Telemedicine in PALTC Facilities- Lessons Learned from COVID-19 (Archive 03/24/2021)

1.0 CME / 1.0 CMD Management / 1.0 MOC

With the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for telemedicine in facilities is more evident than ever. However, providers often have little experience with setting up telemedicine. The speakers have developed a program that incorporates telemedicine for facilities, in addition to more comprehensive support in settings of COVID-19 preparation and outbreak. In this webinar, the presenters will share the program they have developed (GERI-PaL) and the lessons they have learned in developing a telemedicine program for post-acute and long-term care facilities as a component in a more comprehensive clinical program.

Learning Objectives:

  • Assess the need for telemedicine in a facility
  • Understand the options and needs for technology in a facility
  • Describe the staffing support needed to implement telemedicine in a facility
  • Explain how telemedicine can be incorporated into a more comprehensive clinical program
Speaker Information:

Laurie Archbald-Pannone, MD, FACP, MPH, is an associate professor in the Divisions of General Medicine, Geriatrics, and Palliative and Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health, Center for Global Health. As a geriatrician and infectious disease specialist with extensive experience in facility-based infection control and prevention, as well as in geriatric conditions, Dr. Archbald-Pannone has over 12 years of clinical and research expertise in the post-acute and long-term care setting (PALTC). She is the key architect and lead physician on the GERI-PaL model. Dr. Archbald Pannone has been funded by NIH/NIAID to study patient outcomes in nosocomial infection, is currently medical director of the UVA geriatric medicine outpatient clinic; and serves as an invited member of the Virginia governor’s COVID-19 Long-Term Care Facility Task Force. She will lead all planning, coordination, operation, and supervision of this research.

 Justin Mutter, MD, MScis a geriatrician at UVA Physicians at JABA, where he provides primary and consultative care for older adults. He has a special interest in optimizing medication management for older patients, directing a medication consult clinic at JABA in collaboration with a clinical pharmacist. He also serves as clinical faculty of the UVA Memory and Aging Care Clinic in the Department of Neurology, providing multimodal dementia care services. He is the medical director of UVA’s Continuum Home Health Care and a Co-Director, Geriatrics Clerkship.

Kimberly Albero, DNP, FNP-BC is the research program director - UVA Project ECHO through the UVA Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences. She is the director of telementoring for the GERI-PaL program.

Rebecca Steele, MSN, RN, CNL is the clinical innovator and nurse liaison for the GERI-PaL program, as well as for Project ECHO and the Karen S. Rheuban Center for Telehealth UVA Health System.

Credit Information:

Activity Created 3/2021

Credits Available Until 3/2024

Credit Statements: 

CME: AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

CMD: This enduring activity has been pre-approved by the American Board of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (ABPLM) for a total of 1.0 management hours toward certification or recertification 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. 

Maintenance of Certification (MOC): Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.0 Medical Knowledge MOC points and patient safety credit in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit. 

Disclosure Information: 

The Society requires all speakers verbally disclosure all relevant financial relationships; presence of off-label use of a device or medication; and discussion of any experimental, new or evolving topic prior to each accredited education activity.

If the learner perceives any bias toward a commercial product or service, advocation of unscientific approaches to diagnosis or therapy, or recommendation, treatment, or manners of practicing healthcare that are determined to have risks or dangers that outweigh the benefits or are known to be ineffective in the treatment of patients please report this to the Society’s staff.

All relevant relationships have been identified, mitigated, and resolved.  

  • The following AMDA Education Committee members have financial relationships: Diane Sanders-Cepeda, DO, CMD-UHG-: Full-Time Employee; all others have no relationships with ineligible companies. 
  • Speakers do not have any financial relationships to disclose.
  • AMDA staff have no relationships with ineligible companies.