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  • 2 Feb 2021 1:23 PM | Sing Palat (Administrator)


    1. Updates: CHCA, Erin Thomas and CDPHE, Jo Tansey

    2. AMDA’s updated Choosing Wisely, The top pearls for practice in PA/LTC: 1-15 - Allison Villegas PA-C

    3. Outreach and Implementation of Novel Monoclonal Antibodies for COVID-19: Opportunity with University of Colorado - Dr. Matt Wynia 

    4. CMDA Bylaws update- Dr. Sing Palat

    5. The CMDA Annual conference April 23, 2021: We will go virtual! - Dr. Leslie Eber and Dr. Sing Palat

    Remember: AMDA Podcasts are available for free at


    Opportunity to join a new AHRQ ECHO National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network cohort (16-week ECHO series): Monday 12-1:30 PM, to register use  this link:

    JAMA COVID 19 Variant update JAMA COVID 19 Variants.pdf

    CDPHE HAN: Quarantine Recommendations after COVID-19 Vaccination 

    01272021 HAN Advisory - Correction_.pdf

    Understanding SARS-CoV-2 Genetic Variants JAMA podcast

    ECHO COVID-19 Vaccine in Post-acute and Long-term Care: Answers to Your Questions Webinar (One-hour webinar) Monday, February 1 12:00 - 1:00 PM MT, Register using the link below:

    JAMA:  Risk Factors Associated With All-Cause 30-Day Mortality in Nursing Home Residents With COVID-19

    JAMAinternal medicine risk factors for COVID 19 mortality in nursing homes.pdf

    Telligen: COVID-19 in LTC Office Hours with Dr. Renee Marquardt: Vaccinations are Underway - What Next? February 11, 2021 Time: 1-2pm, register with link below:

     University of Colorado Department of Medicine: Implications of Genetic Variants of SARS-CoV-2: The Worrying Prospect of a New Pandemic Phase, presentation by Eric Poeschla, MD, Tim Gill professor of medicine, head of the Division of Infectious Diseases. The link is below.

    AMDA Choosing Wisely

    AMDA 15 Choosing Wisely.pdf

    CMDA updated Bylaws, will vote on the updated version next month

    updated CMDA Bylaws amendments 9.3.20.docx

  • 5 Jan 2021 12:25 PM | Sing Palat (Administrator)

    Meeting recording:


    1. Updates: Erin Thomas and Jo Tansey
    2. COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics in PA/LTC - Update and Pearls for a successful clinic -Dr. Sing Palat and Dr. Leslie Eber
    3. Monoclonal Antibody treatment in PA/LTC: Utilization of the SPEED program - Dr. Eric France, Chief Medical Officer of CDPHE
    4. The CMDA Annual conference 2021: We will go virtual on April 23, 2021

    AMDA Choosing Wisely

    AMD 15 Choosing Wisely.pdf

    Colorado HAN: COVID-19 UPDATE - Variant Detected in Colorado | December 30, 2020

    12302020 HAN Update - COVID19 Varian.pdf

    CMDA updated Bylaws, will vote on the updated version next month

    updated CMDA Bylaws amendments 9.3.20.docx

    Caring for the ages article: Leadership, Advocacy, and Communication in Crisis: COVID-19 and Beyond

    Leadership, Advocacy, and Communication in Crisis- Caring for the ages.pdf


    CDHPE Website and guidance for Monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID 19

  • 2 Dec 2020 1:40 PM | Sing Palat (Administrator)

    Meeting recording:

    CMDA December 1, 2020 Virtual Meeting Agenda

    Noon – 1:00 PM

    COVID 19 vaccine hesitancy version 6 (1).pptx  /  Telehealth CMDA 12_2020.pptx

      1. Updates: Erin Thomas and Jo Tansey

      2. Telehealth Tips for Long Term Care Teams - Dr. Cari Levy 

      3. Vaccine Hesitancy and Education- Dr. Leslie Eber

      4. The CMDA Annual conference 2021: We will go virtual, April 23, 2021

    Colorado COVID 19 vaccine phased distribution approach is below

    Colorado Vaccine phases.png

    The COVID 19 Vaccine distribution for Long Term Care staff in Colorado can be received via 3 Options:

    1. Staff, including providers and medical directors can get vaccinated as part of the 1A phase at specific locations around the state (more details to follow)

    2. Staff can get vaccinated at a facility that has chosen to become a COVID vaccine provider. Facilities can still enroll to be a provider if they can meet the requirements for storage, handling and reporting and must complete the application by 11/30/20. 

