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Friday, March 23 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
FR24 | Managing Heart Failure Patients in Skilled Nursing Facilities: Addressing the Complex Cardiovascular Disease, and Knowing When and how to Incorporate Palliative Care (AGS/AMDA Joint Session)

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This session will provide attendees with an in-depth understanding of the issues affecting the care of patients with heart failure in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). It is intended to provide attendees with expert insight into improving quality of care provided to this complex subset of patients. The speakers will review the clinical factors contributing to poor outcomes among these patients, provide insight into optimizing the medical management, and developing algorithms of care for these patients within their goals of care and expected discharge status, and discuss the indications, importance, and emerging use of palliative care and hospice consultation to patients with advanced/end stage heart failure.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Describe the SNF patient with CVD as a distinct high-risk patient with significantly increased morbidity, mortality, and risk for hospital readmission, and the importance of providing high quality care to these patients in the current regulatory environment.
(2) Discuss principles of cardiovascular disease management within the context of multimorbidity and goal directed patient care in the skilled nursing facility setting.
(3) Explain the need and methods for developing algorithms of care for complex heart failure patients in the SNF setting to improve patient outcomes, quality, and value of care.
(4) Discuss the importance of utilizing palliative care in patients with advanced heart failure in the SNF setting.
(5) Review the principles guiding patient selection for palliative care consultation, and medical management for refractory symptoms related to cardiovascular disease.

avatar for Nicole Orr, MD

Nicole Orr, MD

Nicole Orr, MD, FACC, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at Tufts University School of Medicine, and the founder and president of Post Acute Cardiology Care, LLC. She serves both as a staff cardiologist and consultant to several skilled nursing facilities... Read More →
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Rebecca Boxer, MD

Rebecca Boxer, MD, is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Divisions of Geriatric Medicine and Cardiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She is presently the principal investigator of a randomized controlled trial of heart failure disease management in skilled... Read More →

Friday March 23, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm MST
Ft. Worth 5-7
  Clinical Medicine