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Wednesday, March 27, 2019



The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029

Sponsored by:

Academy Section on Healthy Aging, Metropolitan Area Geriatrics Society [MAGS] and Age-friendly NYC


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Older adults with multiple conditions receive healthcare that can be burdensome; potentially harmful; fragmented across diseases, providers, and settings; and not always focused on what matters most to them. Over the past three years, with input from patients, caregivers, primary and specialty clinicians, health system leaders and redesign experts, and payers, Caroline Blaum, MD, chief of Geriatrics at New York University and Mary Tinetti, MD, director of the Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine at Yale, have co-led efforts to design a prototype that aligns clinical decision-making and healthcare with each patient’s health priorities, namely their health outcome goals and care preferences. The underlying premise for patient priorities care is that decision-making should be predicated on achieving each patient’s priorities not merely managing their individual diseases.

Keynote Speaker:
Caroline S. Blaum, MD
NYU School of Medicine
Diane and Arthur Belfer Chair in Geriatric Medicine
Director, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care

Dr. Caroline S. Blaum is the Diane and Arthur Belfer Professor of Geriatric Medicine and Director of the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Care at NYU School of Medicine.  Before joining NYU, she was Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs at the University of Michigan where she led Medical Home and ACO efforts. Dr. Blaum is active in national policy work, and has a research program in translational research that has been supported by the NIA, AHRQ, PCORI, The John A Hartford Foundation, and the VARR&D concerning models of care, complex patients, frailty, and diabetes in older adults. She maintains a Geriatrics practice and teaching activities.

In late 2017, Dr. Blaum received two large NIA awards including an R21/R33 and R01. The former includes a one-year developmental phase, then a 4-year pragmatic randomized controlled trial that will evaluate whether guidelines and a quality improvement program will improve symptoms, quality of life, patient and caregiver burden and care quality for adults with diabetes and dementia, while decreasing acute care use. The R01 uses data collected over 20 years on older adults with diabetes to identify how aging with diabetes affects the risks and development of cardiovascular disease and disability, so that we can better individualize treatment for this population. Ongoing and primary to Dr. Blaum’s current research interests includes her role as Co-PI of a variety of awards funding Patient Priorities Care, a new approach to care for adults with multiple chronic conditions that aligns all care with patient's health outcome goals and care preferences. Based on her expertise in this area, Dr. Blaum will serve as Co-Leader of the Patient-Priority Aligned Research Core of Dr. Jerry Gurwitz R33 entitled Advancing Geriatrics Infrastructure & Network Growth (AGING) Initiative.

Dr. Blaum is active in national policy work related to delivery system redesign and quality of care for patients with multiple chronic conditions.  She is a past Chair of the AGS’s Quality Performance and Measurement Committee, and represents AGS on the AMA-Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement. She co-chaired the AMA-PCPI Work Group for the Geriatrics Physician Performance Measurement Set, served on the NQF Hospital Outcomes Steering Committee, and co-chaired the NQF Steering Committee to Develop a Framework for Quality Measurement for Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions.


Amy Berman HeadshotAmy Berman, RN, LHD, FAAN
Senior Program Officer
The John A. Hartford Foundation

Amy Berman is a Senior Program Officer with The John A. Hartford Foundation. She leads the Foundation’s development and dissemination of innovative, cost-effective models of care that improve health outcomes for older adults. Among these efforts, Dr. Berman is responsible for the Foundation’s work to align patient goals with care and treatment, known as Patient Priorities Care, led by Mary Tinetti, MD, at Yale and Caroline Blaum, MD, at New York University.

Dr. Berman has been the recipient of numerous honors for her advocacy on behalf of older adults including her support for a patient’s right to make decisions about care and treatment. She received the President’s Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Presidential Award from the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, the President’s Award from the National League for Nursing for reshaping nursing education, and the Civitas Award from the American Academy of Nursing for her policy and advocacy efforts. The international honor society of nursing, Sigma Theta Tau, established the Amy J. Berman Geriatric Nurse Leadership Award in 2012, which is awarded at their biennial meeting. Berman was also recognized for her leadership in the field of philanthropy by Grantmakers in Health with the Terrance Keenan Award. She was conferred a Doctorate of Humane Letters for Quinnipiac University, a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from New York University College of Nursing, a Bachelor of Science degree in health care administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Geriatric Scholar Certificate from the Consortium of New York Geriatric Education Centers.

Elizabeth McCormick, MD
Assistant Professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine and Internal Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Dr. McCormick is the Associate Director for the Mount Sinai Visiting Doctors Program. She is board certified in Family Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine and sees patients in the Mount Sinai Visiting Doctors Program.