Donna Thorson 
HealthInsight Nevada 


Wednesday October 3, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM PDT

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Optimize Prescribing and Avoid Adverse Drug Events in Elderly Patients 

 Hosted by HealthInsight Nevada

In partnership with the QIOs in

AK, CO, HI, KS, MN, MT, NE, NM, SD, UT, & WY


Presented by

 James Mittelberger, MD MPH CMD FCAP

  • Identify physiologic changes with aging that put older patients at risk for Adverse Drug Events
  • Identify the four of the most dangerous classes of medications for elderly patients and actions to decrease the risks of:
    • Anticoagulants
    • Hypoglycemic medications including insulin
    • Antipsychotic medications
    • Other "inappropriate" medications 
  • Describe the special medication risks associated with transitions and nonadherence for elderly and best practices to reduce these risks  
  • Explain the importance of the current Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' initiative to reduce inappropriate use of antipsychotics in skilled nursing facilities