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JAMDA
April 23, 2016

We thank Kizilarslanoglu et al for their letter to the editor regarding our recent Maastricht Sarcopenia Study (MaSS) publication1 in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association.

Policy Snapshot
April 22, 2016

This week the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015: Examining Physician Efforts to Prepare for Medicare Payment Reforms. The hearing examined the implementation of Medicare payment reforms included in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015. The hearing focused on how physician organizations and their members, such as the American Medical Association (AMA), American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Family Physicians, are preparing for the successful...

Policy Snapshot
April 22, 2016

Thursday, April 28 from 1:30 to 3 pm ET To

Register: Visit MLN Connects Event Registration. Space may be limited, register early.

This call focuses on infection control, highlighting Antibiotic Stewardship and community-wide efforts, including a presentation from a nursing home administrator. Common concerns related to the clash between individualized, person-centered care and the medical model of controlling infections will also be addressed. This is critical for residents with dementia, who often...

Policy Snapshot
April 22, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule to update Medicare inpatient payments for fiscal year 2017. CMS’s proposal would completely remove the two-midnight rule for the current and past two fiscal years by adjusting fiscal 2017 payment rates. NTOCC applauds CMS’s proposal to reverse the policy and has advocated for its removal since its introduction in 2013. The rule would also require hospitals to provide a notice to Medicare beneficiaries who have been receiving outpatient services for more than 24 hours informing them about the implications of...

Policy Snapshot
April 22, 2016

The Notice of Intent to Apply (NOIA) for the January 1, 2017, program start date of the Medicare Shared Savings Program is available for:

  • Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) not currently participating in the program (initial applicants)
  • Currently participating ACOs with a 2014 start date intending to renew their agreement (renewing applicants)
  • Currently participating ACOs in or applying to the program under Track 3 (two-sided risk model) that intend to apply for the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) 3-Day Waiver

NOIAs must be submitted by 5...

Spotlight
April 22, 2016

“You watch these people on the stage at the Annual Conferences and you see their pictures and bylines in various publications, and they become rock stars in a way,” Wayne S. Saltsman, MD, PhD, CMD, a new House of Delegates Representative on the AMDA—The Society of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine Board of Directors. However, he notes, these ‘stars’ are much more accessible and approachable. “I would go up to these people and introduce myself, and they were always so gracious and welcoming.” He recalled once sending Caring for the Ages Editor-in-Chief Karl Steinberg, MD, CMD...

Clinical Alerts
April 19, 2016

GENERAL PNEUMOCOCCAL VACCINATION QUESTIONS

  1. Why get vaccinated for pneumococcal disease?
    The most effective way to treat pneumococcal disease is to prevent it through immunization.

    Pneumococcal disease is a common, yet potentially serious infection caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria. Streptococcus pneumoniae is the leading cause of serious community-acquired illness worldwide. In addition to being the most common cause of community acquired pneumonia, it also causes invasive
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Spotlight
April 15, 2016

“We’ve found that program participants really enjoy opportunities for audience interaction. They learn from sharing their stories, questions, and concerns, and getting responses from their colleagues, as well as the program presenters,” says Mary Evans, MD, CMD, Chair of the Annual Conference Planning Subcommittee. When thinking about submitting a proposal for the upcoming call for abstracts, she urges the use of tools such as case studies, videos for discussion, and small group breakouts. Success stories and experiences always make powerful programs, Dr. Evans observes. “It is always...

Policy Snapshot
April 15, 2016

The Older American Act Reauthorization Act of 2016 (OAA) passed Congress recently and is expected to be signed into law by the President. The OAA makes important investments in creating a well-trained workforce and in providing person- and family-centered care for older Americans. Among other initiatives, the OAA supports three crucial family caregiver programs:

  • Family Caregiver Support Services program provides a range of support
  • ...
Policy Snapshot
April 15, 2016

“It Always Seems Too Early, until It’s Too Late." National Healthcare Decisions Day raises awareness about the importance of advance care plans. Did you know that beginning in 2016, Advance Care Planning (APC) services can be billed to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule?

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