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The Post-Acute Care Symposium (PACS) is a CE-accredited 2-day program developed to provide practical information for clinical decision-makers addressed through four focused educational components. 

DAY 1 | Saturday, October 30, 2021

7:30 AM–9:00 AM

Industry-Supported Symposium Breakfast:
Improving Care Processes through Innovative Technologies and Cross-Continuum Team Collaboration

Presented by: Michele Carr RDN, DPM; Jeanine Maguire, MPT, CWS; Charleen Singh, PhD, MSN/ED, FNP-BC, CWOCN, RN

The transition from the acute care to post-acute care settings has emerged as an important priority to reduce avoidable rehospitalizations. An interprofessional panel will examine the impact of innovations in offloading, turning and positioning and dressing technologies to optimize wound prevention and management across the continuum of care. Participants will examine how to integrate caregiver engagement, cross-continuum team collaboration, evidence-based care and health information exchange to ensure that patients who have been discharged from the hospital have an ideal transition to the next care setting.

Supported by an educational grant from Mölnlycke Health Care

9:10 AM–9:30 AM

Welcome Remarks

Clinical Issues in PAC Practice

Moderated by: Catherine T. Milne

9:30 AM–10:15 AM

Care to Share? The Importance of Knowledge Transfer 

Presented by: Laurie McNichol

Well-oiled wound teams appear seamless, deliver consistent care, and obtain optimal outcomes for their patients. The essential process of improving workplace and colleague quality while simultaneously providing for patients in the fast-paced work environment can be a barrier for the experienced clinician. Discover the importance of knowledge transfer, how it is accomplished and why it should be incorporated into everyday practice.

10:15 AM–11:00 AM

Adverse Childhood Experiences and Wound Management: What’s the Link?

Presented by: Janice Beitz

Childhood is supposed to be filled with contentment and security. Unfortunately, childhood is not blissful for all.  Adverse childhood events (ACEs) ultimately can impact one’s later health, including the propensity to develop and heal a wound. Learn how to identify if an ACE may be influencing your patient’s wound response and other implications for practice.

11:00 AM–11:15 AM


11:15 AM–12:00 PM

Dermatology in Post-Acute Care

Presented by: David Wong

How often are you called to see a lesion or rash in your setting? Our colleagues see us as “skin experts” even though many of us are not Dermatologists. This session will explore common dermatological issues seen in the post-acute care setting and provide the best course of action.

12:00 PM–12:45 PM

Name That Post-Acute Wound

Presented by: Janice Beitz; Catherine T. Milne; Lee C. Ruotsi; David Wong

This interactive session will allow the audience to identify both common and some not-so-common wounds encountered in the Post-Acute Setting. Management and useful practice pointers will be shared.

12:45 PM–3:00 PM

Lunch with Exhibitors

 COVID-19 and Lessons Learned in the PAC Setting

Moderated by: Jeanine Maguire

3:00 PM–3:45 PM

Healing the Person or Healing the Wound? Life Goals in Wound Management 

Presented by: Diane L. Krasner; Jeanine Maguire; Lee C. Ruotsi

The general expected outcome of good wound care is wound healing, in fact, Medicare judges’ quality care based on healing of pressure injuries. However, is it possible that what it will take to get to healing could cause more suffering in older adults and that a palliative approach to wound care may be more appropriate? Is it possible that quality care should focus on what matters most to the whole person, rather than a clinical goal of solely healing the wound?

3:45 PM–4:30 PM

Biofilm... The ULTIMATE (Evil) Wound Team

Presented by: Martha R. Kelso; Jeanine Maguire; Catherine T. Milne

Great team building involves equity, inclusion, communication, self-care, learning and adapting. In this fun discussion, we will break down the basics of wound biofilm and explain how biofilms have achieved optimal teamwork and team resilience! Not only will you come away with a new respect for biofilms, but you will also have a new mental module for your own wound team. Albeit with different end goals

4:30 PM–5:00 PM

Lessons Learned in COVID: Using Technology to Triage-Forward the Care of a Wounded Person 

Presented by: Jeanine Maguire; David Wong

COVID-19 pushed innovation in post-acute care through a collaborative effort of policy changes, creative processes, and telehealth technologies. In this discussion, we will share new insights for wound management and dermatology

5:00 PM–5:20 PM

PACS Awards Presentations

Corstrata Post-Acute Care Clinical Excellence Award
PACS Lifetime Achievement Award


DAY 2 | Sunday, October 31, 2021

7:30 AM–9:00 AM

Innovation Theater Breakfast
Breaking Away from the Pack: Achieving Efficiency in Wound Care Delivery and Clinical Outcomes in a Value-Based World

Presented by: Stacey Zerban, LNHA; Julia Rian, BSN, JD, RN, CWOCN

Despite the availability of advanced wound healing technologies, hard to heal wounds continue to challenge post-acute care providers. Post-acute providers have historically considered provision of wound care to be extremely resource-intensive from both a staffing and supplies perspective, with concerns that providing care to patients with wounds might negatively impact their bottom line.

