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August 17, 2018

AMDA Policy Statement on Influenza Vaccination of Health Care Personnel
These recommendations are based on strong evidence showing a reduction in morbidity and mortality among residents when HCP are appropriately vaccinated against influenza.

Guidance for Developing an Influenza Vaccination Requirement Policy for HCP in LTCF
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August 16, 2018

Live Webinar: MACRA MIPS and APMs: Current Requirements and Proposed Changes

Date: Thursday, August 23, 2018

Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm Eastern

Speakers: Benjamin Chin; Brittany LaCouture; Molly MacHarris

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Senior Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) officials will present a webinar on August 23 (2:00 - 3:30 pm Eastern Time) detailing requirements of the 2018 Quality Payment Program (QPP) as well as the proposed changes for the 2019 program. Free...

August 16, 2018

On August 9, CMS issued a proposed rule that would set a new direction for the Medicare Shared Savings Program. Referred to as “Pathways to Success,” this proposed new direction for the program would redesign the participation options available to:

  • Encourage Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) to transition to two-sided models (in which they may share in savings and are accountable for repaying shared losses)
  • Increase savings for the trust funds and mitigate losses
  • Reduce gaming opportunity and increase program integrity
  • Promote regulatory
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August 16, 2018

CMS updated the Quality Payment Program Participation Status Tool to include 2018 Qualifying Alternative Payment Model (APM) Participant (QP) and Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) APM status. The tool is updated based on calculations from Medicare Part B claims with dates of service between January 1 and March 31, 2018.

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August 16, 2018

The aim of this study is to demonstrate the ability of the basal metabolic rate (BMR) to detect frailty and sarcopenia in older males.

August 16, 2018

Older patients residing in institutions, who are predisposed to frequent hospitalizations, invasive procedures, and repeated antibiotic use, are at higher risk for bacterial infections. The most common infection in a long-term care facility (LTCF) is an urinary tract infection (UTI) mainly caused by multidrug-resistant (MDR) gram-negative rods (GNR).1–6 Our objectives were to characterize antimicrobials susceptibility patterns of LTCF residents hospitalized with bacteremia acquired at LTCF and examine the adequacy of empiric antibiotic treatment and outcome.

August 15, 2018

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Anemia is a common problem in post-acute and long-term care (PA/LTC) that often gets ignored or dismissed. T.S. Dharmarajan, MD, MACP, AGSF, wants to change that. “Anemia isn’t an illness, rather an indicator of an underlying disorder. It is a common problem that will not get better on its own. If you identify anemia,...

August 11, 2018

Falls in hospitals lead to adverse patient outcomes and prevention of falls is of upmost importance. Little is known about fall and injury rates in chronic care facilities, which are similar to skilled nursing facilities in the United States. Current fall risk tools in this setting are not well studied. Enhancing the understanding of how patient characteristics relate to fall circumstances is also needed.

August 11, 2018

Perform a systematic review to evaluate the outcome of deprescription compared with standard care. The focus was on chronic medical and mental health conditions managed in primary care.

August 11, 2018

Short successive periods of skeletal muscle disuse have been suggested to substantially contribute to the observed loss of skeletal muscle mass over the life span. Hospitalization of older individuals due to acute illness, injury, or major surgery generally results in a mean hospital stay of 5 to 7 days, during which the level of physical activity is strongly reduced. We hypothesized that hospitalization following elective total hip arthroplasty is accompanied by substantial leg muscle atrophy in older men and women.