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Thursday, November 14 • 3:30pm - 5:29pm
S10: Bioethical Aspects of Older Adult Healthcare Reform: The Future or Back to the Future? - A Bioethics SIG-sponsored Symposium

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Consultations for older adults can present difficult ethical dilemmas for psychiatrists. Often there are no adequate social or legal structures to address them. Healthcare reform will bring about specific changes that will impact these issues. Some versions of these changes have been tried in the past. We present three important aspects of older adult consultations with a view towards how the particular bioethical issues may be impacted by the proposed changes. We will provide a background on prior projects for older adult care improvement to set the stage for understanding the current proposed changes. We will then give an overview of the proposed changes in current healthcare reform and their potential impact on older adults.

Case-based presentations will illustrate the potential impact of healthcare reform on bioethical issues in the care of older adults. These include decisional capacity determinations and transfers between general acute care facilities and chronic care facilities such as nursing homes. Probate conservatorship and the gaps in coverage for certain subsets of elderly patients will be discussed. Concerns about polypharmacy, fragmented care by multiple clinicians, and polypharmacy and substance abuse will be explored along with recommendations for improvements in drug formularies and care coordination for older adults. We will present new resources available for older adults including educational grants for psychiatrists and increased funding for Adult Protective Services. These resources as well as team and consensus building will help prepare us for the changes ahead and lead to improvement in the quality of our care of older adults.

Overview of Healthcare Reforms for Older Adults - Talin Dadoyan, MD Department of Mental Health Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Bioethics of Capacity Evaluations for Older Adults - Jaroslava Salman, MD, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Probate conservatorship and Placement Issues - Saba Syed, MD, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Comorbidities in Older Adults - Sarah Gelberd, MD, Department of Mental Health Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Chairs: Mary Ann Cohen, MD, FAPM, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY and Talin Dadoyan, MD, Department of Mental Health Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Discussant: Rabbi Bennett Blum, MD, private practice, Tucson, Arizona, and Director, Forensic Geropsychiatry Division of Park Dietz and Associates, Newport Beach, California.


Bennett Blum

Bennett Blum MD, Inc.
R. Bennett Blum, M.D. is a rabbi and physician specializing in both forensic and geriatric psychiatry. An expert on the detection and impact of psychological manipulation tactics used by offenders to exploit the elderly and other vulnerable adults, his pioneering assessment techniques... Read More →
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Mary Ann Cohen

Clinical Professor of Psychiatrt, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Dr. Mary Ann Cohen is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Board certified in adult psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and psychosomatic medicine, Dr. Cohen is a leader in the fields of psychosomatic medicine and HIV psychiatry... Read More →
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Talin Dadoyan

Department of Mental Health Los Angeles County
I work for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) as the supervising psychiatrist for a large outpatient psychiatric clinic directly operated by LACDMH. My board Certifications are in General Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine. My major interests include Bioethics... Read More →

Jaroslava Salman

University of Southern California
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Saba Syed

Olive View- UCLA Medical Center

Thursday November 14, 2013 3:30pm - 5:29pm MST
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