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Caring for the Ages
December 1, 2015

This column strives to highlight innovations in care transitions. This month, we discuss an order set product that will enhance the INTERACT quality improvement program. Caring for the Ages does not endorse any specific product or products.

Caring for the Ages
December 1, 2015

BARCELONA — RVT-101, a novel small molecule that increases acetylcholine release, is poised for what its developers say could be its pivotal trial for U.S. approval.

Caring for the Ages
December 1, 2015

LAS VEGAS — More than one in 10 patients with Clostridium difficile infection at the time of hospital discharge are readmitted for C. difficile infection within 90 days, according to findings from a review of Medicare data from 2009 to 2011.

Caring for the Ages
December 1, 2015

Dementia is very common in patients with advanced Parkinson's disease, but when the condition is subtle, clinicians should take a cautious approach, according to Israeli expert Amos D. Korczyn, MD. Careful evaluation and follow up are in order, rather than a formal diagnosis.

Caring for the Ages
December 1, 2015

A 70-year-old patient with no psychiatric history presents to your office complaining of memory problems. The patient frequently misplaces items, forgets appointments, and has difficulty completing tasks. You observe that the patient interrupts you frequently and misinterprets your instructions during cognitive screening. The patient is concerned about having dementia. That's on your differential, but could it be attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder? Even in an older patient, it's worth considering.

Caring for the Ages
December 1, 2015

SAN DIEGO — Frail elderly patients face a significantly increased risk of mortality in the year after undergoing major elective noncardiac surgery, a large study from Canada showed.

Caring for the Ages
December 1, 2015

Every medical professional will experience a 6% reduction in Medicare payments if they fail to submit the required amount of quality data to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in 2016. In 2015, only physicians working in groups with 10 or more medical professionals face that 6% penalty. That penalty is imposed as part of the Value Based Purchasing (VBP) Program. Hospitals, nursing facilities, and other providers receiving Medicare Part A or Part B payments are subject to similar payment reductions.

Caring for the Ages
December 1, 2015

Researchers who administered the FRONTIER Executive Screen (FES) — a brief bedside questionnaire designed to assess verbal fluency, inhibitory control, and working memory — were able to distinguish patients with behavioral-variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) from patients with Alzheimer's disease, according to a study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.

Caring for the Ages
December 1, 2015

A major study aimed at proving the clinical utility of amyloid imaging in diagnosing dementia is now recruiting participating physicians.

Caring for the Ages
December 1, 2015

According to a pair of studies published online in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, statins — a class of drugs widely utilized by older adults to reduce cholesterol — may have the unintended consequence of reducing immunotherapeutic response to and effectiveness of influenza vaccination.