Webinar for Healthcare Professionals: Evaluation and Management of Behaviors in Persons with Cognitive Impairment

A hospice aide helps a patient put on a shirt

Thursday, August 29, 2019

1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT

The inclusion of antipsychotic measures in Star Quality Rating calculations for nursing homes has increased scrutiny of administration of these drugs.

This webinar equips clinicians and healthcare professionals in nursing homes, hospitals and community settings with important education about non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic management of dementia-related behaviors.

Attendees will understand guiding principles, side effects and health-related outcomes, and will be able to optimize symptom management for patients with:

  • Delirium
  • Terminal restlessness
  • Dementia-related agitation and aggression

Earn one continuing education hour with this free webinar. To earn CE credit, attendees must view the webinar in its entirety, complete an online, post-event evaluation and download their own CE certificate. Participants must register and sign in to the live webinar using the same email address.

Evaluation and Management of Behaviors in Persons with Cognitive Impairment

Featured VITAS Expert

Joseph Shega, MD

Senior Vice President, National Medical Director, VITAS Healthcare

Joe Shega MDJoseph Shega, MD, joined VITAS Healthcare in 2013 as medical director, but he has been caring for, studying and teaching about geriatric patients and end-of-life care since 1999. He came to VITAS with a mission: to improve access to hospice services for underserved populations.

“That includes not only ethnic minorities,” he says, “but patients not traditionally served by hospice who would benefit from it, like end-stage renal disease patients receiving dialysis, heart failure patients receiving inotropic support and advanced cancer patients with conflicting goals.”

In addition, Dr. Shega’s focus is on the care transition to hospice and palliative care as a way to meet the goals of all stakeholders. “Patients benefit from a better quality of life, improved symptom management and an opportunity to age in place.” Dr. Shega explains. “Hospitals garner improvements in quality metrics, including decreased ED wait times via increased throughput, along with a reduction in hospital readmissions.”

As a regional medical director for VITAS programs in Florida, Georgia and Alabama, Dr. Shega oversees the medical care and treatment of VITAS patients in their homes, nursing homes, assisted living communities, personal care homes and inpatient units, supervising and working closely with the VITAS physicians in those programs.

He is board certified in geriatrics and hospice and palliative medicine. He chairs the Ethics Committee for the American Geriatrics Society and serves on the Quality Committee for the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Prior to joining VITAS, Dr. Shega was an associate professor of medicine at the University of Chicago in geriatrics and palliative medicine. He worked as a primary care physician for 13 years on Chicago’s South Side, providing inpatient geriatric and palliative medicine consults, inpatient palliative care, nursing home care, outpatient geriatrics, home visits and hospice services. He also evaluated and managed patients with memory disorders from diagnosis to the end of life.

Dr. Shega completed medical school at Northwestern University in Chicago, residency in internal medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and a geriatrics fellowship at University of Chicago. The father of twins, Dr. Shega enjoys spending time with family, playing tennis, swimming and running.

This activity is approved for one continuing education credit hour for Registered Nurses and Certified Case Managers. Licensed Nursing Home Administrators in the State of Florida only may also receive one hour of continuing education credit. Social Workers from the states of Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Missouri, New Jersey and Texas who participate in this course will also receive one hour of continuing education credit. Attendance for the entire online webinar, as well as completion of a brief online evaluation, is required. Certifications are made available after completion.

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