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CoxHealth Education Center is pleased to present the 30th Annual Geriatrics Conference.  This one-day conference also includes a rehabilitation breakout session that is designed to enhance the knowledge of physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, nursing home administrators, physical and occupational therapists, social workers, case managers and other interested health care providers. A wide range of topics will be discussed to enhance the care of aging patients and providing care within the guidelines of the Affordable Care Act.


“The elderly have increased more consistently and proportionately than any age group.  Persons age 65 and over represented 10% of the population in 1950.  By 2000, their ranks had risen to 13% of the total population and it is estimated that by 2030 this group will represent more than one-fifth of Missourians (21%).  Between 1950 and 2000, the 65-and-over population grew by 85% to 755,000 persons.  This group is projected to grow by an additional 87% between 2000 and 2030 when their numbers are projected to increase to 1.4 million as the baby-boom generation progresses into this age category.” (Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, 2012)

For more conference information, contact CoxHealth Education Center at 417-269-4117, educationcenter@coxcollege.edu.
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7:00 – 7:20 am Registration/Refreshments/Vendor Displays Meeting Rooms 1,2,3
7:20 – 7:30 Welcome and Announcements
7:30 – 8:30 COPD and the Frail Nursing home Patient (activity & exercise)
     Terry Coulter, MD, FACP, FACCP

  • Identify patients at risk for having COPD
  • Formulate a diagnostic treatment plan for those suspected of having COPD

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8:30 – 9:30 Rapid Geriatric Assessment
     John Morley, M.B., B.Ch.

  • Increase awareness of geriatric syndromes in elderly people
  • Provide a simple management approach to geriatric syndromes
  • Increase awareness of the for advanced directives

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9:30 – 9:50 Break/Refreshments/Vendor Displays Meeting Rooms 1,2,3
9:50  – 10:50 Neglect, Abuse, & Financial Exploitation: Screening & Recognition in Elders
     Kevin Craig, MD

  • Identify the indicators of abuse, neglect, &  financial exploitation & discuss the implications to patient care & how to implement into daily practice

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10:50 – 11:50 Heart Failure: Improving from hospital to home
  Marcy Bot-Baron MSN, ANP-BC

  • Outline interventions in place to decrease readmissions for heart failure
  • Formulate exercise parameters for patients with heart failure

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11:50 –   12:30 pm Lunch  (served on site)
12:30 – 1:30 Nutrition: Eating Disorders in the Elderly
     John Morley, M.B., B.Ch.

  • Recognize the treatable causes of malnutrition in older persons
  • Identify atypical presentations of disease in older persons where weight loss is a focus
  • Distinguish the importance of good nutrition assessment in older persons

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MEDICAL TRACK (Foster Auditorium) REHAB TRACK (Meeting Room 4)
1:30 – 2:30 Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) InitiativeBryan Finke, MD

  • Identify multi-disciplinary teams working as  community teams to keep patients from being readmitted
  • Investigate patients through all levels of care to coordinate services to provide ongoing patient support

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Pelvic Floor Dysfunction in the Geriatric Population
Crystal Warren, PT

  • Identify the muscles of the pelvic floor
  • Identify diagnoses for which Pelvic Floor Therapy would be Indicated

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2:30 – 3:30 End–of-Life Care for Geriatric Patients: The Roles of Palliative Care &   Hospice
Kevin Craig, MD

  • Discuss the appropriate use of hospice & palliative care & be able to implement into clinical  practice in the geriatric population

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Adopting Safe Lifting Practices for the Therapy Team
Kathleen Mullen BSN, RN, CNOR, CSPHA

  • Discuss Cultural Beliefs among PT Professionals that may Pose a Barrier to Adoption of Safe Patient Handling
  • Distinguish Trends and  Current Legislation effecting Safe Patient Handling & Mobility (SPHM)

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 3:30– 4:00 Break/Refreshments/Vendor Displays Meeting Rooms 1,2,3
4:00 – 5:00 It’s Just a Fall
  Jason Martin, RN, CEN, EMT-P

