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October 16, 2018
A panel of experts has pinpointed new indicators to help measure the quality of primary care delivered in nursing homes. The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care, or AMDA, notes that current quality measures for this space focus on facility...
October 15, 2018
Nursing home residents on the verge of death are increasingly receiving intense levels of rehabilitation therapy in their final weeks and days, raising questions about whether such services are helpful or simply a lucrative source of revenue. That...
October 15, 2018
Many, if not most, existing quality measures for nursing home care reflect facility processes and characteristics, which are not designed to evaluate the primary care provider’s (PCP) role in this setting. A new study in the October issue of JAMDA...
October 12, 2018
Assisted living organizations and other long-term care employers should mandate flu vaccination for staff members and make vaccination a condition of employment for workers, according to experts convened by the Gerontological Society of America’s...
September 25, 2018
Antibiograms are important clinical tools to help guide antimicrobial therapy and support antibiotic stewardship. However, it is challenging for long-term care facilities (LTCFs) to create antibiograms due to the low number of bacterial isolates...
September 12, 2018
Dysphagia, marked by impaired swallowing, is a common problem in nursing homes, and typical signs of aging such as sarcopenia contribute to this condition. A new study in the September issue of JAMDA identified dysphagia as an independent risk...
September 11, 2018
With the flu season looming this fall, one long-term care group is recommending mandatory vaccinations for nursing home personnel. The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, or AMDA, released its latest recommendations related to...
September 10, 2018
Listening to music appears to be more effective in reducing agitation, behavioral symptoms and anxiety for older adults with dementia than does singing or playing along with music, according to a study in the Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care...
September 6, 2018
Flu season is fast approaching. The 2017-2018 season was especially brutal for older adults, especially nursing home residents. Post-acute and long-term care (PA/LTC) settings such as nursing homes are a particularly dangerous environment for flu...
August 29, 2018
It's August. As the 2018 influenza season approaches, AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine is again encouraging post-acute and long-term care facilities to strengthen their employee immunization programs to protect their...