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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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January 4, 2018

In our first podcastAMDA-On-The-Go host, Dr. Wayne Saltsman, MD, PhD, CMD, FACP, interviews Dr. Cari Levy, MD, PhD, CMD. The topic of discussion is the JAMDA article "Effects of Legal Access to Cannabis on Scheduled II–V Drug Prescriptions". Dr. Levi also discusses her first-hand experience with PALTC patients in Colorado and the need for further research in Cannabis use among...

Pressure Ulcer Teaching Slides for Nurses These teaching slides are created for nurses caring for patients in the PA/LTC setting. The slides are presented in an easy to learn format identifying patients at risk, locations of pressure ulcers, early...
January 26, 2018

This week the Senate voted 55-43 to confirm Alex Azar as the new Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary. Mr. Azar was most recently the President of the U.S. division of Eli Lilly and Company and a member of the Board of Directors for the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, a pharmaceutical lobby. Prior to those roles, Azar served as the Deputy Secretary of HHS under President George W. Bush for two years.

Azar has been a critic of the Affordable Care Act and is in favor of giving states greater authority over Medicaid. He has also supported more mandatory Medicare payment...

January 26, 2018

This week, the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act (S. 1028), was signed into law by President Trump. The bill requires the development of a national strategy that would identify specific actions that government, communities, providers, employers, and others can take to recognize and support family caregivers. The bi-partisan legislation was introduced by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI).

The RAISE Family Caregivers Act directs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish a National Family Caregiving...

January 26, 2018


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Janice Phillips, (pictured at left with Dr. Steinberg) President of the Residents’ Council at a skilled nursing facility in San Marcos...

January 12, 2018


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The time has come, and the Society’s We Are PA/LTC campaign is live! The We Are PA/LTC campaign is a public...

December 15, 2017

This week the House and Senate leaders reached a deal on the Tax Reform legislation. The compromise bill repeals the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate and keeps the medical expense deduction. The bill is expected to lower the medical expense deduction threshold to 7.5 percent of income rather than completely getting rid of it like the House had proposed.

The Society joined many other stakeholders in sending letters to House and Senate leadership highlighting concerns with the individual mandate repeal and eliminating the medical expense deduction. The Society also expressed...