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June 18, 2018

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The National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention (ADE Action Plan) has tools and resources to help practitioners prevent ADEs and improve the quality of life for their patients. Dr. Donna Lisi and Nicole Skyer-Brandwene, MS, RPh, BCPS, CCP, will discuss that during a June 27 Society webinar...

June 16, 2018

To compare the diagnostic performance of computerized and paper-and-pencil memory tests in detection of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia.

June 16, 2018

Age-related changes in balance control combined with inactivity can lead to decreased physical performance resulting in increased risk of falling for many elderly people.1 Physical training exerts several beneficial effects in the elderly people including improvement in muscle strength and body coordination, thus, reducing the risk of falls.2,3 However, poor adherence to exercise, especially in the long term, represents a problematic issue in the elderly people. New strategies to quickly improve gait and balance control in the elderly people are needed.

June 16, 2018

Due to nursing home (NH) regulatory and payment changes emphasizing person-centered care and value-based payment,1,2 we conducted a follow-up of a 2009–2010 survey3 to understand NH practice changes. In particular, our focus was on understanding NH culture change (CC) practices aimed at advancing person-centered care and deinstitutionalizing NHs.4,5 Unlike the 2009–2010 survey of directors of nursing (DONs) and NH administrators (NHAs), this follow-up survey's budget could only accommodate responses from 1 survey recipient at a facility.

June 16, 2018

Two recent editorials in JAMDA highlighted the increasing health care needs of residents in assisted living (AL) communities. Katz et al addressed the need for more physician presence in AL,1 and Resnick and colleagues recognized that nurses play an important role in AL care.2 This letter provides data to suggest the benefit of providing onsite medical care to AL residents.

June 15, 2018

At its Annual House of Delegates (HoD) meeting, the American Medical Association (AMA) passed policy to develop post-acute/long-term care (PA/LTC)-specific alternative payment models (APMs). Rajeev Kumar, MD, CMD, the Society’s delegate to the AMA, brought the resolution forward and testified, asking for the AMA to advocate for a PA-only type model within the Advanced Bundled Payment for Care Initiative (BPCI). Rather than adopting that policy, the AMA Council on Medical Service recommended that AMA work with interested specialty societies to develop PA/LTC-specific APMs. The exact...

June 15, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is tracking the progress of the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes by reviewing publicly reported measures. The official measure of the Partnership is the percentage of long-stay nursing home residents who receive antipsychotic medication, excluding residents diagnosed with schizophrenia, Huntington's disease, or Tourette’s syndrome. In the...

June 15, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a technical report to provide additional details on the empirical analyses that were considered when developing and finalizing the logistic exchange function that will be used to translate Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) performance scores into incentive payments for the Skilled Nursing Facility Value-Based Purchasing (SNF VBP) Program. CMS has adopted the logistic exchange function as the method that will be used to translate SNF performance scores into value-based incentive payments beginning in October 2018 (FY 2019)....

June 15, 2018

Although some progress has been made in efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate the crisis is not slowing down. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a roadmap outlining efforts to address this issue of national concern. In this roadmap, they detail their three-pronged approach to combating the opioid epidemic, focusing on:

  • Prevention of new cases of opioid use
  • ...
June 15, 2018

Thursday, June 21 from 2 to 3 pm ET

Register    for Medicare Learning Network events.

During this call, learn more about the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (...