25th Pennsylvania Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (PMDA) Annual Symposium

Friday and Saturday
Oct. 20 and 21, 2017

Hershey Lodge & Convention Center
325 University Drive
Hershey, PA 17033

A continuing education service of Penn State College of Medicine, jointly provided by The Pennsylvania Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.

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  • Medical directors
  • Long-term care health professionals
  • Physical medicine providers
  • Rehabilitation professionals
  • Geriatricians
  • Physician assistants
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Registered nurses
  • Family physicians
  • Nursing home administrators


The PMDA Annual Symposium is designed to meet the educational needs of the health care professionals working in post-acute and long-term care settings. A strong interdisciplinary approach is emphasized, and organizations are encouraged to attend as a team to experience the most benefit.



This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Penn State College of Medicine and PMDA. Penn State College of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Friday, Oct. 20, 2017
5.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)

Saturday, October 21, 2017
6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)

Penn State College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses Using AMA Credit

Nurses will receive a certificate from Penn State College of Medicine verifying their participation in 11.75 hours of approved continuing medical education. Continuing education activities which are approved by accredited institutions of higher education and that are relevant to patient care or professional nursing meet the requirements of mandatory continuing education for registered nurses in Pennsylvania, as required by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. The Board of Nursing recommends that nurses retain their certificates for a period of at least five years. Additional information is available through the State Board of Nursing website.

Nursing Home Administrators

This program has been approved for 11.75 clock hours through the PA State Board of Nursing Home Administrators Penn State Provider #PR000201L and Board approval #NHCE102068.

American Board of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine

This live activity has been pre-approved by the American Board of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (ABPLM) for a total of 3.75 management hours and 8 clinical hours toward certification as a Certified Medical Director (CMD) in post-acute and long-term care medicine. The CMD program is administered by the ABPLM. Each physician should claim only those hours of credit actually spent on the activity.

Patient Safety/Risk

This program includes 2.5 hours of patient safety/risk management education as required by the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine. Please see the program schedule for the topics marked as risk.

Special Events

No additional fee for either event.

Networking Reception

Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. / Crystal A Room

25th Annual PMDA Symposium Anniversary Celebration

Friday, Oct. 20, 2017
5 to 7 p.m. / Trinidad Room

Be sure to stop by before you head out to dinner on Friday evening for free appetizers, drinks (two drink coupons per registered participant), live music, and more! Spouses are welcome to attend.


Friday, Oct. 20, 2017
7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • 7 a.m. |   Check In/Continental Breakfast/Visit Exhibits
  • 7:50 a.m. | Welcoming Remarks
    Deborah Way, MD, CMD, FAAHPM
  • 8 a.m. | Post-Acute Long-Term Care (PALTC): Hip Fractures, Do We Fix Them?
    Joshua Uy, MD
  • 8:45 a.m. | Early Detection of Sepsis in Long-Term Care (LTC) Residents (Risk)
    Terri Lee Roberts, BSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC
  • 9:45 a.m. | Morning Break/Visit Exhibits
  • 10:15 a.m. | From Evidence to Conversation: A Framework for Code Status Discussions
    Joshua Uy, MD
  • 11 a.m. | AMDA Update
    Christopher E. Laxton, CAE
  • 11:30 a.m. | Annual Business Meeting
  • Noon | Lunch/Visit Exhibits
  • 1:30 p.m. | Direct Oral Anticoagulation (DOAC): A Patient-Centered Review and Practical Guide
    Luis H. Eraso, MD, MPH, FSVM
  • 2:15 p.m. | Diagnosis and Treatment of Complicated Grief
    Charles F. Reynolds III, MD
  • 3:15 p.m. | Afternoon Break/Visit Exhibits
  • 3:30 p.m. | Public Policy Update
    David A. Nace, MD, MPH, CMD
  • 4:30 p.m. | Adjournment

Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017
7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • 7:30 a.m. | Check In/Continental Breakfast
  • 7:50 a.m. | Welcoming Remarks
    Deborah Way, MD, CMD, FAAHPM
  • 8 a.m. | Top Five Articles That Could Make a Difference in Your LTC Practice
    David A. Nace, MD, MPH, CMD
  • 8:30 a.m. | Are These Wounds Healable?
    Jeanine Maguire, MPT, CSW
  • 9:15 a.m. | Morning Break
  • 9:30 a.m. | Diagnosis and Treatment of Sleep-Wake Disorders in Older Adults
    Charles F. Reynolds III, MD
  • 10:15 a.m. | Building a Wound Care Interdisciplinary Team
    Jeanine Maguire, MPT, CWS
  • 11 a.m. | Billing and Coding
    Michael Owen, PA-C
  • 11:45 a.m. | Lunch
  • 12:30 p.m. | Update on Osteoarthritis and Crystal Arthropathies
    Carla R. Scanzello, MD, PhD
  • 1:30 p.m. | Elder Abuses: Financial and Otherwise (Risk)
    David Galinksy, MD; Denise Getgen, RN, BSN; Christina Kotsalus, MS
  • 2:15 p.m. | Geriatric Dermatology
    Michael A. Tomeo, MD, FAAD
  • 3 p.m. | Closing Remarks/Adjournment


Luis H. Eraso, MD, MPH, FSVM
Associate Professor of Medicine and Surgery
Jefferson Vascular Center, Vascular Medicine
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Philadelphia, PA

David Galinsky, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Department of Aging
Office of the Deputy Secretary
Harrisburg, PA

Denise Getgen, RN, BSN
Director, Protective Services
Department of Aging
Harrisburg, PA

Christina Kotsalus, MS
Director, Investor Education and Consumer Outreach
Department of Banking and Securities
Harrisburg, PA

Christopher E. Laxton, CAE
Executive Director
AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute
and Long-Term Care Medicine
Columbia, MD

Jeanine Maguire, MPT, CWS
Senior Director, Skin Integrity and Wound Care Management
Genesis HealthCare
Kennett Square, PA

David A. Nace, MD, MPH, CMD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Long-Term Care and Influenza Programs
Division of Geriatric Medicine
Chief of Medical Affairs
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Senior Communities
Pittsburgh, PA

Michael Owen, PA-C
Director of Clinical Education and Compliance
Genesis Physician Services
Kennett Square, PA

Charles F. Reynolds III, MD
Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry
Endowed Professor in Geriatric Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA

Terri Lee Roberts, BSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC
Infection Prevention Analyst
PA Patient Safety Authority
Harrisburg, PA

Carla R. Scanzello, MD, PhD
Section Chief, Rheumatology
Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Rheumatology
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Michael A. Tomeo, MD, FAAD
Director, Advanced Dermatology Center
Clinical Instructor of Dermatology
Hahnemann University Hospital
Former Chief, Dermatology
Holy Redeemer Hospital
Meadowbrook, PA

Joshua Uy, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
Medical Director, Renaissance Healthcare
and Rehabilitation
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Planning Committee

Lee Cowen, DO, CMD
Temple Physicians at Lawndale
Philadelphia, PA

Umar Farooq, MD, CMD
Medical Director, Oakwood Health Care and Rehabilitation Center
Rivers Edge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Life Choice Hospice
Philadelphia, PA

Daniel Haimowitz, MD, CMD, FACP
Medical Director, Attleboro Community
Medical Director, Arden Courts of Yardley
Medical Director, Living Branches
Levittown, PA

Mary Kender, NHA
Executive Director, Attleboro Community
Langhorne, PA

Brian B. Kimmel, DO, CMD
Medical Director, Chapel Manor
Medical Director, Somerton Center
Genesis Health Care
Medical Director, Hospice Compassus
Medical Advisor
Oakwood Personal Care Center
Philadelphia PA

Molly Langford, MSN, CRNP
Genesis Health Care
Kennett Square, PA

David Luschini, MD, CMD, FACP
Medical Director
St. John Neumann Center and Immaculate Mary Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare
Philadelphia, PA

Tracy Polak, MSN, CRNP
Vice President, Clinical Operations
Curavi Health Inc.
Pittsburgh, PA

Firas Saidi, MD, CMD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
Sidney Kimmel Medical College
Thomas Jefferson University
Geriatrics Section Chief
Mainline Health System
Wynnewood, PA

Daniel R. Steiner, MD, CMD-R
Private Practice
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Pittsburgh, PA

