« The Dual Agenda: June 2, 2016 Issue

Key Dates

Tuesday, June 7 (1-2 p.m. Eastern) – Webinar: Engaging Patients and Community Stakeholders in CHNAs

Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNAs) have the potential to be powerful drivers to enhance the health of communities. In this webinar, speakers will:

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Wednesday, June 8 (2-3 p.m. Eastern) - Webinar: An Advocate's Guide to Health Plan Merger Remedies

Consumers Union’s Health Care Value Hub is hosting a webinar that will discuss health plan mergers and potential remedies that can help avoid consumer harm.

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Monday, June 13 (2-3 p.m. Eastern) – Webinar: Ensuring Stakeholder and Family/Consumer Engagement in Organizational Oversight of Community Behavioral Health Services

This webinar will explore how organizations can incorporate consumer, family and community perspectives in organizational decision making and the role states can have to encourage behavioral health organizations to include consumers, families and community partners perspectives’ in governance and decision making through formal and informal mechanisms. Speakers will discuss effective outreach, approaches for engagement, potential challenges and barriers, and tactics to solicit and utilize valuable feedback.

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ICYMI! Geriatric-Competent Care - Caring for Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease Webinar Series

Developed by The American Geriatrics Society, in collaboration with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, The Lewin Group, and Community Catalyst, this reprise webinar series is designed to help health professionals in all settings and disciplines expand their knowledge and skills in the unique aspects of caring for older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and in working with their caregivers. Continuing Medical Education/Continuing Education credit is available for these webinars at no cost to the participants. Please contact RIC@lewin.com with any questions.

Tuesday, June 14 (12-1:30 p.m. Eastern) – Webinar: Presentation and Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease

This webinar presents core competencies needed for the assessment and diagnosis of cognitive impairment in older adults. Primary care providers can, in most cases, accurately assess cognitive changes. Common clinical case presentations of memory problems are subtle in onset with a lack of patient awareness. Normal age-related changes in memory may be misdiagnosed as dementia. The prevalence of dementia in late life is age-related, increasing particularly after age 85. The different causes of dementia include vascular disease and Lewy body dementia, with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) the most common cause for late-life progressive cognitive decline. The assessment process includes a careful history, physical examination, functional, cognitive, and social/economic assessments, and selected laboratory and radiological tests. Effectively communicating the diagnosis to patients and their family/caregivers is a critical part of the diagnostic process.

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Thursday, June 30 (12-1:30 p.m. Eastern) – Webinar:  After the Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease: Preparing the Patient and Caregivers

This webinar presents core competencies in delivering primary care to individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or related dementias. The clinical presentation of AD and the rate of progression vary among affected individuals, but early-, middle- and late-stage disease result in distinctive symptoms and challenges for the affected individual, family/caregivers and the clinical team. The overall goal of a patient-centered treatment plan is to enhance quality-of-life; maximize functional ability; and maintain or improve cognition, mood and behavior. The webinar will discuss innovative, team-based care models that are demonstrating improved outcomes for those with AD and their families.

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There will be two more webinars presented later this summer as part of this series. Registration information for these webinars will be provided in The Dual Agenda when it becomes available.

Tuesday July 19  (12-1:30pm Eastern) – Care Transitions to and from the Hospital for Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease

Thursday August 4 (12-1:30pm Eastern) – Understanding and Responding to Behavioral Symptoms among Individuals with Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias

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