    Requirements are here:

    Information to enroll as a COVID 19 vaccine provider is here:

    3. Staff can be vaccinated later in the 1C phase with the residents at the facility (via CVS/Walgreens or their own pharmacy, which ever the facility has chosen)

    IT is STRONGLY suggested that all staff and medial providers get their COVID 19 Vaccine as part of 1A so they are protected as Soon As Possible. 

    Remember: AMDA Podcasts are available for free at

    Attachments; Zoom recording of Dr. Lea Watson’s telligen presentation on COVID Fatigue (A must view)

    CDC guidance on Testing and Management Considerations for Nursing Home Residents with Acute Respiratory Illness Symptoms when SARS-CoV-2 and Influenza Viruses are Co-circulating,

    JAMA Answering Key Questions About COVID-19 Vaccines

    JAMA Vaccine education.pdf

    JAMA COVID 19 and mRNA Vaccines

    JAMA mRNA vaccines.pdf


    amended public health order 11.20.20.pdf

    CDHPE guidance on visitation 11/19/20

    Mandatory Visitation Requirements for Residential Care Facilities (1).docx

    CDPHE updated Preparation and rapid response checklist for residential care facilities 11/12/20

    COVID-19 LTCF Checklist_CDPHE_111220 .pdf

  • 11 Nov 2020 3:42 PM | Sing Palat (Administrator)

    one little pathogen.pptx

    Click here for Meeting Recording       Passcode: *YUtR&7h


       1. Updates: Ann Kokish and Jo Tansey

       2. Honoring the incredible work of Ann Kokish upon her retirement

       3. “1 little, 2 little, 3 little pathogens: how to differentiate COVID, FLU, RSV” - Dr. Clay Watson

       4. Flu update 2020 - Dr. Greg Gahm

  • 9 Oct 2020 7:32 AM | Sing Palat (Administrator)
    Zoom meeting recording


    1. Updates: Ann Kokish and Jo Tansey
    2. Covid and the State of Long Term Care:  Doug Farmer President & CEO, Colorado Health Care Association
    3. Dementia Partnership tools for Staff support and selfcare - Dr. Leslie Eber
    4. Flu update 2020 - Dr. Greg Gahm

  • 2 Sep 2020 5:38 PM | Sing Palat (Administrator)

    Moral Distress and Injury CMDA 9_1_2020.pptx / Strike Force Stakeholder Meetings.pdf / Excellence in Caregiving Nomination Form 2020.pdf / Caregiving Award Letter to Nominators 2020 (1).pdf

    Recording of Meeting


    1. Updates: Ann Kokish and Jo Tansey
    2. Moral Distress during COVID 19: Alexandra Donovan Board Certified Chaplain, Compassus Hospice & UCHealth
    3. COVID 19 Residential Care Strike Force brief update: Leslie Eber MD CMD and Greg Gahm MD
    4.  Journal Club This Thursday 12:30 - 1:00, COVID Vaccines, Convalescent Serum and Antigen Testing
    5. CMDA Annual Conference will be held on April 23, 2021 Virtually. More information to follow
    6. Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado presents the “George and Pat Sugerman Excellence in Caregiving Award”

  • 19 Aug 2020 8:21 PM | Sing Palat (Administrator)

    Meeting notesPanel Slides



       CMDA August 4, 2020 Virtual Meeting Agenda

    Noon – 1:00 PM


        1. Updates: Ann Kokish and Jo Tansey

        2. Novel Experiences of Coronavirus Outbreaks in Colorado: A Medical Directors Panel

           Panelists: Joyce Mobley, MD, Reza Esfahani, DO, Rebecca Jackson, DO, Karyn Leible, MD CMD

