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On Nursing Home and Hospice Care

Thomas Caprio, MD, MPH, MS, CMD, HMDC, FACP, AGSF

Associate Professor of Medicine/Geriatrics, Dentistry, Clinical Nursing, and Public Health Sciences, University of Rochester Medical Center; and Chief Medical Officer, UR Medicine Home Care

Thursday, September 21

Each day in 2012, there were nearly 1.4 million residents in nursing homes, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ 2013 report on national long-term care services. Nursing homes are increasingly common sites of long-term health care, especially for older adults with chronic illness, dementia, or increasing care needs that cannot be managed at home.

Dr. Caprio’s presentation will review several aspects of nursing homes, such as:

  • The types of care provided in nursing homes

  • How to understand the publicly reported measures of quality in nursing home care

  • What to look for when choosing a nursing home

  • How nursing homes are a valuable resource in providing quality end-of-life care, including hospice

Thomas Caprio, MD, MPH, MS, CMD, HMDC, FACP, AGSF, is an Associate Professor of Medicine/Geriatrics, Dentistry, Clinical Nursing, and Public Health Sciences at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) in Rochester, New York. He is the Chief Medical Officer of UR Medicine Home Care and the Medical Director for the Visiting Nurse Hospice and Palliative Care. He serves as director of the geriatric medicine fellowship training program, director of the UR geriatric assessment clinic, and director of the Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center. He also oversees the federally funded Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program, which provides education and training related to geriatrics, palliative care, and dementia care for health care professionals, rural primary care providers, academic faculty, and family caregivers.

Dr. Caprio received his undergraduate degree from Nazareth College of Rochester, his MD from the State University of New York at Buffalo, his MPH from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and his MS in Health Professions Education from the University of Rochester Warner Graduate School of Education. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a fellow of the American Geriatrics Society.

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