  • List the patterns of injury found in geriatric trauma patients
  • Evaluate the management principles pertinent to these specific injuries in the geriatric trauma patient
5:00 – 6:00 Panel on Geriatric Pain: Medications & Alternative Methods
    Josh Holland Pharm.D., BCPP; Tamra Standage, DPT, COMT;Thomas Witty, PhD, ABPP

  • Describe & explain the mechanisms behind pain response both acute and chronic
  • Evaluate patients pain response during therapy & modify treatment accordingly
  • Formulate the use of psychological approaches to pain management with the older patient

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6:00 pm Evaluations/Statements of Credit/Adjournment

We reserve the right to substitute speakers and topics in case of emergency or cancellation. Information presented during this conference represents the views and opinions of the presenters and does not necessarily constitute the opinion, endorsement of, or promotion by CoxHealth.

No sponsorship or commercial support has been received for this activity.

Americans with Disabilities Act: If you have special needs addressed by this act, please notify us at least two weeks before this offering so that reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate your needs.

Note: Please bring a sweater or jacket due to variations in temperature and personal preferences.

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[tab_item title=”Educational Credits”]

CoxHealth is accredited by the Missouri State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. CoxHealth designates this live activity for a maximum of 9.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This Live activity, 30th Annual Geriatrics Conference: Pearls of Geriatric Care, with a beginning date of 03/04/2016, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 9.00 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Cox College Interprofessional Simulation & Education Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

9.0 Contact Hours

This program has been deemed appropriate for chaplains to list 9.0 contact hours of continuing education credit.  Credit should be listed on the Association of Professional Chaplains Annual Summary of Continuing Education Hours Form in the area of “Workshops/Conferences/Seminars/Symposia.”

The Missouri Board of Nursing Home Administrators is pending for this conference for 9.0 clock hours toward annual re-licensure of nursing home administrators.


This program has been approved by the National Association of Social Worker-Missouri Chapter for 5.0 Social Work clock hours.

Application has been made to The Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit to CCM® board certified case managers. The course is pending for 9.0 CE contact hour(s).

This program has been approved by the Arkansas Board of Physical Therapy for 9.0 contact hours and is deemed equivalent by the Missouri Board of Healing Arts per 4 CSR 150-3.203-5A.

This program meets the criteria for category 2.3 (attending employer-provided, workplace continuing education) Professional Development Unit activities for NBCOT© and qualifies as 9.0 contact hours (equivalent to 9.0 NBCOT© Professional Development Units).

This program has been approved for 1.0 STEMI credit hour for Heart Failure: Improving from hospital to home.

Accreditation approval only refers to this educational activity and does not imply endorsement of any commercial products by CoxHealth or any proprietary entity producing health care goods or services.

Participants will receive statements of credit at the end of the program when all requirements for credit have been met. Satisfactory completion of objectives will occur through program attendance.  Please note that attendance of the entire conference is required in order to obtain any credit today.  In order to receive a statement of credit, all participants must sign-in at the registration desk and turn in a completed evaluation and Personal Verification of Attendance form at the end of the program.


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[tab_item title=”Faculty”]

Marcy Bot-Baron, MSN, ANP-BC
Nurse Practitioner
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic
Springfield, MO 

Kevin Craig, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Family & Community Medicine
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO

Chairman, Dept of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine
Director Respiratory Care
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic
Springfield, MO

Bryan Finke, MD
Medical Director of Population Health & ER Physician
Emergency Physicians of Springfield
Springfield, MO

Josh Holland, Pharm.D., BCPP
Clinical Psychiatric Pharmacist, Pharmacy
Springfield, MO 

John Morley
Dammert Professor of Gerontology
Director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine & Division of Endocrinology
St Louis University
St Louis, MO

Jason Martin, RN, CEN, EMT-P
Trauma Nurse Clinician
CoxHealth Trauma Services
Springfield, MO

Kathleen Mullen, BSN, RN, CNOR, CSPHA
Coordinator: Safe Patient Handling
Nursing Education, CoxHeatlh
Springfield, MO