           Moderator Sing Palat MD CMD

        3. COVID 19 Residential Care Strike Force brief update: Leslie Eber MD CMD and Greg Gahm MD

  • 9 Jul 2020 8:20 PM | Sing Palat (Administrator)

    IV Fluids in LTC / Business meeting / Surveillance Testing & Guidance


    1. Fluid replacement in the Long-Term care Setting- Dr. Zoran Lesic

    2. CMDA business meeting and financial update- Dr. Sing Palat

    3. CMDA Elections - Dr. Greg Gahm 


                   President - Leslie Eber, MD CMD

                  Vice President- Sing Palat, MD CMD

                             Education Coordinator- Galin Hartsuiker, PA

                             Annual Meeting Coordinator + Liaison to Community- Allison Villegas, PA

                             Treasurer- Travis Neill, PA

    Important Strike Force/CDPHE document on Residential Care Setting Surveillance Testing Strategy & Guidance. Please note:

       - If your facility has not been contacted you can still get help with testing

       -Testing includes all providers going to the facility and recommends engagement with the facility Medical Director

        - Please circulate to your Colleagues. 

  • 24 Jun 2020 11:11 AM | Sing Palat (Administrator)

    Minutes CMDA 6_2_20 Monthly Meeting (1).docx / Nursing Home Training Call Presentation_05-28-2020_FNL_508.pdf / CMS Nursing Home Reopening Recommendations.pdf / COVID-CAREs Survey and Enforcement Memo-FINAL CLEAN.pdf / Antibiotic Stewardship During A Viral Pandemic (1) (1).pdf


    1. No Matter How Popular Antibiotics Get, They Will Never Go Viral - Travis Neill PA-C
    2. Update from CHCA on Recommendations for Facilities and Medical Directors for COVID 19 - Ann Kokish, Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Affairs Colorado Health Care Association
    3. An Update on Regulatory Changes and Expectations in Colorado for PA/LTC in a Time of COVID 19 - Jo Tansey, Nursing Facilities Section Manager, Acute and Nursing Facilities Branch
    4. Questions from participants
    5. CMDA Elections will be held during the July 7th Meeting. Leslie Eber, Sing Palat, Allison Villegas and Travis Neill will all be running for re- election. Nominations should be emailed to Dr. Greg Gahm at

  • 6 May 2020 2:11 PM | Sing Palat (Administrator)
    May 5, 2020 Virtual Meeting Agenda
    Noon – 1:00 PM
    For theMay 5th Virtual meetingwe have two experts that will be presenting for 15 minutes each
    then we will open for 30 minutes of questions. Our two experts are Christopher Czaja MD, MPH,
    Infectious Disease specialist with CDPHE and Lea Watson MD, MPH, Geriatric Psychiatrist,
    Behavioral Health Consultant and Educator for the LTC community.
    Christopher Czaja MD will be presenting on the latest data regarding the epidemiology of
    COVID-19 with a focus on LTC. Examples of questions that Dr. Czaja will address:
    ●What are the latest numbers of infections and deaths in LTC?
    ●What is our current understanding of how it spreads and the incubation period?
    ●Why do we think the COVID-19 infection presents in so many as asymptomatic and in
    others as deadly?
    ●What are the predictions about a 2nd or 3rd wave?
    ●Is there a re-infection risk?
    ●Where are we with antibody testing for LTC staff and providers?
    ●Can residents leave their rooms using infection control practices if they are asymptomatic?
    Lea Watson MD will be presenting on the behavioral health effects of COVID-19 with a focus
    on staff and providers coping with stress during this crisis. Examples of questions Dr.
    Watson will address:
    ●How do we prioritize caring for patients and caring for ourselves?
    ●What are some strategies for coping with a crisis on multiple fronts at once?
    ●Is there such a thing as emotional PPE?
    ●What is trauma informed care and how can we use it to cope with a crisis that is not going
    away anytime soon?
    ●What are some self care strategies

    Q&A Summary/   Self Care and Leadership - Watson Slides   /  Epidemiology COVID-19 in Colorado - Czaja Slides 

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