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JAMDA
December 9, 2018

Recently, we received a letter concerning our recently published systematic review and meta-analysis on frailty and clinical outcomes in heart failure,1 to which we responded.2 It was suggested that a detailed analysis on the effects of prefrailty, and individual frailty components, on adverse outcomes in heart failure patients would provide additional insights, with which we fully agree. We now present the follow-up meta-analyses. Using the search results of our previously published meta-analysis,1 we found that 3 studies3–5 reported prefrailty, which was defined as meeting 1 or 2 of the...

JAMDA
December 9, 2018

To explore how oral problems, chewing problems, dry mouth, and swallowing difficulties cluster and whether their burden is associated with nutritional status, eating habits, gastrointestinal symptoms, psychological well-being, and mortality among institutionalized residents.

JAMDA
December 9, 2018

To explore older adults' reasons for participating in a multinational eHealth prevention trial, and compare motivations between countries.

Weekly Roundup
December 7, 2018

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In early March, Society President Cari Levy, MD, PhD, CMD, will head to Atlanta, GA, for the 2019 annual conference. She would happily make the trip even without the title, and it all goes back to the vivid memories of her first...

Health Policy
December 6, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced actions that will bolster nursing home oversight and improve transparency in order to ensure that facilities are staffed adequately to provide high-quality care. These actions include sharing data with states when potential issues arise regarding staffing levels and the availability of on-site registered nurses; clarifying how facilities should report hours and deduct time for staff meal breaks; and providing facilities with new tools to help ensure their resident census is accurate.

Research shows the ratio of nurses...

Health Policy
December 6, 2018

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a draft strategy designed to help reduce administrative and regulatory burden on clinicians caused by the use of health information technology (health IT) such as electronic health records (EHRs).

The draft, Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health IT and EHRs, was led by the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health...

Health Policy
December 6, 2018

The Physician Compare preview period is open through December 31 at 8 PM ET. Preview your 2017 Quality Payment Program (QPP) performance information before it appears on the Physician Compare profile pages and in the downloadable database. Access the secured preview through the QPP website....

Health Policy
December 6, 2018

The final performance period for the Value Modifier and Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) programs was 2016 and the final payment adjustment year is 2018. Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRURs) and PQRS Feedback Reports will no longer be available after the end of 2018. If you need these reports, download them by December 31, 2018, from the CMS Enterprise Portal using an Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM) system account with the correct role. Visit the ...

Health Policy
December 6, 2018

On October 1, 2019, the new Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) is replacing Resource Utilization Group, Version IV (RUG-IV) for the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Prospective Payment System (PPS). There will be a call about it on Tuesday, December 11, from 1:30 to 3 PM ET. Register here. Topics include:

  • Overview of PDPM, a new case-mix classification system for SNF Part A beneficiaries
  • Changeover from RUG-IV to PDPM

For more information, review the FY 2019 SNF PPS ...

JAMDA
December 6, 2018

To determine the influence of the Kuchi-kara Taberu (KT) index on rehabilitation outcomes during hospitalized convalescent rehabilitation.