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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,...

Policy Snapshot
September 19, 2019

Last week the Society submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities Proposed Rule. Overall the Society supported the proposed regulatory updates, as many reflect the work being done with CMS.

CMS’ proposed rule included revisions to guidance regarding use of PRN antipsychotic medications. The Society noted that it supported these changes, which would treat PRN orders for antipsychotic medications the same as for other psychotropic medications. The current requirement limits the use to 14 days and...

September 19, 2019

September 30—Quality Payment Program: MIPS Targeted Review Request

If you participated in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2018, your performance feedback, which includes your MIPS final score and payment adjustment factor(s), is available for review on the Quality Payment Program website. If you believe an error has been made, you can request a targeted review until September 30 at 8 PM ET. The MIPS payment adjustment you will receive in 2020 is based on your final score.

For more information:...

Policy Snapshot
September 19, 2019

On behalf of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a user research firm is looking for volunteers to provide feedback on the Quality Payment Program (QPP) specific to the PY2019 preliminary scoring feedback experience. The research study will run through September 27, 2019.

If you are interested in providing feedback, please click here to schedule a 50-minute one-on-one...

JAMDA
September 19, 2019

Polypharmacy and multimorbidity is a threat to older people; hence, listing approaches should support physicians to optimize medication. The FORTA (Fit fOR The Aged) classification of drug appropriateness for older people provides positive or negative labels: A (A-bsolutely), B (B-eneficial), C (C-areful), and D (D-on't). Based on these categories, FORTA-labeled drug lists were developed in 7 European countries or regions; the same approach was used to develop a U.S.-FORTA List reflecting the country-specific availability and usage of drugs.

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.

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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...