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April 16, 2019
Identifying patients in need of hospice earlier in the course of their illness is a business and moral imperative for hospice providers. Though conversations about end of life are difficult for everyone involved, including clinicians and social...
April 16, 2019
Rural patients continue to face challenges accessing adequate home health care services, supports, and resources. A new study in the April issue of JAMDA suggests that addressing this issue calls for stakeholder collaboration and comprehensive...
April 15, 2019
New data shows that patients discharged from a skilled nursing facility to home face the highest risk of readmission in the first two days after SNF discharge. KEY TAKEAWAYS Readmissions are a key financial and quality metric for hospitals. New data...
April 4, 2019
Efforts to improve quality of life, prevent falls, and improve collaboration between the hospital and the skilled nursing facility (SNF) were recognized with Quality Improvement (QI) awards during AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care...
April 4, 2019
It’s no secret that more assisted living communities are competing with skilled care operators for high-need residents. But a recent piece in the New York Times is sure to raise troubling questions about this emerging strategy. The story in question...
April 4, 2019
During the AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (AMDA) annual conference in Atlanta, GA, the Foundation for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, an affiliate of AMDA, announced the recipients of its three highest...
March 29, 2019
As residents become older and more frail, some facilities are bringing in doctors and nurses instead of relying on 911. “The assisted living industry has to recognize that the model of residents going out to see their own doctors hasn’t worked for a...
March 26, 2019
End-of-life (EOL) conversations enhance palliative care and quality-of-life efforts for nursing home residents, according to a study in the March issue of JAMDA. In “Association Between End-of-Life Conversations in Nursing Homes and End-of-Life Care...
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
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...