Conference To Address The Need Of The Aged
There was a huge gathering of professionals in healthcare sector recently in Los Angeles to address the most urgent healthcare needs of the nation - to meet the needs of a society wherein out of five, one will be 65 years or more of age in a decade. It is an acknowledged fact that there are gaps in the care meted out to the aging population of America.
During the Conference of Leadership and Management in Geriatrics (LMG), the MD Dan Osterweil said that the aim is to make it sure that quality healthcare for the aged is more efficient and at the same time less costly. In order to achieve that, Dan said that the healthcare professionals have to work out their skills in Leadership and Management in Geriatrics. Dan believes that presently, a "serious gap" exists among the physicians, nurses as well as assciated healthcare professionals in their professional developments in clinical as well as academic settings that concern with geriatric care. The conference was meant to bridge the gap through close contact between clinicians and leaders in the management of geriatrics. This way new approach would develop to meet the need of the society to create and manage geriatric clinics, services and practices.
The two day conference is being hosted by SCAN Health Plan. The conference is in its seventh year, and is held with a low participant-faculty ratio. Till date, 157 participants who have come from 19 states have participated in the program.
In this year, one of the important topics that came up for discussion was the ever increasing need and challenges that come while providing the American aged with long term care. The participants together developed strategies for practicing long term care and also noted quality indicators for community and institutional services for long term care.
In conformity to LMG, the participants at the conference are asked to identify leadership issue or worksite specific management they would like to address before the start of the conference. During the workshop, the participants get the chance to work in smaller groups along with a member of the faculty and develop an action plan that addresses the issue that they had undertaken. Then along with a mentor, they implement their plan and the lessons they have learnt. This way, the participants can truly learn the impact of the program and thus help to bring out better results from the conference.
Dan osterweill said that after the conference, participants are better equipped to apply their skills in management and leadership in their geriatric medicine practice. The participants learn ways to bring the web based technologies for solving problem as they work in collaboration, interpret the financial reports and also learn on ways to bring in the leadership role. These kinds of real life knowledge help them to succeed in giving better service to the patients and to their practice.
The sponsoring of the two-day conference is part of its effort to know the aging process better and also advocate the different needs of the seniors.
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