Recorded May 21, 2020.
Dr. O’Connell is joined by Dr. Michael Mason to discuss the impact covid-19 has had on nursing facilities.
Questions from this episode include:
- Can you tell us the difference between a nursing home and a skilled nursing facility?
- What are the purposes of a skilled nursing facility and what are some misconceptions about them?
- What is being done in nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities to keep elderly people safe during this pandemic?
- Can you tell us about your experience with COVID in the elderly and among those staying in skilled nursing facilities?
Your host is Dr. Ted O’Connell, family physician, educator, and author of numerous textbooks and peer-reviewed articles. He holds academic appointments at UCSF, UC Davis, and Drexel University's medical schools and also founded the Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano Community Medicine and Global Health Fellowship, the first program in the U.S. to formally combine both community medicine and global health. Follow Ted on Instagram (@tedoconnellmd) and Twitter (@tedoconnell)!
Dr. Michael Mason is a board-certified geriatrician with over 20 years of clinical, teaching, and leadership experience with Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Mason completed his medical education at the USC School of Medicine, residency training in family medicine at Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills, and a fellowship in geriatrics at the UCLA-Kaiser Permanente Geriatric program. After completing his fellowship, he worked at Kaiser Permanente in Southern California in both family medicine as well as geriatric medicine. He practiced and taught outpatient family medicine, inpatient medicine, as well as full spectrum geriatric medicine including work in the nursing home, home-based care, and geriatric assessment clinic. During this time, he was also a clinical instructor with the UCLA School of Medicine and was involved in teaching medical students, residents, and geriatric fellows. In 2014, he moved to Kaiser Permanente in Northern California where he helped start a Geriatrics Program and advance Palliative and Supportive Care Services. Because of his efforts, Dr. Mason was promoted to regional Co-Chair for Geriatrics and Continuing Care for TPMG. Dr. Mason has a passion for the development and evolution of Geriatric and Supportive Care specifically system development within Kaiser Permanente to support care in Geriatrics and Supportive Care as well as areas involving geriatric syndromes.
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