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September 22, 2020
Even with long-term care (LTC) facility residents in quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, falls continue to be a concern. Impaired mobility, the use of psychotropic drugs, anxiety, depression, and orthostatic hypotension all have been shown to...
September 21, 2020
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service’s response to a highly anticipated report by the Coronavirus Commission on Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes has been disappointing for one long-term care provider advocacy group . The 186-page...
September 18, 2020
Columbia, MD – The administration’s Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes has released its final report, featuring 27 recommendations in the following 10 areas: testing and screening, equipment and PPE, cohorting, visitation...
September 15, 2020
JAMDA – The Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, is pleased to welcome two new senior associate editors to the editorial team: Eleanor (Ellie) McConnell, PhD, RN, and Joseph E. Gaugler, PhD. Both bring critical strengths that reflect...
September 8, 2020
Dr. Karl Steinberg has been a hospice and nursing home medical director in San Diego County for 25 years. He is president-elect of AMDA — The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine — and vice president of National POLST. Dr. Steinberg is...
August 26, 2020
WASHINGTON -- An interim final rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that requires all Medicare-certified nursing homes test their staff for COVID-19 is drawing mixed reviews from the homes. "The pandemic has already cost...
August 25, 2020
The potentially deadly confluence of a raging Covid-19 pandemic and the upcoming flu season is prompting growing calls for states to require influenza vaccinations for all nursing home health-care personnel. The nation’s 15,000-plus nursing homes...
August 19, 2020
AMDA leaders have long advocated for the widespread use of telemedicine in post-acute and long-term care (PALTC). In 2019, for example, they met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill to advocate for regulations and reimbursement to extend the use of...
August 13, 2020
Researchers from the University of California, Davis documented in the August issue of JAMDA the impact of Music and Memory SM (M&M), a non-pharmacological intervention, on nursing home residents with dementia. The Impact of Music and Memory on...
August 9, 2020
The Trump administration is gambling that a new generation of fast, cheap coronavirus tests can bring the U.S. outbreak under control. The challenge now is getting enough of these tests to pursue that strategy. The rapid antigen tests, which hunt...