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Health Policy
February 14, 2019

AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine joined the American Medical Association and more than 100 national and state medical societies asking Congress to ease the burden on patients as potential legislation is developed to provide relief from health care costs that patients’ insurance will not cover.

In a letter sent to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) and Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-TX), the groups urged them to consider several policies to combat...

Navigating PA/LTC
February 13, 2019

Executive Director Chris Laxton discusses the society’s opioid policies.



The Society's opioid policies

Pain Management Task Force draft report

November 26, 2018

Post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) facilities increasingly are seeing patients with opioid addiction and other substance use disorders. Some are older adults—more like the traditional PALTC patients--and some are younger patients with various clinical needs and comorbidities. Yet, all share a need for focused care and efforts to get them on the road to recovery.

At the Society’s Meet the Experts breakfast, scheduled for March 9, 2019, during the annual conference in Atlanta, Michael Fingerhood, MD, will...

Navigating PA/LTC
October 24, 2018


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Clinical Alerts
September 7, 2018

FDA updates warnings for fluoroquinolone antibiotics on risks of mental health and low blood sugar adverse reactions at

 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Recently Strengthened its Black Box Warning About Fluoroquinolone Use

 Appropriate fluoroquinolone prescribing is important for patient safety. A recent...

August 8, 2018


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“We appreciate the opportunity to work with the Society and post-acute and long-term care [PALTC] practitioners,” says Stephanie Davis, MS, RD, chief of the LTC Certification & Enforcement Branch at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), about the upcoming webinar, “Utilization of Civil Monetary...

July 23, 2018


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Traveling the globe as an ambassador of post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) is a source of great pride for Society President Cari Levy, MD, PhD, CMD. As she plans to speak at and attend the Nursing Home Research International Working Group Conference in Rome, Italy, this September, she says: “Our role is to interact...

Health Policy
June 21, 2018

Last week, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar responded to a number of Alternative Payment Model (APM) proposals recommended by the Physician-Focused Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC). While the secretary felt very positive about PTAC’s work, he rejected the proposals that were submitted. He noted that the majority of recommendations were for “limited-scale” testing and lacked enough data to estimate costs and savings or the size of penalties that doctors would have to pay for poor performance. Despite the overall negative response, Secretary Azar expressed...

April 25, 2018


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Traditional advance directives like the living will and power of attorney express patient choices in general terms for their medical care. More recent directives, such as physician order for life-sustaining treatment (POLST), are actually medical order sets for reflecting what the patient's preferences for care...

April 10, 2018
In this podcast, Suzanne M. Gillespie MD, RD, CMD, FACP, AGSF is Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics/Aging and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Gillespie is Associate Chief of Staff for Geriatric Extended Care – Rehabilitation and Medical Director of the Community Living Center at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center. 

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