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28th Annual Pennsylvania Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (PMDA) Symposium

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The logo for the Pennsylvania Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine includes concentric blue circles in different shades, the letters pmda in lowercase, and the organization's full name.This event is a continuing education service of Penn State College of Medicine, jointly provided by The Pennsylvania Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (PMDA).


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


This program is appropriate for post-acute and long-term care health professionals; medical directors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, RNs, nursing home administrators, and health care providers specializing in internal and family medicine, geriatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Agenda and Faculty

  • 7:45 a.m. | Welcoming Remarks
  • 8 a.m. | Multimorbidity: Considerations for LTC (Patient Safety/Risk)
    Joshua Uy, MD
    Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
    Medical Director, Renaissance Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center
    Philadelphia, Pa.
  • 8:50 a.m. | Break/Virtual Exhibits
  • 9 a.m. | Delirium and Designing a Comfort Care Med Set for LTC
    Alexander Nesbitt, MD
    Medical Director, Hospice and Palliative Care
    UPMC Susquehanna
    Williamsport, Pa.
  • 9:50 a.m. | Break/Virtual Exhibits
  • 10 a.m. | Late Pulmonary Complications of COVID-19 and Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome
    Brian Burlew, MD
    Lehigh Valley Health Network
    Bethlehem, Pa.
  • 10:50 a.m. | Break/Virtual Exhibits
  • 11 a.m. | Update on COVID-19 Diagnostics and Antibodies
    Yukari C. Manabe, MD, FIDSA
    Professor of Medicine
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    Baltimore, Md.
  • 11:50 a.m. | PMDA Business Meeting
  • 12:30 p.m. | Industry-Sponsored Symposia (ISS) Lunch Meeting (Non-CME)
    The First LAMA for Inhalation Using Natural Breathing: LONHALA® MAGNAIR® (glycopyrrolate) Inhalation Solution
    Presented by Sunovion
    Speaker TBA
  • 1:30 p.m. | Opioid De-prescribing and Documentation (Patient Safety/Risk; Pharmacology; Opioid)
    Emily Hajjar, PharmD, MS, BCPS, BCACP, BCGP
    Associate Professor
    Department of Pharmacy Practice
    Jefferson College of Pharmacy
    Philadelphia, Pa.
  • 2:25 p.m. | Break
  • 2:30 p.m. | Five Articles That Could Affect Your LTC Practice
    Public Policy Update
    AMDA Highlights
    David Nace, MD, MPH, CMD
    President, AMDA
    Associate Professor of Medicine
    Director, Long-Term Care Programs
    Division of Geriatric Medicine,
    University of Pittsburgh
    Chief of Medical Affairs,
    UPMC Senior Communities
    Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • 4 p.m. | Adjournment


Laurissa Ash, CRNP
Chief, Nurse Practitioner Post-Acute Care
UPMC Pinnacle
Harrisburg, Pa.

Gary B. Bernett, MD, CMD
Senior Vice President Medical Affairs
Genesis HealthCare
Kennett Square, Pa.

R. Scott DeLong, MD, CMD
Geriatrician and Geriatrics Fellowship Director
Penn Medicine/Lancaster General Health
Medical Director, Lancaster Mennonite Home
Lancaster, Pa.

Dilip Elangbam, MD, CMD
Internal Medicine
UPMC Susquehanna
Muncy, Pa.
PMDA Education Committee Co-Chair

Sean Heffelfinger, MD, CMD
Family Medicine, Lehigh Valley Health Network
Medical Director, ManorCare
Bethlehem, Pa.
PMDA Education Committee Co-Chair

Brian B. Kimmel, DO, CMD
Medical Director, Chapel Manor Genesis
Medical Director, Somerton Center
Medical Director, Provider Partners Health Plan – Eastern PA
Medical Advisor, Oakwood Personal Care Center
Philadelphia, Pa.
PMDA President

Mary “Molly” Langford, MSN, CRNP
Senior Director of Clinical Practice
Genesis Health Care
Kennett Square, Pa.

Thomas E. Lawrence, MD, CMD
System Medical Director of Geriatric Medicine and Long-Term Care
Main Line Health System
West Chester, Pa.

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

Sarah Noorbaksh, MD, CMD
Medical Director, Skilled/Post-Acute Clinical Service
UPMC Pinnacle Health
Harrisburg, Pa.

Firas Saidi, MD, CMD
Geriatrician, Private Practice
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
Sidney Kimmel Medical College
Thomas Jefferson University
Newtown, Pa.

Danielle Snyderman, MD, CMD
Assistant Professor, Family and Community Medicine
Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, Pa.
PMDA Education Committee Co-Chair

Daniel R. Steiner, MD, CMD-R
Private Practice
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Charles Wasserman, DO, CMD
Temple Fox Chase Internal Medicine
Philadelphia, Pa.

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



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.

Penn State College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 6 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 6 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 6 clock hours through the PA State Board of Nursing Home Administrators Penn State Provider #PR000201L and Board approval #NHAPR102352.

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 2.5 management hours and 3.75 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 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 with (Patient Safety/Risk).


Nurse practitioners please note: This program includes 1 contact hour of pharmacology education as required for certification renewal by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Please see the program schedule for the topic marked with (Pharmacology).


This program includes 1 hour of opiod content. See the schedule for the topic marked with (Opioid).


Fee includes cost of instruction and online handout materials.


  • PMDA member: $125
  • Non-member: $150


  • PMDA member: $80
  • Non-member: $100


  • Free (limited availability)

Attention Non-PMDA Members

Those who join PMDA by Oct. 6, 2020, can attend this year’s annual symposium at the member rate. Any non-member who submits their PMDA membership application and payment for the 2021 dues by Oct. 6, 2020, will receive free PMDA membership benefits through the balance of 2020. This includes the savings on the annual symposium registration fees. Those taking advantage of the offer will be able to register and attend both the 2020 and 2021 meetings at the member rate.

To download a membership application, go to

Submit applications by mail, fax or email.

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

Fax: 717-558-7841



Cancellations received before Oct. 9, 2020, will receive a full refund.

Cancellations received between Oct. 9 and 30, 2020, will receive a refund less a $25 processing fee.

No refunds will be made for cancellations that are received after Oct. 31, 2020.


A completed evaluation is required in order to receive a certificate for attending this activity. Please complete and submit the evaluation within the specified time frame.


The University reserves the right to 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 any program registration fees paid but cannot be held responsible for any related costs, charges or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies.

Program registrants who are experiencing illness or have been exposed to anyone who is ill should contact the Continuing Education office before attending any in-person activities.


Content and speakers for all programs are subject to change. Registrants will be notified of any significant updates.


On-campus educational activities provided by Penn State College of Medicine Continuing Education are required to follow healthcare facility guidelines. Off-campus events provided by Penn State College of Medicine Continuing Education follow the COVID-19 requirements of that venue. We ask that all participants respect that some attendees may still choose to wear masks for activities. Check the venue website for the latest requirements and recommendations. Please do not attend this activity if you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. By attending the activity, you attest that you do not have any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, which may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of taste, loss of smell or any other sign of illness.

Access (ADA)

Penn State encourages people with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Participants who anticipate needing any type of special accommodation or who have questions about the physical access provided should contact the Continuing Education office at least one week in advance of participation or visit.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest (COI and Educational Balance)

It is Penn State policy to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all educational programs. Faculty and course directors have disclosed relevant financial relationships with commercial companies, and Penn State has a process in place to mitigate 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; 814-863-0471 (TTY). US M.Ed. A6134

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