Tony Tsai, MD
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Polaris Rehabilitation, PLLC
Devault, PA

Charles Wasserman, DO, CMD
Family Practice Physician
Einstein Physicians
Audubon, PA

Deborah Way, MD, CMD, FAAHPM, Ex-officio
President, PMDA
Assistant Professor, Clinical Medicine
Department of Medicine Division and Geriatric Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Perelman School of Medicine
Director, Palliative Care Services
Cpl. Michael J. Crescenz VA Medicine Center
Philadelphia, PA

Denise Weachter, MSN, CRNP
Clinical Service Manager
OptumCare – Pennsylvania and Delaware
Horsham, PA

Refund Policy and Cancellation

Cancellations received after Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 will have a $25 processing fee per day.

No refunds after Monday, Oct. 16, 2017.

The University may cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for any other related costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies. Preregistered participants will be notified if a program is filled or canceled.

Industry-Sponsored Symposia

Opportunities will be posted at www.pamda.org as they are finalized.

Non-PMDA Members

Join PMDA by Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 and attend this year’s annual symposium at the member rate.

Any non-member who submits a PMDA membership application and payment for the 2018 dues by Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, will receive free PMDA membership benefits through the balance of 2017, including the savings on the annual symposium registration fees.

New members will be able to register and attend both the 2017 and 2018 meetings at the member rate.

Download a membership application here.

Submit your application by using one of the following options:

Mail to:
P.O. Box 8820
Harrisburg, PA 17105

Fax to:



PMDA Members must use coupon code E5967KH18 when registering.

The fee includes:

  • Listed meals
  • Cost of instruction
  • Handout materials via COMPASS

Registrations received after Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, will incur a $25 late fee.


Physician/Non-Member, PMDA Member/Non – $179

Two-Day: On or Before Sept. 20, 2017

Physician PMDA Member – $249
Non-Member – $349
Non-Physician PMDA Member – $169
Non-Physician Non-Member – $269

Two-Day: On or After Sept. 21, 2017

Physician PMDA Member – $269
Non-Member – $369
Non-Physician PMDA Member – $189
Non-Physician Non-Member – $289


There is limited availability. These registrations are free.

Students must send verification status to ContinuingEd@pennstatehealth.psu.edu or fax to 717-531-5604.


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hershey Lodge, 325 University Drive, Hershey, PA 17033.

Accommodations are the responsibility of the program participant. We recommend that you make reservations as early as possible.

Deadline for special rate: Monday, Sept. 18, 2017

To make a reservation: Visit the reservations website, call 717-533-3311 or 1-800-HERSHEY.

Group Name: Pennsylvania Medical Directors Association

Rate: $174 a night. Rooms reserved after the deadline are at regular rates and will be based on availability.

Save the Date for Future Events

The 26th Annual PMDA Symposium will be held Nov. 9 and 10, 2018, in Hershey, PA.

The 27th Annual PMDA Symposium will be held Oct. 18 and 19, 2019, in Hershey, PA.

Access (ADA)

Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of special accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Continuing Education at least one week in advance of your participation or visit.

Disclosure/ Conflict of Interest (COI/ educational balance)

It is our policy to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of our educational programs. Faculty and course directors have disclosed relevant financial relationships with commercial companies, and Penn State has a process in place to resolve any conflict of interest. Complete faculty disclosure will be provided to program participants at the beginning of the activity.

University Nondiscrimination Policy

This publication is available in alternative media on request. The Pennsylvania State University is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to programs, facilities, admission, and employment without regard to personal characteristics not related to ability, performance, or qualifications as determined by University policy or by state or federal authorities. It is the policy of the University to maintain an academic and work environment free of discrimination, including harassment. The Pennsylvania State University prohibits discrimination and harassment against any person because of age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, genetic information, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status and retaliation due to the reporting of discrimination or harassment. Discrimination, harassment, or retaliation against faculty, staff, or students will not be tolerated at The Pennsylvania State University. Direct all inquiries regarding the Nondiscrimination Policy to the Affirmative Action Director, The Pennsylvania State University, 328 Boucke Building, University Park, PA 16802-5901; tel 814-863-0471/TTY. US M.Ed. E5967-18-Z

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