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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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Policy Snapshot
April 15, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has revised guidance at F329 in Appendix PP to enhance ease of use for surveyors and to include language related to how unnecessary use of medications may cause psychosocial harm to residents. Revisions include:

  • Removing medication tables to make F329 easier to use.
  • Replacing medication tables with up-to-date medication resources.
  • Revising Deficiency Categorization examples to show that noncompliance at F329 can cause significant psychosocial harm.

CMS requested feedback from surveyors...

Policy Snapshot
April 15, 2016

On April 11, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its largest-ever initiative to transform and improve how primary care is delivered and paid for in America. The Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) model, will be implemented in up to 20 regions and can accommodate up to 5,000 practices. The initiative is designed to provide doctors the freedom to care for their patients the way they think will deliver the best outcomes and to pay them for achieving results and improving care.

Primary care practices will participate in one of two tracks. Both tracks...

Policy Snapshot
April 15, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted the 2016 Electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQMs) annual update for eligible hospitals and eligible professionals to electronically report 2017 quality data for CMS quality reporting programs. Visit the eCQM Library or Electronic Clinical Quality Improvement Resource Center websites for information on how to download the measures. This year’s...

Policy Snapshot
April 15, 2016

Tuesday, April 19 from 1:30 to 3 pm ET

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

During this call, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) subject matter experts will cover helpful tips to complete a successful application for the Medicare Shared Savings Program (Shared Savings Program). A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

We encourage call participants to review important information, dates, and materials on the...

JAMDA
April 9, 2016

Older adults represent the majority of approximately 20,000 new patients diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in the United States each year. While the treatment goal for younger patients is to achieve a cure with intensive therapeutic protocols, including standard chemotherapy and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, these goals are less well defined in the elderly population. This is in part due to the continuous decline in treatment outcomes with increasing age secondary to a number of patient-related and disease-specific factors, ranging from the presence of comorbid...