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September 19, 2019

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When the Society’s Board of Directors headed to Washington, DC, for Hill Day on September 5, a photo of the group captured the event perfectly. The smiling team exuded enthusiasm, energy, and confidence.

When Society President Arif Nazir, MD, FACP, CMD,...

JAMDA
September 17, 2019

To assess the 30-day mortality predictive markers in the oldest patients with Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI) and to analyze the accuracy of the European severity risk markers in this population.

JAMDA
September 16, 2019

Recently, there have been several publications advocating for an expansive role for nursing homes (NHs) in the Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC). The rationale for this effort is the problem of high rates of 30-day readmissions from NHs and a disproportionate percentage of residents with a diagnosis of sepsis in emergency departments. This article provides a brief history of the SSC and the evolution of the definition of sepsis and of the timing of interventions that make up a “sepsis bundle.” Screening tools for sepsis that may be used in the NH setting are discussed.

JAMDA
September 16, 2019

To describe the pattern of health care providers' advice on lifestyle modification to older adults, and identify correlates of receiving such advice.

JAMDA
September 16, 2019

To determine whether antibiograms for Veterans Affairs (VA) nursing homes (NHs), termed Community Living Centers, are similar to those from their affiliated acute care medical centers.

Spotlight
September 12, 2019

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When Joseph Mwesige, MD, MPH, CMD first heard about the Foundation for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care (PALTC) Medicine’s Futures Program in 2016, he knew he wanted to participate. However, without the scholarship he received, his attendance wouldn’t have been possible, which...

Policy Snapshot
September 12, 2019

The Society is hosting a webinar, Patient Driven Payment Model [PDPM] Question and Answer Forum, on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM ET. Society PDPM experts will be available to answer any and all questions you have regarding the upcoming PDPM implementation set to begin on October 1, 2019. Click here for more information and to register for the event.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) also has videos to help you prepare:

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September 12, 2019

Last week the Society joined other national and state medical societies in supporting the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act of 2019 (H.R. 3107), which was recently introduced by Reps. Suzan DelBene (D-WA); Mike Kelly (R-PA); Roger Marshall, MD (R-KS); and Ami Bera, MD (D-CA). The bill would improve delivery of care by streamlining and standardizing prior authorization in Medicare Advantage (MA), while also providing much needed oversight and transparency of health insurance for America’s seniors.

Prior authorization is a tool used by insurers to reduce spending...

Policy Snapshot
September 12, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted new 2019 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) resources on the Quality Payment Program (QPP) Resource Library webpage:

  • User Guides: These highlight information on participation, data submission, and scoring for the following topics: 101
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Policy Snapshot
September 12, 2019

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released four new fact sheets that encourage patients and doctors to discuss pain management options and the potential risks of opioid medication. Information includes:

  • What patients can expect if they are taking opioids
  • Guidance on safer use
  • Prompts for a doctor-patient discussion of treatment goals and plans
  • Non-pharmacologic and non-opioid medication options for pain management

The fact sheets cover the important questions and information you should cover when you talk to...