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Physicians Join With National Healthcare Leaders to Explore New Ways to Enhance Geriatric Care in America
Date:6/1/2009

Fifth Annual Conference Sponsored by SCAN Health Plan Takes Holistic Approach in Seeking New Solutions to Improve Clinical Care and Healthcare Process

LONG BEACH, Calif., June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 200 physicians and nurses gathered with national healthcare leaders in Long Beach this weekend to address a myriad of issues surrounding geriatric care in America. Topics covered ranged from such clinical areas as diabetes, dementia and prostate cancer to more process-oriented issues such as how to best transition patients through various levels of care to assure that they receive the right care at the right time in the right setting.

"Our goal through this symposium and others like it is to improve the healthcare process by providing practical, hands-on knowledge that attendees can take back to their practice and begin implementing to make a difference," said Dan Osterweil, M.D., professor of medicine at UCLA, director of the Specialized Ambulatory Evaluation Center in Sherman Oaks, a consulting geriatrician at SCAN Health Plan, and one of the planners of the conference. "What we try to share is another way to provide care to older individuals that is efficient, is evidence-based, and in many cases has been proven to improve quality."

Sponsored by the not-for-profit SCAN Health Plan, this fifth annual geriatric symposium has been growing in prestige and popularity as evidenced both by its increasing attendance and by the nationally known keynote speakers at this year's event. These included, among others: John Morley, M.D., editor-in-chief of Journal of American Medical Directors Association; Betty Ferrell, Ph.D., from The City of Hope; and Joseph G. Ouslander from the Institute of Successful Aging in Boca Raton, Florida, and executive editor of the Journal of the American Geriatric Society.

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