Tamra Standage, DPT, COMT
Outpatient Physical Therapist Level lll
Springfield, MO

Crystal Warren, PT
Physical Therapist
Springfield, MO

Thomas Witty, PhD, ABPP-RP
Assistant Professor, Department of Family & Community Medicine
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 

All speakers except Dr John Morley, have indicated they DO NOT have significant interest or affiliation in any pharmaceutical companies whose products he may discuss, nor do any members of his immediate family. All speakers except Dr. Morley have also indicated that he DOES NOT intend to discuss any uses of pharmaceutical products or medical devices not approved by the FDA. All speakers have agreed to give a balanced view of therapeutic options, and will use generic names to contribute to impartiality. Their presentation will be evidence or scientific-based. There was no conflict identified that would exclude them from presenting.

Dr. John Morley has indicated he has relevant relationships with the following companies; Nestle (Purina) and Kemin, he is part of the speakers bureau for Nutricia, and is a consultant for Sanofi-Aventis, Nutricia, Astellas, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Merek, & Akros.  Dr Morley’s conflicts have been reviewed by the committee and they did not have any effect on this conference.   Dr Morley’s lectures were created without bias or influence from all external commercial entities.

Presenters are responsible for obtaining all applicable copyright releases when utilizing proprietary information. The opinions of the presenters are not necessarily those of CoxHealth; attendees should formulate their own opinions based on the evidence/scientific-based information presented.

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[tab_item title=”Planning Committee”]

Robin Grothoff, MSW, LCSW
Clinic Manager
CoxHealth Senior Health Center

Lisa Boyer, BSN, RN
Enterprise Educator
Nurse Planner/Conference Coordinator
Cox College, Interprofessional Simulation & Education Center

 William Rosen, MD
Medical Director
CoxHealth Senior Health Center

Mandy Rudroff, MHA, PT
Clinical Educator
CoxHealth – Meyer Orthopedic & Rehabilitation Hospital 

Keith Steenbergen, LNHA, BS
Nursing Home Administrator
Jordan Creek Nursing & Rehab 

Judee Steward, BS
Senior Advocate
CoxHealth Senior Advantage

Ashley Taylor PharmD
CoxHealth Pharmacy 

Phillip Wittmer, DO
Physician Planner
CoxHealth – Meyer Orthopedic & Rehabilitation Hospital

All planning committee members, with the exception of Lisa Boyer have indicated they do not have any conflicts of interest or significant financial affiliations with any pharmaceutical or medical device companies that would exclude them from the planning of this activity. Lisa Boyer’s conflict has been reviewed by the committee and did not have any effect on this conference.  Planning committee members and speakers have created this activity without bias or influence from all external commercial entities. There were no conflicts identified that would exclude them from the planning process.


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[tab_item title=”Registration”]

To register for this conference visit http://coxcollege.edu and click on the “Continuing Education and Life Support” at the top of the page followed by the “Conferences and Seminars” link.

Cancellations received in writing to EducationCenter@coxcollege.edu by February 10, 2016 will be entitled to a full refund. After this time, a $25 processing fee will be withheld. No refunds will be made the day of the conference. No shows will be charged the full conference fee.

In the event Education Center cancels or reschedules a course, participants are entitled to a full refund or the participant may transfer registration to the next scheduled activity. All refunds must be received in writing via email or by calling the Education Center. CoxHealth is not responsible for travel, hotel, booking fees, or other cancellation fees for registrants when an activity is cancelled.

The entire cancellation policy can be viewed at http://coxcollege.edu under the Continuing Education and Life Support tab.

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[tab_item title=”Hotel Information”]

Special rates are available for CoxHealth conference participants at the following hotels. Ask for the CoxHealth negotiated rate.

University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center
333 John Q. Hammons Parkway
Springfield, MO  65806


Ramada Oasis Hotel and Convention Center
2546 N. Glenstone Ave
Springfield, MO 65803
888-532-4338 (toll free)


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