Hello IMDA Members,
For those of you who could not attend, I would like to provide you with a recap of the IDMA Annual State Chapter Meeting held during the AMDA meeting in Orlando on 3/18/2016. It was overall an excellent meeting with a lot of opportunity for collaboration between members. We discussed the success of the 5th Annual Meeting in September in Bloomingdale and there was much excitement about the upcoming Bi-State Conference on Post-acute and Long Term Care, to be held 4/15-4/17/2016 in St. Louis.
We were also very pleased to introduce our two AMDA Futures Program award recipients:
Dr. Jennifer Fernandez, a Fellow in Geriatric Medicine at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. She is originally from Highlands, North Carolina and attended college and medical school in Charleston, SC. She has had a long-standing interest in geriatric medicine. After completing residency in Asheville, NC she moved to Charlotte, NC, where she worked as faculty at the FM Residency Program in Monroe, NC for 3 years before beginning a geriatric medicine fellowship at Northwestern University.
Dr. Chris Lee, a Family Practice Resident at University of Chicago/North Shore University. He is originally from Vancouver, British Columbia and is interested in pursuing a profession in primary care medicine. He is particularly interested in continuity of care—providing care across all venues.
Each year, we plan to sponsor two AMDA Futures, and benefits include 3-day registration to the AMDA Annual Conference, one year of AMDA membership (which now includes free webinars), access to a program dedicated to professional development, transportation to and from the meeting and four nights lodging. Please let us know who you would like to nominate for this excellent opportunity.
The Illinois Chapter led the way in advocacy, proposing six resolutions to the AMDA House of Delegates, and every one passed! One was even split into two at the meeting, so technically seven resolutions were passed. These resolutions help to shape AMDA’s public policy and lobbying efforts, and covered a wide range of issues of importance to providers of post-acute and long term care. The subjects were:
1. Reimbursing Physician Practices for Administrative Costs of Value-Based Purchasing Programs
2. Ensuring Appropriate Risk Adjustment prior to Implementation of VBP Programs
3. Holding CMS Accountable for Timely and Accurate Data
4. Establishing the Specialty of PA/LTC Medicine
5. Removing Pain Scores from Quality Metrics
6. Using NPI instead of TIN in Value Based Purchasing Programs
IMDA is committed to getting your concerns to the national level. If you see a system-wide problem that interferes with care delivery or is burdensome to PA/LTC providers, let us know.
Finally, a new IMDA Board Member was elected by the chapter members:
Nancy Willens MSN, GNP-BC, who is currently a Nurse Practitioner for Northshore Practitioners, Inc., Chicago, IL and Principal of Quality Health Unlimited, P.C. providing APN services in long term care facilities. She received her Nurse Practitioner training at Rush University in 1998. She has over 25 years experience working with older adults in skilled nursing and outpatient care.
Nancy mentors advanced practice nursing students for Loyola University and University of Illinois Chicago. She is Chair of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA) Foundation Board, past president of the Chicagoland Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Organization (CGAPN) and past Secretary of GAPNA.
In addition to serving on the GAPNA Foundation, she continues to be an active member of CGAPN and GAPNA.
Nancy will be a welcome addition to the IMDA Board and we look forward to working with her.
I hope to see you in St. Louis!
Noel A. DeBacker, M.D., FACP, CMD
IMDA, The Illinois Chapter of AMDA: The Society for Post-Acute and Long Term Care