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February 23, 2018
Two editorials in the February issue of JAMDA look at the physician’s role in assisted living (AL) communities and potential changes to ensure quality care in those settings. Both editorials note that there needs to be physician involvement in the...
February 5, 2018
With multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) affecting as many as 1 in 3 residents, nursing homes are under growing pressure to prioritize antibiotic stewardship. However, according to an article in the February issue of JAMDA , there are still...
January 2, 2018
In recent years, medical cannabis has become legal in many states and the District of Columbia, and both practitioners and patients are reporting health benefits as well as comfort care benefits from using controlled forms and dosages of the...
December 4, 2017
AMDA – the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine is pleased to announce its eligibility to provide American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification credits. The Society’s educational programs that will offer ABIM...
November 29, 2017
Patients are coming to nursing homes (NHs) today ‘sicker and sooner’ than ever before. Hospitals are under growing pressure to shorten lengths of stay, and NHs are seeing patients with more comorbid conditions, more serious illnesses, and greater...
November 13, 2017
Antibiotic resistance is a global health crisis. National efforts to improve the use of antibiotics include changes made by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services (CMS) to the Requirements of Participation for Long-Term Care Facilities,...
October 31, 2017
A key component of the culture change movement in post-acute and long-term care (PA/LTC), which started in the 1980s, is person-centered care (PCC). Proponents of PPC have long held that this type of care leads to improved quality of life (QOL), and...
October 2, 2017
Data from sensor systems can be an effective strategy to help staff to detect and promptly address early signs of illness and/or functional decline in assisted living (AL) community residents, according to a study in the October issue of JAMDA . In...
August 30, 2017
While many post-acute and long-term care (PA/LTC) facilities use animals such as dogs and cats to help improve mood and manage dementia symptoms in residents, it isn’t always practical to have live animals onsite. A new open-access study in the...
August 29, 2017
Ensuring that patients’ wishes about their care are respected has long been a priority for post-acute and long-term care (PA/LTC) practitioners. “ Standardizing Protection of Patients' Rights From POLST to MOELI (Medical Orders for End-of-Life...