there will be a presentation regarding younger nursing home residents with mental health issues. The "Cutting-Edge" session will focus on appropriate prescribing of medications, with attention paid to antibiotic stewardship and the concept of de-prescribing. The afternoon will culminate with a presentation regarding the Optimistic program, an innovation program to reduce hospitalizations in nursing home residents.

The focus on person-centered care continues on Saturday with "Hot off the Press!" featuring presentations on sex amongst nursing home residents, pain management and end-of-life discussions. The final session, "Back to the Future", will center on important topics such as value-based purchasing, bundled payments, and how technology is impacting the continuum of care. Telemedicine and the future of health monitoring through technology will be addressed.

We anticipate another informative Poster session, where we will not only learn from organized presentations on facility innovation, but also have opportunities to discuss the project with the author(s).

An additional highlight will be the collegial working relationships that develop around the tables at our annual meeting. Bring your team, enjoy the interactive learning, and return home reinvigorated. Together, we can bring meaningful change back to our communities.


Physicians, advanced practice nurses, gero-psychiatrists, pharmacists, licensed nurses, administrators, and other members of the interdisciplinary team who care for patients and residents in PA/LTC.


By participation in the annual meeting, participants will have the ability to:
•Explain models and incentives for reducing hospital admissions and readmissions;
•Identify five best practices impacting the care of nursing home residents;
•Recognize the importance of appropriate medication prescribing, and understand the concept of "de-prescribing";
•Implement changes necessary to effectively integrate advances in technology into their practice within the post-acute continuum;.
•Identify and implement the use of informed consent related to the prescribing of antipsychotic medications;
•Identify four key components of an end-of-life discussion.