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June 1, 2017

PHOENIX — A common complaint from health care providers, team members, and patients is the difficulty in establishing real human connections among them. When health care is doled out in 15-minute increments and the provider spends more time entering data in the electronic health record than looking the patient in the eye, it’s time to “step...

June 1, 2017

PHOENIX — The new payroll-based journal (PBJ) system developed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to determine the staffing component ratings in the Five-Star Quality Rating System will likely be “a huge change, [resulting in] a more comprehensive and more accurate” look at a facility’s staffing, Ashkan Javaheri, MD, CMD, said...

June 1, 2017

PHOENIX — The Five-Star Quality Rating System that is tightening networks and driving referrals and reimbursement is also giving certified medical directors the opportunity to “shine” and to meaningfully influence the quality of care in their facilities, Sabine von Preyss-Friedman, MD, CMD, said at the Annual Conference of AMDA – the Society...

June 1, 2017

PHOENIX — The House of Delegates (HoD) of AMDA — the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine tackled a full agenda at its meeting during the Annual Conference. “We had deep but thoughtful debate about important topics in post-acute and long-term care ... Our delegates bring diverse perspectives and opinions on these topics, and...

June 1, 2017

Instances of schizophrenia being newly diagnosed in long-term care residents with dementia who had been receiving antipsychotic medications — seemingly to have such antipsychotic usage exempted from a Nursing Home Compare quality measure — led AMDA – the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine and nine other organizations to issue a...

June 1, 2017

After tweaking my back recently, I gained a new appreciation for the difficulties associated with pain and functional dependence, and a greater and more organic empathy for many of my nursing home residents and other patients who require assistance with their basic activities of daily living — often permanently.

June 1, 2017

PHOENIX — Author Peter Hanson, MD, put stress in perspective for his audience here at the AMDA — the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine Annual Conference.

June 1, 2017

PHOENIX — Although the celebration was understated, the 40th anniversary of AMDA – the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine served to remind post-acute and long-term care practitioners at Saturday’s general session of the Annual Conference how far the organization has come.

May 31, 2017

Sarcopenia was recently recognized as an independent condition by an International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification code, and is a frequently observed comorbidity in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Muscle mass is primarily dictated by the balance between protein degradation and synthesis, but their...