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  • 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 

  • 7 Apr 2020 2:52 PM | Sing Palat (Administrator)

    COVID-19 Update Q&A

    12n - 1 PM via Zoom

    COVID update slides 4_6_2020.pptx / COVID Update Q and A.pdf 

    CMDA COVID Update Zoom Recording - Audio and Video

    CMDA COVID Update Zoom Recording - Audio only


    1. Introduction and new meeting format for all future meeting during the COVID 19 pandemic

    - All meetings will be held on Zoom only, participants can also call in

    - Future meetings will be 12-1 PM

    - In the future we will have both COVID 19 updates and other medical education topics

    2. A HUGE congratulations to Dr. Fred Feinsod for being awarded the AMDA Medical Director of the Year! We are profoundly grateful for all his work and leadership!    Congratulations, Dr. Keith Rapp for being awarded  the  AMDA William Dodd Founder's Award. 

    3. COVID 19 in PA/LTC and Best Practices - Dr. Swati Guar, Dr. Clay Watson, Dr. Greg Gahm

  • 8 Jan 2020 10:11 PM | Sing Palat (Administrator)

    January 7, 2020 Agenda for CMDA.docx / Osteomyelitis.pptx  / Jan 7 Minutes.docx


    1.         Introductions

    2.         CDPHE / CHCA Update

    3.     Osteomyelitis Insights - Clayton Foster MD

    4.     Monitoring opioid use in residents with chronic, non-malignant pain - Eric Woods PharmD

    -        How to figure out Morphine Meq

    5.     AMDA Delegate opportunity at the Annual Meeting, April 2-5, 2020

    6.     Flu Update - Greg Gahm MD

    7.     Next Month: Ultra Brief Screener for Delirium Superimposed on Dementia: An Article Review -  Allison Villegas PA

  • 3 Dec 2019 9:59 PM | Sing Palat (Administrator)

    Agenda:  CMDA 12.3 (1).docx/  Parkinson's Disease: CMDA2019 (1).pdf / Telligen-fact-sheet-2019.pdf 


    1. Introductions

    2. CDPHE / CHCA Update

    3. Introduction of the State Ombudsman - Leah McMahon

    4. Telligen Update “Good News!” -  Christine LaRocca MD

    5. Parkinson’s disease Pearls - Nora Reznickova MD

    6. Flu Update - Greg Gahm MD

    7. Annual Meeting Review - Allison Villegas PA and Leslie Eber MD

    8. Trauma informed care - Kathleen Bickel, MD, MPhil, MS

  • 14 Nov 2019 8:38 PM | Sing Palat (Administrator)

    Antibiotic Resistance Audio.m4a / Antimicrobial Resistance.pdf / PsychPharm_instructions copy.pdf / psychPharm Tracking Tool Dementia Partnership.pdf / Dementia_Partnership_Card-2018PDF copy.pdf

    Recording of Antimicrobial Resistance presentation by Travis Neill PA-C:


    1.     Introductions

    2.     CDPHE / CHCA Update

    3.     Antimicrobial Resistance - The Biggest Threat Nobody is Talking About - Travis Neill PA

    4.     Sociobehavioral Approaches to Antimicrobial Stewardship - Sarah Volk Pharm.D., BCIDP

    5.     Colorado Dementia Partnership Update: Facility antipsychotic patient and family letter, psychotropic pharmacy meeting toolkit and RESPOND card -Leslie Eber MD

    6.     Flu Update - Greg Gahm MD

    7.     Annual Meeting Review - Do we want one breakout session in the afternoon- Allison Villegas PA and Leslie Eber MD

    8.     Futures Program - deadline November 11, 2019 - Sing Palat MD

  • 12 Oct 2019 10:02 PM | Sing Palat (Administrator)

    jamainternal_De-adoption of urine cultures (1).pdf / I Vote Too.pptx  /  Hill Day 2019.pdf / Census for Group living Quarters.pdf /   AdvanceCarePlanningCMS.pdf / Advance Care Planning Documentation.pdf / Minutes 2019 Oct 1.docx



    1.     Introductions

    2.     CDPHE / Ombudsman / CHCA Update

    3.     Advance Care Planning: How to have the conversation - Travis Neill PA-C

    4.     “I Vote Too” - Jennifer Levin

    5.     Identifying opportunities for specialty care collaboration to improve patient care and prevent hospitalization (survey will be emailed) - Matt Griffith, MD, MPH

    6.     Information about the 2020 Census and LTC - Kristian Blessington

    7.     AMDA update on Hill Day: Advocating for PA/LTC in Washington DC - Leslie Eber MD

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