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Caring for the Ages
March 1, 2016

A long recovery from disorientation following electroconvulsive therapy seems to be a sign that the therapy has effectively treated an elderly patient who has major depression, suggests a longitudinal cohort study conducted in Norway.

Caring for the Ages
March 1, 2016

The traditional long-term care model is fraught with inconsistencies in the care continuum, which helped spur the nursing home negligence litigation cottage industry that has sprung up in many states. Typically, a resident would be discharged from an acute care facility to a skilled nursing facility, and then he or she would only be seen by an attending physician within a few days of admission (although in some states, there is no requirement for timing on the initial visit, so it could be as long as 30 days), and then once every 30 days for the first 90 days, depending on payer status and...

Caring for the Ages
March 1, 2016

Insufficient omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-6 PUFA), excess trans fat and, to a lesser extent, excess saturated fat, are significant causes of coronary heart disease, suggests a global study recently published online.

Caring for the Ages
March 1, 2016

Meaningful use is on its way out.

Caring for the Ages
March 1, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released the applications for meaningful use hardship exemptions.

Caring for the Ages
March 1, 2016

My last column (see Caring for the Ages, December 2015, “So You Give Great Care; Do You Have Data To Back That Up?”; online at www.caringfortheages.com/article/S1526-4114(15)00433-3/fulltext) focused on the overwhelming importance of data in all future Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services payment schemes. That article left one question unanswered: where does all that data come from?

Caring for the Ages
March 1, 2016

Few adults who reported subjective memory complaints discussed such issues with a health care provider, according to results from a telephone study involving more than 10,276 people.

Caring for the Ages
March 1, 2016

About one out of every five transfers from skilled nursing facilities to hospital emergency departments are potentially preventable, according to a study of root cause analysis, or RCA, a tool the researchers said can provide important insights leading to care process improvements.

Caring for the Ages
March 1, 2016

Dear Dr. Jeff:

Caring for the Ages
March 1, 2016

Increasing weight loss between midlife and late life is a marker for mild cognitive impairment, according to a report published online Feb. 1 in JAMA Neurology.