Geriatric Competent Care Webinar Series – 2017 and 2018

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare®

CMS and the Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office (MMCO) announced two (2) upcoming webinars designed to promote competent geriatric care. Also announced is the availability to access the 2017 Geriatric Competent Care Webinar series.

Both the current year’s webinars as well as last year’s series provide continuing education credits for participants and are free of charge. I encourage you to share this information with your team and fellow healthcare professionals and take advantage of the series. There is a lot of good information regarding:

  • Medication use
  • Substance disorders
  • Advance care of dual-eligible enrollees with dementia
  • Other causes of progressive dementia
  • Diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s Disease
  • Involving/supporting family caregivers in care planning and delivery
  • Interdisciplinary care teams for older adults

Geriatric Competent Care 2018 Webinar Series
The 2018 Geriatric-Competent Care Webinar Series is designed to help health professionals and stakeholders in all settings and disciplines to expand their knowledge and skills in the unique aspects of caring for older adults and in working with their caregivers.  Continuing Education (CE) credits can be earned by joining the webinars.

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Safe and Effective Use of Medications in Older Adults
Date/Time: April 18, 2018, 12:00-1:30PM EST
Beneficiaries dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid have on average, a 25 percent higher rate of chronic conditionsthan beneficiaries who are not dually eligible.  Dually eligible beneficiaries also tend to use a variety of medications and have higher Medicare Part D prescription drug costs than Medicare-only beneficiaries.  This interactive webinar will provide an overview of these critically important issues related to older adults.  In addition, the need for management and coordination among the care team members and the beneficiary will be described.  Participants will also learn about effective strategies to empower individuals and their families to manage multiple medications to maintain their health.

Managing Older Adults with Substance Use Disorders
Date/Time: May 16, 2018, 12:00-1:30PM EST
Substance use disorders (SUD) are a significant public health concern for the growing population of older adults.  By 2020, the number of older adults with SUD in the United States is expected to rise from 2.8 million in 2002-2006 to 5.7 million3.  Further, beneficiaries dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid experience co-occurring SUD and chronic pain at rates nearly twice as high as beneficiaries with Medicare only4, putting dually eligible beneficiaries at increased risk.  This webinar will describe substance use disorder (SUD) screening tools, how to effectively diagnose SUD, and available treatment resources. Speakers will also discuss the need for care coordination for older adults affected by SUD.

Intended Audience:
This webinar is intended for a wide range of stakeholders –providers and health care professionals, and front-line staff at social services agencies, Medicare-Medicaid plans, Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans (D-SNPs), managed long-term services and supports programs and consumer organizations.

CE Credit Information:
Continuing Education (CE) credit from CMS’ Learning Management System will be available at no cost to webinar attendees.  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) – CMS is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized by IACET to offer CEUs.  Continuing Education credits are also being offered to participants who meet all criteria for successful completion of this educational activity from the American Geriatrics Society.

2017 Geriatric Competent Care Webinar Continuing Education Credits and Resources
Resources for Integrated Care invites you to view the webinars in the 2017 Geriatric-Competent Care webinar series.  Continuing Education Units (CEU) from CMS’ Learning Management System are available for most of the webinars at no additional cost to participants.  The 2017 Geriatric-Competent Care webinar series is designed to empower health professionals in all settings and disciplines to expand their knowledge and skills in the unique aspects of caring for older adults and in working with family caregivers.  The webinar series incorporates promising practices, such as collaborative partnerships and person-centered care, which are critical for improving the health outcomes of individuals dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.  The webinars are also available as individual podcasts on the Resources for Integrated Cares SoundCloud page at  This series features the following webinars and supporting resources:

Webinar 1: Applying Promising Practices to Advance Care of Medicare-Medicaid Enrollees with Dementia
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Resource guides on managing behaviors associated with dementia are also available for caregivers and healthcare professionals, and can be found here:

Webinar 2: Beyond Alzheimer’s Disease – Other Causes of Progressive Dementia in the Older Adult
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Webinar 3: Diagnosis and Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease
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A Q&A document and supplemental resource guide for supporting individuals with PD and their caregivers are also available at the following links:

Webinar 4: Involving and Supporting Family Caregivers in Care Planning and Delivery
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A supplemental resource guide for supporting family caregivers is also available here:

Webinar 5: Interdisciplinary Care Teams for Older Adults
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