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August 6, 2020

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AMDA and its members have long been working on improving care transitions between nursing homes and the hospital emergency room (ER). There have been dozens of articles, webinars, and program sessions on the topic. There is even a Transitions of Care (ToC) clinical practice...

Policy Snapshot
August 6, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its Proposed Rule Revisions to Payment Policies under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, Quality Payment Program and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 202.

Included in the fee schedule were a number of telehealth provisions that either extended current waivers under the public health emergency or added new services. Of note, CMS is proposing to revise its long-standing policy on frequency of subsequent nursing facility visits via telehealth. They say:

In response to...

Policy Snapshot
August 6, 2020

The July 2020 Nursing Home Compare refresh is available, including quality measure results based on Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program data. Visit the Nursing Home Compare website to view the data.

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Policy Snapshot
August 6, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule [CMS-1737-F] for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 that updates the Medicare payment rates and the value-based purchasing program for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). The rule included an increase net market basket of 2.2%. CMS estimates it would increase Medicare SMF payment by almost $750 million in FY 2021.

CMS is finalizing changes to the ICD-10 code mappings, effective October 1, 2020. CMS encourages stakeholders to continue to provide this essential feedback on the ICD-10 code mappings so that they may continue...

JAMDA
August 6, 2020

There is currently no accurate profile of the economic burden of dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), particularly any examination of the direct medical costs of DLB by the number of affected clinical domains. Understanding how trends in the use of healthcare resources evolve as DLB progresses presents opportunities for the development of earlier and more appropriate interventions.

JAMDA
August 5, 2020

There is increasing evidence that muscle volume and mass are poor predictors of muscle strength and physical performance. Other assessments of muscle quality such as skeletal muscle density measured by computed tomography (CT) may be more important. The aim of this study was to explore associations of muscle size and density with handgrip strength (HGS) and the Timed Up and Go test (TUG). We also hypothesized that the strength of these associations would depend on the specific muscle of muscle group, namely trunk, hip, and mid-thigh muscles.

JAMDA
August 5, 2020

Sarcopenia Definitions and Outcomes Consortium (SDOC) provides cut-points based on muscle weakness (low grip strength) and slowness (poor gait speed) for low-risk populations; however, it is unknown if these criteria apply to high-risk populations. We examined the association between SDOC criteria and important health status indicators in high-risk older persons.

JAMDA
August 5, 2020

Physical activity is associated with improvement in overall health and well-being, but robust evidence with comprehensive assessment of general health is lacking. This study aimed to clarify the effects of physical activity on intrinsic capacity among community-dwelling older adults with subjective memory concerns.

JAMDA
August 5, 2020

To examine the incremental value of sarcopenia components, following the diagnosis algorithm of the Asian consensus, on predicting adverse outcomes.

JAMDA
August 4, 2020

There are a few studies showing how nutritional parameters are affected according to dementia subtypes. The aim of this study was to compare the parameters characterizing nutritional status and micronutrient levels according to different dementia subtypes.