Geriatric-Competent Care Webinar Series

Since 2014, Community Catalyst, in collaboration with The Lewin Group and the American Geriatrics Society - and sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office - has organized a series of Geriatric-Competent Care webinars. These webinars are intended to help health professionals in all settings and disciplines expand their knowledge and skills in the unique aspects of caring for older adults and in working with their caregivers. They are geared toward frontline community partners and delivery staff such as care managers, member service representatives, and home care providers. Each webinar includes subject matter experts who introduce the specific topic and provide case examples of how interdisciplinary care teams address the particular issue.

Geriatrics-Competent Care: Introduction to Geriatrics Competent Care

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

This first webinar presents universal competencies that are fundamental to quality geriatrics care across disciplines and care settings.

Geriatrics-Competent Care: Geriatric Assessment

Thursday, August 28, 2014

This second webinar presents an interdisciplinary geriatric assessment, which can promote older adults’ wellness and independence and maintain or improve their functional status and quality of life by considering physical, cognitive, psychological, and social domains.

Presentation and Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

This webinar presents core competencies needed for the assessment and diagnosis of cognitive impairment in older adults. Common clinical case presentations of memory problems are subtle in onset, often with a lack of patient awareness, which can result in under-diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and a delay in care management. In addition, normal age-related changes in memory may be mis-diagnosed as dementia. The prevalence of dementia in late life is age-related, increasing particularly after age 85.

After the Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease: Preparing the Patient and Caregivers

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Thursday, June 30, 2016 

This webinar presents core competencies in delivering primary care to individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or related dementias.

Care Transitions to and from the Hospital for Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

Thursday, October 29, 2015
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

This webinar presents some of the core competencies on how to best prepare and ease the difficulties surrounding care transitions, particularly to and from a hospital environment. A transition of care is defined as moving from one practitioner or setting to another as condition and care needs change and is usually accompanied by a change in care plan. This transition can take place within settings (e.g. within the home care team), between settings (e.g. between a hospital and home) and across health states (e.g. curative and palliative care).

Understanding and Responding to Behavioral Symptoms among Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 
Thursday August 4, 2016

This webinar presents some of the core competencies most fundamental to understanding and managing behavioral symptoms associated with the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Applying Promising Practices to Advance Care of Medicare-Medicaid Enrollees with Dementia

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The care of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias presents unique challenges to all settings of the health care delivery system. This webinar emphasizes: 1) Presentation of the business case for a dementia capable delivery model of care; 2) Review of key components of an effective care model, and 3) Interventions implemented within two state capitated financial alignment model demonstrations.

How Managed Long-Term Services and Supports Can Help Family Caregivers

Thursday, April 27, 2017 

Family caregivers are an integral component of the care team making it possible for their family member to live at home rather than in an institutional setting. However, their unpaid assistance- that in 2013 amounted to around 37 billion hours - can take a toll on their physical and emotional health.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 12:00pm

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive degenerative disorder of the central nervous system mainly affecting the motor system or a person’s movement. Early in the course of the disease, the most obvious symptoms are movement related (e.g., shaking, rigidity, difficulty walking). Later, thinking and behavioral problems may arise, with dementia commonly occurring in the advanced stages of the disease, often with Lewy Bodies, and depression is the most common psychiatric symptom. Other symptoms may include sensory, sleep and emotional problems.

Involving and Supporting Family Caregivers in Care Planning and Delivery

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Family caregivers are an integral part of the care planning process and care experience for older adults. Over half of family caregivers assist with at least one activity of daily living, and are increasingly being tasked with managing difficult medical procedures and equipment, overseeing medications, monitoring side effects, and navigating complex health and long-term services and supports (LTSS) systems. Often, they are providing these services without training, needed information, or support.

