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July 28, 2021
More prescriptions do not necessarily mean better health outcomes. Deprescribing, which is the planned and supervised process of intentionally stopping a medication or reducing its dose, is a critically important part of delivering safe, effective,...
July 28, 2021
Nursing-home residents could be vulnerable to serious infection as many health care workers remain unvaccinated. But even as the White House looks at vaccine requirements for federal employees, lawmakers and experts expressed doubts about the...
July 14, 2021
COVID-19 vaccinations should be mandatory for U.S. long-term care and other healthcare workers, according to long-term care physicians and a full range of other clinical specialists. A group of experts from seven professional organizations on...
July 1, 2021
The Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab (Aduhelm) should not be prescribed to nursing home residents before it is tested in a group that’s representative of that population, long-term care physicians argue. Although aducanumab has been studied in...
June 24, 2021
Nursing homes need to change how they manage and treat chronic pain, shifting from an approach that favors immediate prescribing of opioids to a multi-pronged team approach, according to a new study. The study, published in the Journal of Post-Acute...
June 22, 2021
An industry effort to vaccinate 75% of nursing home staff against Covid-19 by July 1 appears to be faltering as continued employee hesitancy, declining infection and death rates, and general pandemic fatigue are making it tough to sustain the...
June 16, 2021
The past 16 months of the COVID-19 pandemic have exacted an enormous toll on the nearly 1 million certified nursing assistants (CNAs) who care for and protect our nation’s nursing home residents. These dedicated workers have put in long hours;...
June 8, 2021
In a landmark decision, the Food and Drug administration has approved the Alzheimer’s disease drug aducanumab (Brand name: Aduhelm). The decision sets the stage for it to become the first-ever drug marketed to slow progression of the brain-wasting...
June 7, 2021
By Paula Span June 7, 2021, 10:00 a.m. ET The last straw, for Leslie Hawkins, was her mother’s 93rd-birthday gathering in 2018. Her mother, Mary E. Harrison, had long contended with multiple health problems, including diabetes and the nerve pain it...
May 7, 2021
AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine is challenging industry clinicians and operators to get on board with a new deprescribing campaign that aims at 25% medication reduction in long-stay residents. Combined prescribing data...