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August 1, 2017

June 9th marked the 1-year anniversary of the effective date of California’s End of Life Option Act. California is now one of a growing handful of U.S. states (Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Vermont, and Montana, along with the District of Columbia) where physician aid-in-dying (PAD), by way of provision of a prescription for a lethal amount of...

August 1, 2017

The risks of publicly sharing photographs or other media recorded in a health care setting — particularly those where aging or disabled populations live — can range from creating a disturbance to committing a crime, according to Howard L. Sollins, JD, a Baltimore-based attorney, and his colleagues. To avoid trouble, they suggest skilled nursing...

August 1, 2017

More than ever, post-acute and long-term care facilities are expanding their worlds to embrace the online communities of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media platforms. Social media is designed to provide connections with friends and families and create online communities with people you don’t see on a regular basis, if at all...

July 29, 2017

Pneumonia is the leading infectious cause of hospitalization and death for nursing home (NH) residents; however, diagnosis is often delayed because classic signs of infection are not present. We sought to identify NH residents at high risk for pneumonia, to identify persons to target for more intensive surveillance and preventive measures.

July 29, 2017

Potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs) are widely used in institutionalized older adults, yet the key determinants that drive their use are incompletely characterized.

July 28, 2017

The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes released their latest update on Antipsychotic Medicare Use Data. The official measure of the Partnership is the percentage of long-stay nursing home residents who are receiving an antipsychotic...

July 28, 2017

In an advocacy victory for the Society, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing to add physician participation in the Partnership to Improve Dementia Care and Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) in the nursing home to the list of approved Merit Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) approved...

July 28, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has unveiled a data tool that features interactive maps for market saturation and utilization of several health care services, including skilled nursing facilities, hospices and long-term care hospitals, at the national, state and county level.

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July 28, 2017

On July 21, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that updates payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) on or after...