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#AGS20 Has Been Canceled
We're sorry to let you know that the AGS 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting (#AGS20), scheduled for May 6-9, 2020, in Long Beach, CA, has been canceled. Given recent recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this decision helps us put the health and safety of our members, their patients, and Long Beach residents first.
We recognize you may have questions, and we've compiled this Q&A to address as much as we can. One of our top queries relates to registration refunds, so we've recapped our response here for easy reference:
I already registered for #AGS20, a pre-conference, or both. Will I receive a refund? How?
You will automatically receive a refund for any and all registration fees related to #AGS20 (including any pre-conference programs). Registrants will receive an email by April 1 containing information about processing registration refunds or transferring your registration fee to the AGS 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting (#AGS21; May 12-15, 2021, in Chicago, IL).
We appreciate your patience as we work through the necessary details. Please allow up to 45 days for registration funds to be credited back to your account(s). Check back here after April 1 for contact information if you haven't received correspondence.
For your travel plans, please see our Q&A and consult your hotel, carrier, etc. Because these reservations are made independent of the AGS, we regret that we aren't able to offer assistance.
The AGS is continually updating our COVID-19 Information Hub with the latest tools and information relevant to geriatrics. Select new tools posted this week appear below.
For older adults and caregivers, we've also added resources to HealthinAging.org. These updates also are sent by email to our subscribers; you can direct older adults and caregivers here if they'd like to add their contact information to our subscription list.
Have suggestions for more insights to share with older adults and caregivers? Post them on MyAGSOnline here as we work to update our materials on HealthinAging.org.
COVID-19 INFORMATION HUBS
- American Geriatrics Society (AGS)
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
- American Medical Association (AMA)
- American College of Physicians (ACP)
- Links to State-Specific Information
- Global Locations with COVID-19 Cases
SELECT RESOURCES FOR...
All Health Professionals
- CDC Guidance for Healthcare Professionals
- CDC Guidance on Prevention
- Frequently Asked Questions from the WHO
- CMS FAQ on Telemedicine & Medicare
- CMS Partner Toolkit
- Articles from the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
- Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) Recommendations for Prioritizing COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing
- ACP COVID-19 Telehealth Coding and Billing Practice Management Tips
Those Working in Long-Term Care
- CMS Announces Measures to Protect Nursing-Home Residents
- CMS Guidance for Infection Control & Prevention
- Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Guide
Those Working in Emergency Departments
OTHER HELPFUL TOOLS
- The John A. Hartford Foundation recently updated their list of resources.
- The Center to Advance Palliative Care has organized a COVID-19 toolkit.
- The Administration for Community Living is posting information here.
- The American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) will host a webinar on Tues., Mar. 24, at 1pm ET, on "COVID-19: Can the Science of Aging move us Forward? Register here.
- VitalTalk has released a playbook for tips on communicating about COVID-19.
Another helpful patient resource: The Kaiser Family Foundation's COVID-19 Outbreak Glossary, providing definitions to terms increasingly being used in the news.
Here's What's Trending on MyAGSOnline
- How do you set up a solo practice as a non-participating Medicare provider?
- How do you quarantine long-term care residents with behavioral issues?
- Which telemedicine tools have you found most useful?
Congratulations to this week's most active members: Carrie Rubenstein, Priya Mendiratta, Theresa Redling, and Teresa Garrison. Thank you for your contributions!
- From the Kaiser Family Foundation: FAQs on Medicare Coverage and Costs Related to COVID-19 Treatment
- From Kaiser Health News: Millions of Older Americans Live in Counties with No ICU Beds as Pandemic Intensifies
- From the Kaiser Family Foundation: Americans Most at Risk for Coronavirus Complications Are No More Likely than Others to Report Taking Precautions or Making Preparations in Response to Pandemic
- From the American Red Cross: Advancing Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery for Older Adults
HRSA Scholarship Opportunities for Students
- The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship Program applications are open for medical and dental students interested in serving at least two years at NHSC-approved sites in underserved rural, urban, and tribal communities. Applications are due Thurs., Apr. 23.
- The Nurse Corps Scholarship Program is now accepting applications for nursing students interested in serving at an approved health care facility with a critical shortage of nurses. Applications are due Thurs., Apr. 30.
ACL Releases New Alzheimer's and Dementia Program Cooperative Agreement Grant Opportunity
The Administration for Community Living (ACL)'s Alzheimer's Disease Programs Initiative (ADPI) funding announcement seeks to support and promote the development and expansion of dementia-capable home and community-based services (HCBS) systems in states and communities. Applications close on Wed., Apr. 22. Learn more.
FDA Bans Electrical Stimulation Devices for Self-Injurious or Aggressive Behavior
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week published a final rule to ban electrical stimulation devices (ESDs) used for self-injurious or aggressive behavior because they present an unreasonable and substantial risk of illness or injury that cannot be corrected or eliminated through new or updated device labeling. Read their announcement here.