Non-Traditional Approaches to Symptom Management in Long-Term Care (Archive)

1.0 CME / 1.0 CMD Management / 1.0 MOC

Using case studies, the speakers will describe how non-traditional interventions can improve quality of life and quality of work in long-term care.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe non-pharmacological approaches to symptom management including reductions in pain and anxiety
  • Apply strategies to promote staff positivity and healing touch
  • Recognize the role of cannabis products in addressing pain and anxiety in long-term care


Cari Levy, MD, PhD, CMD, currently is a Professor in the Department of Medicine at the Rocky Mountain Regional Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center and the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She serves as Section Chief of Palliative Medicine and Director of the Center of Innovation for Veteran-Centered and Value-Driven Research at the Denver VA Medical Center.  Dr. Levy received her undergraduate degree from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California and her medical degree from the University of Colorado. She completed her residency and chief residency at Vanderbilt University. Her geriatric fellowship and PhD in clinical sciences were completed at the University of Colorado. Dr. Levy served as President of AMDA–The Society for PALTC (2018-2019)and is an active member of the American Geriatric Society and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.  She has been involved extensively in research with a focus on improving nursing home and end-of-life care for older adults with publications of articles related to this research in Chest, Cancer, Medical Care, JAMA Internal Medicine, Health Affairs, The Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, The Gerontologist and the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

Travis Neill, PA-C, MMS, is an Associate Professor of Geriatrics at the University of Colorado PA (CHAPA) program and board-certified Physician Assistant specializing in Geriatrics who has been practicing in the Post-Acute and Long-Term Care environments for over ten years. Travis graduated from the University of Colorado with a Masters in Finance, worked in Corporate Finance before changing paths and completing a three-year Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from University of Colorado PA program. He has led to authoring articles for several publications, becoming a member of the editorial advisory board of a geriatric publication known as “Caring for the Ages”, and hosting a monthly Geriatric Journal Club podcast. In 2018, Mr. Neill was elected to the Colorado Medical Director Association Board of Directors as the first PA in its 30 year history. He was also given the role as an Assistant Medical Director to multiple Nursing Facilities which is another step toward achieving his career goal of advancing education and improving geriatric standards of care. He is currently Director of Clinical Operations at Forte Health and Wellness, a medical practice that serves the needs of residents in nursing facilities across Colorado. 

Credit Information:

Activity Created 8/2021
Credits Available Until 8/2024

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 Credit(s)TM. 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 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 self-study 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. 

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