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JAMDA
January 28, 2016

To assess the effect of age in the association between poor sleep quality and frailty status.

JAMDA
January 26, 2016

There is growing evidence of a relationship between nutrients and muscle mass, strength, and physical performance. Although nutrition is seen as an important pillar of treating sarcopenia, data on the nutritional intake of sarcopenic older adults are limited.

JAMDA
January 26, 2016

For older adults, falls are a serious health problem, with more than 30% of people older than 65 suffering a fall at least once a year. One element often overlooked in the assessment of falls is whether a person's balance, walking ability, and overall falls risk is affected by performing activities of daily living such as walking.

JAMDA
January 22, 2016

Dietary intake in frail old adults is often lower than estimated needs. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of an energy-dense oral supplement on nutritional status, food intake, and physical function in residents living in care residential homes.

Policy Snapshot
January 22, 2016

In a recent speech by Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt, he noted that CMS is trying to make the electronic health records (EHR) programs more physician friendly and tweeted that “in 2016, MU (meaningful use) as it had existed—with MACRA—will now be effectively over and replaced with something better.”

In a follow-up blog post to the CMS website Administrator Slavitt provided a more detailed update on CMS’ plans stating, “We have been working side...

Policy Snapshot
January 22, 2016

On January 19, the Centers for Medicare &Medicaid Services (CMS) updated the Open Payments dataset, consistent with the values we published on June 30, 2015. The total value before this update was $9.9 billion. The updated Open Payments dataset reflects:

  • Changes made to records
  • Changes to delays in publication flags
  • Changes to disputed records
  • Records that were deleted

This financial data was submitted by applicable manufacturers and applicable group purchasing organizations. Every year, CMS will update the Open Payments data...

Policy Snapshot
January 22, 2016

All Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (QIES) systems will be unavailable from Wednesday, March 16 after 8 pm ET through Monday, March 21, 2016. This downtime will affect all QIES connectivity and systems. The national database, Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reporting (CASPER) reports, and quick reference (QW) will not be available during this time. In addition, the following submission systems will be unavailable:

  • Hospice Item Set
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) -Patient Assessment Instrument (PAI)
  • Long-term Care Hospital (
  • ...
JAMDA
January 21, 2016

The absolute and relative increases in the number of older persons are evident worldwide, from the most developed countries to the lowest-income regions. Multimorbidity and need for social support increase with age. Age-related conditions and, in particular, disabilities are a significant burden for the person, his or her family, and public health care systems. To guarantee the sustainability of public health systems and improve the quality of care provided, it is becoming urgent to act to prevent and delay the disabling cascade.

JAMDA
January 21, 2016

Resident relatives of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may play a major role in obtaining a healthy lifestyle for patients. Little is known about resident relatives. This study aimed to compare health status, morbidities, care dependency, and mobility between patients with COPD and their resident relatives.

JAMDA
January 21, 2016

This study investigated the overlap among 3 different definitions of potentially harmful medication (PHM) use and the corresponding associations with resident quality of life and mortality.