2015 AGS Annual Fall Meeting

The 2015 AGS Annual Fall Meeting was held on November 18.2015 at the Alta Club. It was a well attended event. Dr. Gerald Rothstein received the first UGS Geriatric Advocate of the Year Award. This was followed by the night's guest speaker, Dr. Dot Verbrugge, the Medical Director of Select Health, who gave a talk on Medicare Health Care Financing, specifically Medicare Advantage Plans.

Welcome Speech 2015 AGS Fall Meeting

Thank you all for attending our yearly UGS Meeting. This is the only time of the year when we as geriatricians have a chance to meet and discuss issues related to our work in caring for our geriatric patients.

The UGS was incorporated in 2009 and became an affiliate of the AGS in 2010 this would be our 6th year. Generally there are five stages as to an organizations life cycle
Stage one existence
Stage two survival
Stage three maturity
Stage four renewal
Stage five decline

AGS COSAR Minutes of Meeting

The most recent AGS-COSAR ( Council of State Affiliate Representatives ) meeting was held as a telephone conference on October 9, 2015. The following is an outline.

Election Announcement

We are pleased to announce our newly elected incoming officers. Dr. Michael Galindo has been formally elected for the position of Vice-President/ President Elect and Kim Dansie has been formally elected for the position of Secretary-Treasurer.

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!

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

The Special Forum, "Who is the 'House MD to Follow' at Nursing Facilities?" was held on August 31 at Snowbird Resort, immediately following the day's program at the Rocky Mountain Geriatrics Conference.
The forum was presided by Dr. Michael Galindo and was attended by individuals representing different disciplines in Nursing Home Care. Of note was the presence of Dr. Sarah Woolsey, the Medical Director for Health Insight a private, non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to improving health and health care.

Mid Year UGS Review

It is the middle of the year and I find it useful to review our status and performance so far.
At the beginning of the year, we had a strategic meeting to lay out our goals and plans,

Utah Million Hearts Workshop

To our UGS Members,

Health Insight an Quality Improvement Organization here in Utah is holding a Hypertension Seminar on June 17. Please let me know if you are interested. I am passing along to you the message I got from Sarah Woolsey. End of Registration is on May 29. I think they have provided one spot for us.

Butch Abueg


Thoughts on the 2015 Annual AGS Meeting

I believe that conferences are only as useful as to the extent that you can put what you have learned into practice. This year's conference was shorter in terms of the number for days and yet there were a few aspects of the conference that made me feel I got my money's worth. The one thing that impressed me the most was the the Public Policy Lecture which was conducted by decision makers who work within Medicare, two of whom were Geriatricians.