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JAMDA
March 9, 2016

“Lack of energy” or anergia is a common complaint associated with adverse outcomes in older people. There is a lack of knowledge on this symptom in the nursing home (NH) setting. The aim of this study was to investigate whether lack of energy was associated with hospitalization and mortality in NH residents.

JAMDA
March 9, 2016

Potentially avoidable hospitalizations (PAHs) of nursing home (NH) residents are common, costly, and can have significant economic consequences. Telemedicine has been shown to reduce emergency department and hospitalization of NH residents, yet adoption has been limited and little is known about provider's perceptions and desired functionality for a telemedicine program. The goal of this study was to survey a nationally representative sample of NH physicians and advanced practice providers to quantify provider perceptions and desired functionality of telemedicine in NHs to reduce PAHs.

JAMDA
March 9, 2016

To examine the relationship between primary diagnoses and mobility impairment and recovery among hospitalized older adults.

Policy Snapshot
March 4, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) extended the hardship application deadline for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program to July 1, 2016. Eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals will have time to submit their applications to avoid adjustments to their Medicare payments in 2017. In January, CMS posted new, streamlined hardship exception application forms on the Payment Adjustments and Hardship Information...

Policy Snapshot
March 4, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) extended the hardship application deadline for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program to July 1, 2016. Eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals will have time to submit their applications to avoid adjustments to their Medicare payments in 2017. In January, CMS posted new, streamlined hardship exception application forms on the PaThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is tracking the progress of the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes by...

Policy Snapshot
March 4, 2016

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell announced a commitment made by companies that provide 90 percent of nation’s electronic health records (EHRs) used in hospitals and the five largest private health care systems to make EHRs work better for patients and health care providers.
 
The companies and health care systems committed to three principles, including allowing consumers to easily and securely access their electronic health information, helping providers...

Policy Snapshot
March 4, 2016

Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) claims with dates-of-service or dates-of-discharge on or after April 1, 2013, will continue to incur a 2 percent reduction in Medicare payment until further notice. Claims for Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS), including claims under the DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program, will continue to be reduced by 2 percent based upon whether the date-of-service, or the start date for rental equipment or multi-day supplies, is on or after April 1, 2013. The claims payment adjustment will continue to be applied to all claims after...

Policy Snapshot
March 4, 2016

AMDA Board of Directors member, Public Policy Committee Chair, and Caring for the Ages Editor in Chief Karl Steinberg, MD, CMD, was recently appointed to the National Quality Forum’s (NQF’s) Palliative and End-of-Life Care Standing Committee for the Palliative and End-of-Life Endorsement Maintenance Project. The goals of the project are to identify and endorse performance measures for accountability and quality improvement that address palliative and end-of-life care.
Dr. Steinberg’s selection is pending a NQF member and public comment period on the proposed roster. For more details...

JAMDA
March 4, 2016

Advance care planning is the process by which persons can designate, in an advance directive, how intensive they would like their care to be if they become incapacitated and unable to make their own decisions. In the United States, the Patient Self-Determination Act passed in 1990 allows patients to choose or refuse any medical or surgical procedure, make advance directives, and transfer their decision-making authority. As of this year, Medicare has agreed to pay physicians for having end-of-life conversations with their patients and helping them to determine their preferred advance...