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JAMDA
October 21, 2020

Pneumonia is a common cause of hospitalization for nursing home residents and has increased as a cause for hospitalization during the COVID-19 pandemic. Risks of hospitalization, including significant functional decline, are important considerations when deciding whether to treat a resident in the nursing home or transfer to a hospital. Little is known about postdischarge functional status, relative to baseline, of nursing home residents hospitalized for pneumonia. We sought to determine the risk of severe functional limitation or death for nursing home residents following hospitalization...

JAMDA
October 21, 2020

The prevalence of obesity with sarcopenia is increasing in adults aged ≥65 years. This geriatric syndrome places individuals at risk for synergistic complications that leads to long-term functional decline. We ascertained the relationship between sarcopenic obesity and incident long-term impaired global cognitive function in a representative US population.

JAMDA
October 20, 2020

High retention rates among direct care workers (DCWs) affect the quality of aged care. However, limited research has explored factors associated with retention in China's aged care industry. This study compared turnover intention among DCWs in Chinese hospitals and long-term care facilities (LTCFs).

Weekly Roundup
October 18, 2020

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JAMDA
October 17, 2020

To demonstrate the usefulness of primary data collection using clinician-rated and self-rated standardized measures to describe adult day program (ADP) populations and address programming issues such as identifying members at risk of dropping out.

JAMDA
October 16, 2020

Summary: Here we present the development and preliminary results of the implementation of the Covid-19-HF score a new clinical tool for the telephonic management and follow-up of chronic heart failure patients during Covid-19 epidemic.

JAMDA
October 16, 2020

Brief Summary: COVID-19 emphasized the importance of LTC physicians using individualized proposals when a healthcare decision is required, to ensure wanted and beneficial treatment, and proper resource utilization.

Policy Snapshot
October 16, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated its Quality Payment Program Participation Status Tool based on the second snapshot of data from Alternative Payment Model (APM) entities. The second snapshot includes data from Medicare Part B claims with ...

Policy Snapshot
October 16, 2020

Join the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for a National Learning and Action Network (LAN) webinar this Tuesday, October 20, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM ET. A LAN is a group of health care professionals and stakeholder organizations convened by the Quality Improvement Organization Program to improve patient care and population health by sharing best practices.

The webinar will focus on solutions to nursing home staffing challenges during the current public health emergency, including the use of section 1135 waivers, new staff recruitment, and staff retention and...

Policy Snapshot
October 16, 2020

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a new report outlining Medicare spending on various health care settings during the pandemic. Page 4 of the report outlines such spending for skilled nursing facilities (SNF). Key findings of the report included:

  • Medicare beneficiary utilization of services declined substantially beginning in mid-March 2020, bottomed out the week ending April 8, and increased through June.
  • Payments for all fee-for-service (FFS) claims declined by 39% in the week ending April 8, 33% for inpatient services and 49% for physician
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