ConvaTec Complete™ is an innovative, value-based partnership program which leverages a standardized formulary and a Wound Hygiene-focused clinical pathway to drive clinical outcomes, as well as mobile digital training tools, to meet the challenges of staff turnover. Participants will hear about the success of a Life Care Community campus in implementing the ConvaTec Complete™ program to achieve wound care operational efficiencies and improved clinical and financial outcomes during the COVID 19 pandemic.

Sponsored by: ConvaTec

Innovation Theaters are informational sessions designed to complement the educational experience by further enhancing knowledge and confidence of disease-states or products. Innovation Theaters are non-accredited and no CME/CE credits are offered at these programs


Regulatory and Finance: Updates Affecting Wound Management in the PAC Setting 

Moderated by: Martha R. Kelso

9:15 AM–10:00 AM

Surviving Survey Across Post-Acute Care Settings

Presented by: Martha R. Kelso; Laurie McNichol; Catherine T. Milne

With the long-term care sector being the second-most heavily regulated industry and home-health seeing increased scrutiny, there is a lot to know about the survey process.  Intensifying uncertainty in healthcare is due to the lack of consistency across the healthcare continuum in regulations and even wound documentation. Join us for this educational session while industry leaders share insight on how to survive survey in home health and long-term post-acute care settings.

10:00 AM–10:45 AM

Consolidated Billing for Providers: What You Need to Know About Med A Skilled and Hospice

Presented by: Martha R. Kelso

Consolidated Billing (CB) for Fee For Service (FFS) providers can be confusing.  Although implemented in 1998, the regulations have changed and bundled versus unbundled codes are always in flux with anticipated annual changes.  The rights of the SNF under CB can change depending on where the patient is being treated while under a SNF stay.  We invite you to join this 45-minute training geared to assist the SNF and the provider in navigating these regulations for the purposes of proper reimbursement.

10:45 AM–11:00 AM


11:00 AM–12:00 PM

Assessment, Documentation, and Implications for PDPM and Beyond...

Presented by: Martha R. Kelso; Jeanine Maguire

The Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) has been the payment source for Medicare Part A Skilled Stays since its adoption on October 1, 2019.  Assessment and documentation are key to not missing critical dollars, while capturing the work performed for specific patient conditions.  Join our educators while they highlight the items most overlooked, opportunities for improvement, and assist in critical assessment techniques to help the bottom dollars. 

12:00 PM–12:30 PM

Updates Affecting Wound Management in the PAC Setting: Panel Q & A

Presented by: Martha R. Kelso, Jeanine Maguire, Laurie McNichol, Catherine T. Milne

A new admission case scenario will be provided to attendees.  Attendees will break up into smaller work groups.  Group attendees will utilize tools and information from prior sessions to implement admission assessments consistent with regulations and PDPM tools, arriving at PDPM points and appropriate interventions.  Each group will have a team lead appointed from our group of panelists to lead them through the discussion.  Answers will be revealed at the end of the panelist session.

12:30 PM–2:00 PM

Lunch with Exhibitors

Interprofessional Practice, Education, and Legal

Moderated by: Diane L. Krasner

2:00 PM–2:30 PM

Consults, Referrals, and Interprofessional Practice 

Presented by: Diane L. Krasner; Laurie McNichol; Lee C. Ruotsi

This session will focus on the importance of timely and appropriate referrals and consults for residents/home care patients with wounds.  Challenges for obtaining consults and referrals will be explored and strategies for overcoming obstacles will be presented.

2:30 PM–3:00 PM

Educating Patients, Families, and Caregivers About Skin Changes at Life's End (SCALE)

Presented by: Diane L. Krasner

A pillar of professional wound care practice is patient, family and caregiver education.  This mandate is particularly challenging when end-of-life issues or bad outcomes are involved.  This presentation will discuss “delivering bad news” and how the new SCALE Guide for Patients, Families & Caregivers can help you teach patients, families and caregivers

3:00 PM–3:15 PM Break

3:15 PM–4:15 PM

You're Going to Be Deposed: What You Need to Know

Moderator: Diane L. Krasner

Panel: Martha R. Kelso; Lee C. Ruotsi

Being called for a deposition, either as a fact witness or as an expert witness, can be anxiety-provoking and overwhelming.  Drawing on their own experiences, panel members will discuss strategies for preparing for depositions and tactics for successfully navigating them.

4:15 PM–4:30 PM

Panel, Q&A, Conference Conclusion