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March 15, 2019
Industry advocates are praising proposed legislation that says patients under “observation status” at a hospital would be eligible to satisfy Medicare’s three-day requirement necessary for skilled nursing coverage. A beneficiary currently must spend...
March 13, 2019
An article in the March issue of JAMDA details how post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) clinicians, working as first responders, can promote early recognition of sepsis and help prevent hospitalizations and readmissions related to this condition...
March 13, 2019
Members of AMDA–The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine should adopt a policy of “comfort feeding” for certain residents with dementia rather than honor advance directives that indicate criteria that otherwise would trigger an order...
March 7, 2019
A group of researchers in Italy is calling management of dysphagia a priority issue for nursing homes after studying the swallowing disorder and its role in mortality. Led by Nikolina Jukic Peladic, Ph.D., of IRCCS-INRCA, a geriatric research...
February 27, 2019
Dysphagia, a difficulty swallowing liquids and/or solids, is more common in nursing homes than many realize. That’s why identifying and managing this condition should be a priority, according to a new study in the February issue of JAMDA. In “...
February 25, 2019
Assisted living communities are now the fastest-growing component of post-acute and long-term care, or PALTC, in the United States. As residents have gotten older and their health conditions more medically complex, these communities are looking more...
February 12, 2019
High blood pressure in late life is associated with cognitive impairment, according to a study published in the February issue of JAMDA. This finding reaffirms the benefit of focusing on preventing and managing high blood pressure in older adults,...
February 6, 2019
A guide out this month gives skilled nursing leaders more direction on the use of telemedicine to better treat residents. Experts with the University of Rochester School of Medicine, and several other institutions, compiled the guidance using...
January 30, 2019
​Middle-aged and older individuals who display muscle weakness and/or have a combination of muscle weakness and low vitamin D levels run an increased risk of not being able to perform activities of daily living (ADLs), such as bathing, toileting,...
January 28, 2019
The inability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs) such as bathing, toileting, and dressing negatively impacts quality of life and often leads to admission to a nursing home or other post-acute/long-term care (PALTC) setting. A study in the...