Who is the 'House MD to Follow' at Nursing Facilities?-Summary

Good morning all,

Thank you again for taking the time to come together last week to discuss how we can cooperate on improving SNF medical care. Our first meeting showed a lot of energy, and I think we accomplished a lot!

The approach with this group will be to use periodic meetings to promote the concerns of individuals and see if there is a consensus area of need. Between meetings, we hope to work with you and others outside this group to turn good ideas into progress. We will reach out to you individually, and I encourage you to also use this network to make your voice heard and to contribute.

What we discussed:
- Improving handoffs from the hospital (streamlining discharge summaries)
- Improving handoffs to the ED (using INTERACT program)
- The INTERACT Program in general
- Medical records interoperability/ the UHIN
- The general desperation to find nursing home physicians and nurse practitioners
- Educational opportunities:
"Pain Management in the SNF: Quality Measures and QAPI for Medical Directors":
7 to 8:45 AM on Oct 1, 2015 at South Towne Exposition Ctr, 9575 S. State St, Sandy

Near-term action items from the meeting:
- Improve networking through sharing contacts
- Assess discharge summary transmission gaps both from the SNF and hospital perspective
- Explore the interest of the ED working with INTERACT forms coming out of SNFs
- Promote education on SNF-relevant topics

Membership in UGS:
Please support elders and the work of geriatric clinicians in Utah by joining the Utah Geriatric Society (UGS).
You can go to the website to complete your membership form and pay dues: www.utahags.org
- Your involvement is crucial!

The UGS Annual Meeting at the Alta Club:
If you decide to join UGS, please join us for dinner on October 18 at 5:30 PM at the Alta Club

We are tentatively planning to meet again in early April 2016.
Stay tuned for other developments before then.

Please see the attached Excel directory of SNF providers. If you have additional contact information for people on this list, please share it if you can. If you do not want to be on this directory, please let me know.

Again, thank you for a successful meeting! With your continued support, I know that we can improve care in this under-recognized area.

Best regards,

Michael Galindo, MD
Utah Geriatrics Society