Closing the Gap

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Providing Providers Resources to Manage Patients After Acute Care

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The Gateway Medical Society and its member physicians are committed to the elimination of health disparities among minority populations. Our strategic goals include:
  • Provide continuing education programs for health professionals
  • Facilitate the communication, collaboration and networking among health professionals
  • Provide forums for the discussion of issues which aid in the advocacy for health reform and minority health issues
  • Increase minority representation in the healthcare workforce
  • Define types of facilities and resources to care for patient when the acute illness is stabilized, but continued care is still needed in the post-acute hospitalization
  • Review post-acute levels of care available, including rehabilitation, palliative services, home health and long term care
  • Understand post-acute care transition considerations for patients who are in special population categories including: behavioral health and/or substance use disorders and homelessness
Who Should Attend:

Provider Network audience including: physicians, nurses, social workers and other multidiscipline network and community based professionals.

How You Can Have an Impact:
  • Keep up to date on strategies to reduce health disparities
  • Increase the cultural awareness of your staff and colleagues
  • Identify issues related to social determinants and utilize appropriate community resources


8:45 to 9:00 am WELCOME & OPENING REMARKS:
Anita Edwards, MD, MBA, FACP
Symposium Program Chair
Medical Director | Gateway Health
Moderator: Monica Reese, PSYD, LSW, CCM
Manager, Learning Services | Gateway Health

9:00 to 10:00 am Post Acute Levels of Care
Holly Palmieri, Navihealth Representative
Medicare Business Line
John Hilliard, Supervisor UM PA
Medicaid Business Line | Gateway Health
• Overview: Transitional Care at the Post-Hospital
• Levels of Care
• Acute Rehabilitation
• Long Term Acute Care(LTAC)
• Skilled Nursing Facility level of care
• Personal Care Homes

10:00 to 10:15 am BREAK

10:15 to 11:30 am Managing Care Transitions for Special Populations
Danielle Bakota, BS, RN, CARN
Senior Care Manager, Utilization Management-
Behavioral Health | Gateway Health
• Behavioral Health Diagnoses
• Substance Use Disorders including IV drug use
• Social Determinants of Health: Healthcare Coordination for the Homeless

11:30 to 12 Noon Level of Care, Assessment and Targets
Linda Mikula, MSW, LSW, CCM
Director, Clinical Operations | Gateway Health
• Pennsylvania Medicaid Options Program & Preadmission • Screening Resident Review (PASRR) Overview
• Nursing Facility Assessment Process
• PASRR Screening Level I
• PASRR Screening Level II for patients with Mental • Illness and/or Intellectual Disability

12:00 LUNCH

12:00 to 1:00 pm Home Health Care Services
Gaye Crowell, RN
Manager, Clinical Care Coordination | Gateway Health
• Routine Home Care
• Continuous Care
• Respite Care
• Hospice & Palliative Care

1:00 to 2:00 pm Community Discussion ~ Pediatric Care
Gaye Crowell, RN
Manager Clinical Care Coordination | Gateway Health
Cheryl Holtzman, MSW, LSW
Manager Case Management | Gateway Health
Pediatric Care Panel Discussion:
• Managing Family Engagement with young patients
• with chronic conditions
• Transitions of Care in Pediatrics
• Shift Care
• Specialty Care Facilities

2:00 pm Program Adjournment

Continuing Education Credits:

CME Accreditation and Designation Statement
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Gateway Medical Society. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

The views, opinions, and content of the Program do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or policies of the Gateway Medical Society, The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences (CCEHS), Allegheny Health Network, Gateway Health, presenters and sponsoring organizations.

Date: 9/21/2019
Time: 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Place: Herberman Conference Center
5150 Centre Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15232


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