Protecting the Vulnerable: Addressing the Dangers of Polypharmacy in Long-Term Care 

Many post-acute care patients and long-term care residents require the use of multiple medications and rely on prescribers and pharmacy staff to ensure proper medication, dosage, and frequency. However, minimizing the risk of medication-related side effects and errors is difficult due to a number of variables, such as care transitions from hospital to LTC, or a patient being under the care of multiple specialists.

Identifying opportunities to improve the medication management process and deprescribing medications can reduce medication-related risk to the patient and increase staff efficiency. Discussions in this webinar focus on:

  • Why polypharmacy is so common in post-acute and long-term care and the dangers it poses
  • Common pitfalls that lead to polypharmacy and how to overcome them
  • The difference between medication review and medication reconciliation 
  • Tools for deprescribing and how it can reduce risks and decrease the burden on staff

Watch Recording

This webinar was originally recorded on October 20, 2021. Approximate run time: 55 minutes

Presented By:

Mike CantorMike Cantor, MD, JD

Dr. Cantor is a senior physician, executive, and consultant with success in leading Geriatrics, Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial medical management operations, product strategy/design, and business development. His industry experience includes leadership roles in payers, private equity-backed home health and post-acute benefits management, and physician networks.


Dr. YurkofskyMark Yurkofsky, MD, CMD

Dr. Yurkofsky is an expert in the management of post-acute and long-term care with over 25 years of experience practicing in post-acute and long-term care facilities, and most of that time as a medical director and leader.  He is a Certified Medical Director for post-acute and long-term care facilities and is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School.