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August 1, 2020
JAMDA
August 1, 2020
JAMDA
August 1, 2020
JAMDA
August 1, 2020
JAMDA
August 1, 2020

A year ago, a group of AMDA leaders spent the day on Capitol Hill advocating for policy changes related to post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) telemedicine. A main point of discussion was the need to revise the regulations governing payment for telemedicine visits in a way that would make it more feasible for PALTC clinicians working with facilities to use telemedicine tools to care for residents. Medicare payment for telemedicine physician visits has largely been to support rural nursing homes and limited to no more frequently than monthly regardless of medical necessity.

JAMDA
August 1, 2020

We read with great interest the article by Laxton et al about solving the COVID-19 crisis in post-acute and long-term care.1

JAMDA
August 1, 2020

Anticholinergic/antimuscarinic and sedative medications (eg, benzodiazepines) have been found to be associated with poorer cognitive and physical function and mobility impairment in older age. However, previous studies were mostly conducted among community-dwelling older individuals and had often a cross-sectional design. Accordingly, our aim was to examine longitudinal associations between cumulative exposure to anticholinergic and sedative medications and cognitive and physical function among residents from aged care homes.

JAMDA
August 1, 2020

We thank you for the opportunity to respond to the issues raised in the letter by Kara et al and thank them for their valuable comments on the Asian Working Group for Sarcopenia (AWGS) consensus for sarcopenia diagnosis. Before responding to the comments, we want to address some consensus of AWGS: (1) AWGS wants to make evidence-based recommendations, so only published studies in Asian countries were included; (2) AWGS defined sarcopenia as an age-related condition, so recommendations were limited to people older than 60 or 65 years old; and (3) younger people with sarcopenia were...

JAMDA
August 1, 2020

We have read with great interest the recently published consensus update of Asian Working Group for Sarcopenia about the diagnosis and treatment of sarcopenia.1 We congratulate them for defining their diagnostic algorithm. Although we agree on selecting less stringent cut-off values for physical performance tests [ie, ≥12 seconds for chair stand test (CST) and

Caring for the Ages
August 1, 2020

I have spent a lifetime in medicine caring and advocating for aging patients, and worrying about them. Meanwhile, medicine has changed from a profession centered on the relationship between one doctor and one patient, into a highly profitable industry centered on expensive procedures and pharmaceuticals — on technology over touch. There has been one major exception to this trend: the subspecialty area of geriatrics, notably long-term care (LTC) medicine and palliative care. Our older citizens are dying by the tens of thousands, yet who does CMS blame for the disgraceful number of COVID-19...