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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...
August 1, 2020
​A recent report in JAMDA offers new expert consensus recommendations for managing COVID-19 in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) with a focus on addressing screening of residents and staff, management of COVID-19 positive and presumed positive cases...
July 27, 2020
The new rapid Covid-19 antigen tests being sent to thousands of U.S. nursing homes in high-infection areas have a troubling flaw: They provide false negative results for about 15% of infected people. As nursing home infections climb once again due...
July 23, 2020
An article in the July issue of JAMDA details new expert consensus recommendations for managing COVID-19 in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). Specifically, the document addresses screening of residents and staff, management of COVID-19 positive and...
July 21, 2020
For all of its tragic outcomes, COVID-19 “presents an opportunity to do things differently and looking more systematically at large-scale solutions to care for older adults,” Christopher Laxton, executive director of AMDA – The Society for Post-...
July 20, 2020
To improve the coronavirus problem in nursing homes, federal policy must be proactive, not reactive, and supportive, not punitive. So say managing physicians in nursing facilities. In “Solving the COVID-19 Crisis in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care,” a...
July 17, 2020
The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine - AMDA - and National POLST said AMDA has become the first national organization to formally support the adoption of a national POLST (Physican Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) form. POLST...