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May 11, 2018

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Spotlight: Patient Pattern Rises to Top of Shark Tank

Steven Buslovich, MD, MSHCPM, is not just a geriatrician. He says, some call him a “born geriatrician.” So it’s only fitting that someone so passionate about his work would develop innovative technology to improve quality of care for frail...

Podcasts
May 2, 2018

This podcast features a roundtable discussion with University of Maryland Nurse Practitoner Doctoral candidates: Nadia Khan, MPH, BSN, RN, Lauren Meekins, RN, and Venessa Ohakam, NP.

Template for an Antibiotic Stewardship Policy for PALTC Settings

  1. Daneman, et. al., “Variability in antibiotic use across nursing homes and the risk of antibiotic-related adverse outcomes for individual residents”, JAMA Int Med, 2015
  2. “Nursing homes need improved antibiotic stewardship”, News from
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Podcasts
May 12, 2018

In this podcast, Kamal Wagle, MD, MPH, CMD; Dheeraj Mahajan, MD, CMD, and John Derr, RPh discuss deprescribing, patient cost, the 'prescription cascade', and the complexities of controlling prescriptions thru the spectrum of patient care.

  1. Papanicolas, et. al., “Health care spending in the United States and other high-income countries”, Special Communication, JAMA, 2018
  2. Ezekiel Emanuel, “The real cost of the US health care system”, Editorial, JAMA, 2018
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Health Policy
May 10, 2018

This week, the House Energy & Commerce Committee passed 25 opioid related pieces of legislation to the floor of the House of Representatives. This was just the first of two mark-up hearings the committee will have on whether to send more than 50 opioid bills to the floor in total.

One of the bills that passed this week included H.R. 3528, The Every Prescription Conveyed Securely Act. The bill would require e-prescribing for coverage of prescription drugs that are controlled substance under Medicare Part D. When the bill was initially brought to the committee it did not...

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May 10, 2018

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Steven Buslovich, MD, MSHCPM, is not just a geriatrician. Some, he says, call him a “born geriatrician.” So it’s only fitting that someone so passionate about his work would develop...

Weekly Roundup
May 8, 2018

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Spotlight: From Stressful to Successful: Webinar Promotes Win-Win Care Planning Talks

An upcoming Society webinar, set

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DR. JAGGARD DISCUSSES ADVANCE CARE PLANNING ADVANCE CARE PLANNING (ACP) SERIES A valuable tool in assisting patients and their families in navigating the decisions required for advance care planning in the long-term care, assisted living and other...
Health Policy
May 3, 2018

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced this week the appointment of 28 members to the new Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force (Task Force).

The Task Force was established to propose updates to best practices and issue recommendations that address gaps or inconsistencies for managing chronic and acute pain. HHS is overseeing this effort with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Department of Defense.

The Task Force, which was authorized by section 101 of the ...

Health Policy
May 3, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule on April 27, 2018 to overhaul the payment system for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). The rule would update the payment rates used under the prospective payment system (PPS) for SNFs during fiscal year (FY) 2019 and replace the existing case-mix classification methodology, the Resource Utilization Groups, Version IV (RUG-IV) model, with a revised case-mix methodology called the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM)...

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May 3, 2018

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Think about having a difficult conversation with someone where they may get upset or angry. It makes you tense and anxious just thinking about it. An upcoming Society webinar is designed to ease this stress and make difficult conversations—at least those about “Advance Care Planning in Long-Term Care”—easier and less stressful. Co-...