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July 9, 2020
JULY 2020 Karl Steinberg, MD, CMD The COVID-19 pandemic has been a nightmare for everyone associated with nursing facilities, with the most severe devastation landing on their residents. Outbreaks have wiped out a large swath of these precious,...
July 6, 2020
The first national organization to officially endorse the adoption of a national Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form has emerged. AMDA — The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine announced Thursday that its board...
July 6, 2020
A nationally recognizable Physician’s Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment form would give seriously ill or frail seniors the ability to communicate treatment preferences across care settings, according to the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term...
July 2, 2020
Columbia, MD, and Washington, DC – AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine and National POLST are excited to announce that AMDA is the first national organization to formally endorse and support the adoption of a national POLST...
June 29, 2020
WASHINGTON — The outbreak of COVID-19 has in many ways been the ultimate test for David Nace, who has dedicated his academic research and professional career to protecting residents in long-term care facilities from infection. © Provided by...
June 24, 2020
Reducing antipsychotic use in nursing homes is an ongoing priority for clinicians and their teams. A study in the June issue of JAMDA suggests that substantial improvements in the use of these drugs may be achieved through targeted, collaborative...
June 23, 2020
Older adults are among the most vulnerable populations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, accounting for eight out of 10 deaths from the virus in the United States, according to the CDC. Nursing homes, in particular, have experienced a high burden...
June 17, 2020
Training practitioners about advance care planning (ACP) for patients with dementia significantly increased the incidence of ACP conversations and the number of medical and non-medical preferences discussed, according to a study in the June issue of...
June 16, 2020
Testing a nursing home resident for COVID-19 more than once in a 24-hour period is not being encouraged by the federal government under updated guidance. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over the weekend released consolidated...
June 9, 2020
On June 3, my nursing home reached a milestone: Our last known COVID-19 patient was released from quarantine, marking, we hope, the end of the crisis that overtook us in March. But we aren’t celebrating. The state Department of Health soon arrived...