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September 7, 2018

FDA updates warnings for fluoroquinolone antibiotics on risks of mental health and low blood sugar adverse reactions at https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm612995.htm

 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...

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August 8, 2018

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“We appreciate the opportunity to work with the Society and post-acute and long-term care [PA/LTC] 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...

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July 23, 2018

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Traveling the globe as an ambassador of post-acute and long-term care (PA/LTC) 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...

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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...

Podcasts
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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Podcasts
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...
Health Policy
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...