Reducing Falls in Seniors through Medication Management
The purpose of this program is to improve geriatric care by creating education and systems for medication review with their geriatric patients and improve Primary Care Provider's (PCP's) comfort to initiate these discussions. By improving the ability to initiate these discussions with patients 65 years and older, and understanding which medications create a higher risk of falls in this population, we hope to reduce the risk of falls while avoiding any adverse effects on quality of life.
HOW: Using a two-cycle PDSA approach – we will prepare you to initiate and track these brief, yet impactful, conversations with your patients > 65 years old about the importance of reviewing medication with the goal of reducing falls. We will emphasize the PCP’s role in brief interactions with his/her patients that can positively impact completion. Below you will find some helpful tools (run chart and tick and talley sheet) for tracking your progress.
SPECIFIC GOAL: Making the conversations about medications and discussing adjustments that must be made in medications that have been identified as being associated with falls in the elderly, a part of the regular exam.
This course is part of a statewide effort among members of the Wisconsin Geriatric Education Center (WGEC) and 3 of its Partners: Aurora Health Care, Medical College of Wisconsin, and the University of Wisconsin – School of Medicine and Public Health. Made possible through the partial funding of the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program HRSA Grant U1QHP28712.
Aurora Health Care: Primary Care Physicians, Residents, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners
At the end of this session, learners should be able to:
- Recognize the role primary care physicians play in the prescribing of benzodiazepines, non-benzodiazepine hypnotics, and diphenhydramine to geriatric patients.
- Link the use of benzodiazepines, non-benzodiazepine hypnotics, and diphenhydramine to falls among geriatric patients.
- Identify barriers and biases related to initiating medication deprescribing discussions in the primary care setting.
- Cite evidence that brief patient education on medication and falls can increase patients’ willingness to taper/discontinue use of benzodiazepines, non-benzodiazepine hypnotics, and diphenhydramine.
- Educate geriatric patients re: likelihood of benzodiazepines, non-benzodiazepine hypnotics, and diphenhydramine being associated with falls and their consequences as impacting patients’ function and quality of life.
Aurora Course Director(s):
Will Lehmann, MD; Family Medicine Physician and Medical Director at Walkers Point Clinic Aurora Health Care
Deborah Simpson, PhD; Medical Education Program Director, Professor [Clinical Adjunct] Family Medicine at UWSMPH & MCW, Aurora Health Care
Katie Denson, MD MCW Professor of Medicine Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology ;
Theresa Frederick, Performance Improvement, MOC CME Specialist Sr., Certified Green Belt in Lean Health Care, Aurora Health Care
Judy Myers, MCW, MS, MT (ASCP). Clinical Research Coordinator III
Aurora Health Care Course Advisory Council:
Michael Malone, MD; Medical Director Aurora Senior Services, Aurora Health Care
Kristin Ouweneel; Manager Continuing Professional Development, Aurora Health Care
Edmund Duthie, Jr. MD; Chief Division of Geriatrics/Gerontology, Dept. of Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin
Steven Barczi, MD; Professor of Medicine/Geriatrics/Sleep Medicine- University of Wisconsin (UWSMPH)
Stacy Barnes, PhD; Director Wisconsin Geriatric Education Center - Marquette University
As an accredited provider of the WI Medical Society, Aurora Health Care must ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in its educational activities. Course Directors, planning committees, faculty, and all others who are in a position to control the content of this educational activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest to participants of the educational activity. An individual has a relevant financial relationship if he or she (or spouse/partner) has a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the last 12 months with a commercial interest whose products or services are discussed in the CME activity content over which the individual has control.
No faculty, presenters, planners, or anyone controlling content have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.
This QI Effort meets MOC Part IV Standards and Guidelines for the ABMS Multi-Specialty Portfolio Approval Program Organization and is eligible for MOC Part IV through participating ABMS Member Boards and for Category 1 PI-CME credits through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
Physician Assistant: As an Approved Portfolio Sponsor, Aurora Health Care has been approved by the ABMS Multi-Specialty Portfolio Approval Program Organization to approve QI Efforts for MOC Part IV (for physicians) and for Category 1 PI-CME credit (for PAs) through July 2020.
The following ABMS Boards will accept this project for the MOC Part IV Requirement:
- Emergency Medicine
- Family Medicine
- Internal Medicine
- Genetics and Genomics
- Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Orthopaedic Surgery
- Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- Plastic Surgery
- Preventive Medicine
- Psychiatry and Neurology
- Thoracic Surgery
*"Active participation" means the practitioner must:
- Provide direct or consultative care to patients as part of the QI project.
- Implement the project’s interventions (the changes designed to improve care) and reflect on the tools you selected to see if they are the correct tools to make a change.
- Collect, submit, and review data in keeping with the project’s measurement plan with two linked cycles of data review.
- Collaborate by actively discussing what you have learned with at least two people.
Upon successful completion particpant should request an MOC Attestation form. The CPD Office will submit the project to the ABMS who will in turn submit the completion data directly to your certifying Board(s). It will take approximately one month for the completion to register with your Board(s).
- 20.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™Aurora Health Care is accredited by the Wisconsin Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Aurora Health Care designates this activity for a maximum of 20.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
First, enroll in the project "Reducing Falls in Seniors through Medication Management". Then you will be able to begin with Stage A.
This project is available to Aurora Health Care providers (employed and independent) only. Please use "Aurora Login" to access the project. If you need help enrolling or logging in, please contact the Aurora CPD Office at CPDDepartment@aurora.org or at (414) 219-5490.