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Saturday, August 3, 2019
Session Title
7:00 AM - 8:00 AMRegistration & Networking Breakfast with Sponsors & Exhibitors
8:00 AM - 8:10 AMWelcome Announcements
8:10 AM - 8:30 AMChapter Business Meeting
8:30 AM - 9:30 AMSession 1: Dialysis Treatment Options for Patients That Require Renal Replacement Therapy
9:30 AM - 10:30 AMNetworking Break with Sponsors & Exhibitors
10:30 AM - 11:30 AMSession 2: COPD Treatments, Trends and Insights to Reduce Hospital Readmissions
11:30 AM - 12:30 PMSession 3: Mind Your Plan
12:30 PM - 1:45 PMNetworking Lunch with Sponsors & Exhibitors
1:45 PM - 2:00 PMGiveaways
2:00 PM - 3:00 PMSession 4: The Opioid Epidemic: Making A Difference Through Intervention and Treatment
3:00 PM - 3:10 PMBreak
3:10 PM - 4:10 PMSession 5: Treatment and Discharge Planning for Seniors with Dementia
4:10 PM - 4:20 PMClosing Remarks

Conference Sessions

Session 1: Dialysis Treatment Options for Patients That Require Renal Replacement Therapy

Mary Podhaski, LMSW
Kidney Care Advocate
Fresenius Kidney Care · Georgetown, TX

Each patient is unique. It is beneficial to present a range of options for patients to consider to individualize the treatment approach to suit each patient’s needs. During this session, different types of renal replacement therapy for patients that require dialysis will be discussed. Learn more about the process and considerations of initiating dialysis via hemodialysis vs. peritoneal dialysis.


  1. Discuss different modalities for renal replacement therapy.
  2. Review the pros and cons of home dialysis and in-center dialysis.
  3. Discuss considerations and basic principles of peritoneal emergent start dialysis.

Session 2: COPD Treatments, Trends and Insights to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

Lori Behrens
Area Director · Healthcare Economics
ResMed · San Diego, CA

Joe Russian, RRT
Clinical Account Manager
Apria Healthcare · Austin, TX

Rose Batenhorst, RPSGT, RRT
Regional Clinical Specialist
ResMed · Leander, TX


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the United States. In this session, we will explore clinical data and studies that support interventions that increase patient comfort and longevity. We will also review best practices that assist with hospital-to-home initiatives to reduce readmissions for COPD patients.


  1. Explore the economics of COPD.
  2. Identify current treatment options and barriers to home care therapy for COPD patients.
  3. Review patient qualification guidelines for NIC devices.

Session 3: Mind Your Plan

Robert Laguna, MSOM, LAC, Dip. Ac (MCCAOM)
Senior Director of Student Services
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine · Austin, TX


Pain must be treated as a complex biopsychosocial experience. A primary care medical home setting partnered with on-site integrative therapies offers an opportunity to transform chronic pain more cost effectively. A successful local innovative model that has decreased emergency room and hospital visits will be presented.


  1. Describe the basic elements of the Living Well with Pain (LWP) group as designed for the underserved community in Austin, Texas.
  2. Identify challenges in the implementation of a LWP-like group in an existing practice.
  3. Evaluate usefulness of a shared medical group as a means of implementing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guideline (March 2016) for prescribing opioids for chronic pain.

Session 4: The Opioid Epidemic: Making A Difference Through Intervention and Treatment

Richard Bottner, PA-C
Hospitalist, Assistant Clinical Professor
Dell Medical School · Austin, TX


Despite improved prescribing practices throughout the United States, the opioid epidemic continues to take the lives of over 100 patients every day. More than 2 million patients carry the diagnosis of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). Most of these patients will interact with a hospital system at some point during the course of their illness. Despite this, however, few of the nation’s 6,000+ hospitals have developed strategies for identifying and offering treatment for patients with OUD. This session will describe one local hospital’s journey to develop such a program, including the impact on transitions of care.


  1. Identify patients with Opioid Use Disorder.
  2. Describe the case manager’s role solving the opioid crisis.
  3. Discuss opioid stigma and reduction strategies.

Session 5: Treatment and Discharge Planning for Seniors with Dementia

Shawnetta Duncan, AND, BSN, MBA
Chief Nursing Officer
Austin Lakes Hospital · Austin, TX


Dementia characterized by progressive and chronic decline—in cognitive function and memory impairment—frequently involves behavioral disturbances. The spectrum includes nonaggressive to aggressive, manifested either verbally or physically. During this session, you will get a framework to recognize and minimize aggressive behaviors. Appropriate care settings and transitional planning will be discussed to effectively meet patient’s behavioral and psychiatric care needs.


  1. Recognize techniques to minimize aggressive behavior.
  2. Identify patients’ appropriateness for in-patient pyschiatric care.
  3. Discuss key components to effectively transition patients to an in-patient behavioral unit.

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American Case Management Association
11701 W. 36th St.
Little Rock, Arkansas 72211
Phone: 501-907-ACMA (2262)
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