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August 19, 2019
It's easy enough for a doctor on an app to prescribe a birth control pill or an antibiotic. But try getting one to virtually examine your sick mom in a nursing home. Chances are, she'll end up instead being sent to the hospital, where bad problems...
August 19, 2019
Three rural skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) using the Reducing Avoidable Facility Transfers (RAFT) model saw emergency department (ED) trips from their facilities to hospitals decline “substantially,” and they also recorded a reduction in some...
August 15, 2019
If INTERACT used to be the Tom Cruise of the long-term care world, then RAFT is Chris Hemsworth. Reducing Avoidable Facility Transfers (RAFT), like the actor who plays Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, may have been originally dismissed as just...
August 14, 2019
The Reducing Avoidable Facility Transfers (RAFT) model reduced emergency department transfers and hospitalizations among skilled nursing facility residents by more than a third, according to a study in the August issue of the Journal of the American...
August 13, 2019
A transfer to the Emergency Department (ED) can be lifesaving for frail elders, but it also poses a risk for increased suffering and debility. In addition, studies have shown that many ED transfers from skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) are both...
August 7, 2019
Use of telemedicine can decrease emergency department use by independent living and assisted living residents for their acute illnesses, according to a study newly published in the Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine . The researchers...
August 6, 2019
Telemedicine and telehealth efforts are gaining traction as a way to help avoid emergency department (ED) transfers and office visits by older adults. Now, a new study in the August issue of JAMDA concludes that telemedicine in senior living...
August 6, 2019
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The 30th annual Annual Brevard County Long Term Care Symposium, sponsored by VITAS Healthcare, is set for Nov. 6 at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place and is presented by the Brevard County Medical Directors Association...
July 25, 2019
A new study released in JAMDA says at least one type of cognitive behavioral intervention to help elders with a fear of falling after a hip fracture may not work any better than “usual” care in reducing such anxiety. The report said a fear of...
July 24, 2019
A fear of falling (FoF) is common after a hip fracture and can impede functional recovery. Despite advances in acute care and post-acute rehabilitation services provided for hip fracture patients, long-term functional recovery after this event...