Interdisciplinary Care Teams for Older Adults

Thursday, December 7, 2017

By working in a team of skilled professionals, interdisciplinary care teams (ICT) provide comprehensive assessment and management of care for older adults. Effective ICTs use a person-centered approach that prioritizes the individual’s needs. This webinar explains key members within ICTs and identify common challenges and best practices for ICTs working with older adults. Presenters also address the importance of clinical, psychosocial, long-term care, behavioral and community-based support for older adults, particularly Medicare-Medicaid beneficiaries.

Safe and Effective Use of Medications in Older Adults

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Beneficiaries dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid have on average, a 25 percent higher rate of chronic conditions than beneficiaries who are not dually eligible. Dually eligible beneficiaries also tend to use a variety of medications and have higher Medicare Part D prescription drug costs than Medicare-only beneficiaries.

Supporting Older Adults with Substance Use Disorders

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Substance use disorders (SUD) are a significant public health concern for the growing population of older adults. Beneficiaries dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid experience co-occurring SUD and chronic pain at rates nearly twice as high as Medicare-only beneficiaries, putting dually eligible beneficiaries at increased risk. SUD screening tools, effective diagnosis strategies, available treatment resources, and the need for care coordination for older adults affected by SUD will be discussed.

Promising Practices for Meeting the Behavioral Health Needs of Dually Eligible Older Adults

August 2, 2018

Twenty-five percent of adults in the United States who are 65 or older experience a behavioral health issue, yet only 3% of these individuals report seeking treatment from a behavioral health professional. Individuals 65 or older who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, in particular, have high rates of behavioral health conditions compared to beneficiaries with Medicare only. For example, among individuals 65 or older, 19% of dually eligible beneficiaries were diagnosed with a depressive disorder compared to 8% of Medicare-only beneficiaries, and 11% of dually eligible beneficiaries were diagnosed with an anxiety disorder compared to 6% of Medicare-only beneficiaries. This interactive webinar discusses common behavioral health conditions and related challenges among dually eligible older adults, identifies best practices for treatment options and care coordination, and demonstrates practical strategies for meeting beneficiary needs.

Person-Centered Approaches to Support People Dually Eligible for Medicare and Medicaid

September 6, 2018

Person-centered care is consistent with the values, needs, and desires of individuals and is achieved when providers and health plans involve individuals in healthcare discussions and decisions. A person-centered approach to healthcare and community-based services has potential to improve the quality of care, reduce costs, and address social determinants of health to create healthier communities. Individuals dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid have high rates of chronic conditions and long-term support needs, accounting for a disproportionately large share of Medicare and Medicaid expenditures. The strengths-based focus of person-centered approaches is especially helpful for managing chronic conditions and identifying long-term support needs. It can lower costs through integrating natural supports and community resources.

Palliative Care for Older Adults Dually Eligible for Medicare and Medicaid

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 

Older adults who are in the advanced stage of an illness or nearing the end of life may experience physical and emotional distress, fragmented care delivery, and barriers to effective communication. Palliative care aims to address physical, spiritual, social, and emotional needs; coordinate care delivery; improve quality of life; optimize function; and assist with decision-making. Strategies for skillful communication, recognition, and response to needs of beneficiaries and their families throughout the course of serious illness are addressed.

Falls Prevention for Older Adults

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 

Falls and their related complications are a major threat to independent living and are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries among adults over 65, particularly a high number of brain injuries. Falls are the number one cause of hospital admissions for injuries in older adults, and are responsible for increased use of medical services. This webinar provides an overview of the importance of falls assessment and falls prevention for older adults and their caregivers and offer concrete interventions and strategies for providers to improve mobility and prevent falls.

Delivering Dementia Capable Care Within Health Plans: Why and How?

Live Webinar Air Date: 
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Alzheimer’s disease, the most common type of dementia, affects an estimated 5.8 million Americans, is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., and is a leading cause of disability and poor health for older adults.[1] The emotional and physical burden of dementia is immense, not only for the individuals affected by it directly, but also for their families and caregivers. Furthermore, the cost of care for dementia is high for Medicare, Medicaid, and private payers. Individuals living with dementia have higher emergency department utilization and higher rates of 30-day readmissions than those without dementia.[2]

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