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Health Policy
February 21, 2019

AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care (PALTC) Medicine’s 2019 Annual Conference, March 7-10 in Atlanta, GA, is the only place to get the latest clinical developments in geriatric medicine, best practices in medical direction, policy/regulatory updates, opportunities for networking and socializing, and much more.

The conference’s practice management sessions will explore the business and clinical leadership...

Health Policy
February 21, 2019

On October 1, 2019, the new Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) is replacing Resource Utilization Group, Version IV for the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Prospective Payment System (PPS). Based on stakeholder feedback, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) revised resources on the PDPM webpage to help you prepare for implementation, including:

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Health Policy
February 21, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will hold a call on Tuesday, March 12, from 1:30 to 3 PM on the Dementia Care & Psychotropic Medication Tracking Tool. During this call, you’ll be able to gain insight on this free, publicly available electronic tool that facilitates a structured approach to tracking preference-based care and psychotropic medication use among residents living with dementia.

You’ll also learn about a recently released ...

JAMDA
February 20, 2019

To compare the efficacy of acupressure with sham acupressure in older-adult nursing home residents presenting with poor sleep quality and psychological distress.

JAMDA
February 20, 2019

“The embrace of a 4-year-old child can work wonders on the health of the older adult.” This was one of the most consistent findings of Cosas de la Edad (“A Matter of Age”), a televised social health intervention and one of few attempts to quantify the impact of intergenerational interaction.

JAMDA
February 20, 2019

Falls result in significant morbidity and mortality among older adults and are a concern in ageing populations. There has been evidence that socioeconomic status (SES) predicts postfall outcome; worse postfall survival has been associated with lower education,1 lower income,2 and neighborhood deprivation.2 As a small urbanized country, we were interested to evaluate if SES, at both individual and neighborhood levels, was similarly associated with postfall survival in the older adults of our population.

Spotlight
February 18, 2019

Research is important but not always exciting. However, a session at the annual conference focused on research will not only be “fun and engaging,” says JAMDA co-editor-in-chief Sheryl Zimmerman, PhD, but participants will come away as better consumers of academic literature. They will even have some new skills that they can use to write their own research paper or to review articles for JAMDA–something that would make a notable contribution to the Society and post-acute/long-term care (PALTC) medicine.

“How to Read and Review Research Papers” is set for Friday,...

JAMDA
February 18, 2019

This study examined the association between frailty development and physical activity including the number of steps, the time of light-intensity physical activity (LPA) with

JAMDA
February 15, 2019

Influenza is a leading cause of avoidable admissions for nursing home (NH) residents. We previously evaluated the effectiveness of a high-dose trivalent influenza vaccine (HD) compared to a standard-dose influenza vaccine (SD) through a cluster-randomized trial of NH residents. Fewer residents from facilities randomized to HD were hospitalized. In this article, we extend our analyses to consider direct medical care costs relative to vaccine costs for HD ($31.82/dose) as compared to SD ($12.04/dose).

Weekly Roundup
February 15, 2019

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Many cities claim to have something for everyone, but Atlanta delivers on that promise. Society members coming to the city for next month’s annual conference will find something just right for them.

“We are thrilled to have our colleagues from...