Maltcp Members News


January 16, 2016. Dr Charles Crecelius will be continuing as Phase 2 Project Medical Director of the Missouri Quality Initiative, a joint Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) and Medicare – Medicaid Coordination Office (CMMO) project to reduce unnecessary hospitalizations of nursing home residents while improving quality of care and maintaining access to healthcare.
This nearly $20 million grant through the Sinclair School of Nursing at the University of Missouri-Columbia will test the effect of enhanced payments for the care of 6 illness which are responsible for almost 80% of hospitalizations in homes previously exposed to enhanced care through an integrated approach using APRNs and health information technology (Phase 1), versus homes not previously exposed to such intervention.
Phase 1 interventions resulted in a nearly 35% reduction of necessary hospitalizations. Dr Crecelius is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Geriatrics and Internal Medicine at Washington University, St Louis MO.

September 20, 2014: More Than Just a Location: Helping Patients and Families Select an Appropriate Skilled Nursing Facility. In a paper recently published in the Annals of Long Term Care, Dr. Milta Little, D.O., along with her colleague Dr. Arif Nazir, M.D., outline how to help patients and families decide on the right post-discharge rehabilitation destination. The paper lays out a roadmap that provides the support families and patients need to select a facility that offers the right mix of skills and services for a successful recovery. This video shows the dilemma families face when selecting a rehab facility for their loved one.

Dr. Little is an Assistant Professor in the Geriatric Medicine division of St. Louis University’s School of Medicine

April 10, 2012 St. Louis: Palliative Care Program Gets Nod
Mercy Hospital St. Louis recently was announced as a LIVESTRONG>®Community Impact finalist and award recipient – one of only 20 palliative programs nationally – to assist with its palliative care program certification. The project, created by the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the non-profit founded by the cancer survivor to serve people affected by cancer and
empower them to take action, will bring proven cancer support programs to 90 communities across the United States.

“We are proud to be named as a LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project award recipient,” said Sue Pearson, DO, medical director of Mercy Clinic Palliative Care and Post-Acute Services St. Louis. “This award will directly impact our ability
to support those in our community who need palliative care services. We want to offer our appreciation to those who voted in support of this program. Together, we’re making a difference in the lives of patients with cancer and chronic
diseases along with their families in our area.” Read more at:

April 14, 2011, ST. Louis – John Morley, M.D., director of the division of geriatric medicine at Saint Louis University, has received the James Pattee Award for Excellence in Education from AMDA -Dedicated to Long Term Care Medicine.The award is given annually to a physician for his or her contributions to the educational goals of AMDA, which was formerly known as the American Medical Directors Association.

Nov. 30, 2011 Rolla, MO: With guidance from Dr. Randy Huss, St. John’s Clinic in Rolla, MO. opened a new state-of-the-art facility on 1605 Martin Spring Dr in Rolla.