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JAMDA
August 18, 2015

To investigate the effects of geriatric rehabilitation on short-term risk of death and readmission after a hip fracture were investigated in a nationwide cohort. In addition, the association of discharge location (nursing home or patient's home) with the short-term risk of death was assessed.

JAMDA
August 18, 2015

The Lifestyle Engagement Activity Program (LEAP) incorporates social support and recreational activities into case-managed home care. This study's aim was to evaluate the effect of LEAP on engagement, mood, and behavior of home care clients, and on case managers and care workers.

JAMDA
August 18, 2015

Young-onset dementia (YOD) is defined as dementia with first symptoms before the age of 65. Harvey and colleagues1 found a prevalence of YOD in those aged 30 to 64 of 54.0 per 100,000, and 98.1 to 118.00 per 100,000 for ages 45 to 64. Compared with people with late-onset dementia (LOD), people with YOD have lower prevalence rates of Alzheimer disease (AD) and higher rates of frontotemporal dementia.2 However, there are geographical differences regarding the prevalence rates of the different types of dementia.

JAMDA
August 17, 2015

Polypharmacy is the use of multiple drugs by a patient, although there is not a universally accepted definition. According to several authors, the use of greater than or equal to 5 drugs corresponds to polypharmacy, whereas others consider polypharmacy to be the use of as few as 3 or more drugs, up to 10 or more drugs.1 From another perspective, polypharmacy is defined as the use of unnecessary drugs by a patient.2 Independent of the specific definition, polypharmacy is a hot topic in medicine today, particularly in older patients.

JAMDA
August 17, 2015

Emergency department (ED) visits for ambulatory care sensitive conditions (ACSCs) are common among older adults. The high-intensity telemedicine model of care has been proposed as an innovative approach to expand access to acute illness care, thereby preventing ED visits. The aim of this study was to assess the effect of a high-intensity telemedicine program for senior living community (SLC) residents on the rate of ED use for ACSCs.

JAMDA
August 6, 2015

Health care–related adverse events (HCRAEs), which should not be confused with (blameworthy) medical errors, are common; they can lead to hospital admissions and can have grave consequences. Although they are sometimes potentially preventable, information is lacking on HCRAEs leading to admission to different departments.

JAMDA
August 5, 2015

The objective of this study was to evaluate the impact of a well-developed theory-based function-focused care for cognitively impaired (FFC-CI) intervention on eating performance among long-term care (LTC) residents with moderate-to-severe cognitive impairment.

JAMDA
August 5, 2015

Although multiple longitudinal studies have investigated frailty as a predictor of future falls, the results were mixed. Thus far, no systematic review or meta-analysis on this topic has been conducted.

JAMDA
July 31, 2015

To investigate whether depressive symptoms and antidepressant use at baseline predict the subsequent decline in physical functioning and number of hospitalizations in nursing home residents.

Health Policy
July 10, 2015

Earlier this week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its annual physician fee schedule proposed rule. The rule proposes updates to payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) on or after January 1, 2016.

Advance Care Planning

Among the various proposals, CMS proposes to pay for the already established Advance Care Planning CPT codes. The proposal,...