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Caring for the Ages
February 1, 2016

A “broad swath” of Medicare providers wrote scripts for opioids in 2013, contradicting the idea that the overdose epidemic is mainly the work of “small groups of prolific prescribers and corrupt pill mills,” investigators wrote online in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Caring for the Ages
February 1, 2016

Although 2015 might not have been the year of the blockbuster Alzheimer’s drug, it did lay a few more paving stones on the road to understanding the disease.

Caring for the Ages
February 1, 2016

Dear Dr. Jeff:

Caring for the Ages
February 1, 2016

Regular aspirin use appears to protect against the development of metastatic and fatal prostate cancer, according to an analysis of the Physicians’ Health Study.

Caring for the Ages
February 1, 2016

Less than half of U.S. hospitals require health care workers to receive annual flu shots, according to a survey study with responses from nearly 500 facilities.

Caring for the Ages
February 1, 2016

A number of studies have reported that diet interventions can be an effective strategy for preventing or delaying the onset of dementia in older adults. While the Mediterranean (MedDiet) and the DASH (Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension) diets have demonstrated cardiovascular benefits in older adults, another reported outcome is a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline. The MedDiet is a cultural-based diet pattern that has been shown to prevent cardiovascular disease, whereas the DASH diet originally was developed to reduce and control blood pressure.

Caring for the Ages
February 1, 2016

A patient with acute pneumonia arrives in the emergency department of your local hospital. The patient and accompanying family members are originally from a rural village in an underdeveloped country, where the local belief is that pneumonia is best treated by scratching the patient’s back with a tropical leaf. What do you do?

JAMDA
January 30, 2016

To investigate whether distinct trajectories of frailty exist in older women and whether they are associated with measures of socioeconomic status (SES) across adulthood.

Health Policy
January 29, 2016

Eligible Professionals who do not satisfactorily report quality measure data to meet the 2015 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) requirements will be subject to a negative PQRS payment adjustment on all Medicare Part B physician fee schedule services for 2017. Submissions end at 8 pm ET:

  • Electronic Health Record direct or data submission vendor (QRDA I or III) – January 1 through February 29, 2016
  • Qualified clinical data registries (QCDRs) (QRDA III) – January 1 through February 29, 2016
  • Group practice reporting option web interface – January 18
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Health Policy
January 29, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted new, streamlined hardship applications on the Payment Adjustments and Hardship Information webpage, reducing the amount of information that eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) must submit to apply for an exception from the 2017 payment adjustment. Application timeline:

  • Eligible Professionals: March 15, 2016
  • Eligible Hospitals
  • ...