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JAMDA
August 30, 2016

I read the recent article published in this Journal and written by Grün et al1 with interest. The authors conducted principal factor analysis mainly for patients with Parkinson disease (PD) and for their caregivers, respectively. They also used a regression model to clarify contributing factors on caregiver burden (CB), evaluated by the Zarit Burden Interview. The authors recruited 59 patient-caregiver pairs, and statistical validity could be kept by presenting adequate alpha value of internal consistency and also enough percentage of variance by principal factor analysis.

JAMDA
August 27, 2016

It has been amply reported that nursing home (NH) residents are largely inactive, a condition that may further increase functional decline, behavioral disorders, and risk of death. To date, studies have mainly focused on individual characteristics that may decrease residents’ involvement in activities. Therefore, the aim of this study is to describe the prevalence of inactive NH residents in an Italian context, identifying predictors of inactivity at the individual and NH levels.

JAMDA
August 27, 2016

The identification of factors used to predict caregiver burden may help preventive care. This study aimed to assess the relationship between evolution of patients with subjective cognitive decline (SCD) or progressive neurocognitive disorder (NCD) and evolution of caregiver burden.

Spotlight
August 26, 2016

“I find that the Advanced program is more focused on what is happening in terms of actual medical direction. I get information I can bring back to my QAPI [Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement] meetings and say, ‘This is where things are going. This is what we need to focus on,’” says Teig Marco, MD, CMD. He adds, “The interactive aspect of the program is a nice feature. You really connect with the others in your group.” He stresses that these relationships can be helpful well beyond the meeting.

Policy Snapshot
August 26, 2016

The Society, along with the American Medical Association (AMA) and 89 other organizations, sent The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) a letter this week urging them to restore the Refinement Panel to serve as the relative value appeals process that was appropriately in place prior to 2011.

The AMA reviewed the need for an appeals process at this year’s AMA House of Delegates Annual Meeting and determined that having an objective, transparent, and consistently-applied formal appeals...

Policy Snapshot
August 26, 2016

SNF Quality Reporting Program Webcast — September 14

Wednesday, September 14 from 1:30 to 3 pm ET

To register or for more information, visit MLN Connects® Event Registration. Space may be limited, register early.

Learn about the reporting requirements for the new Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP), effective October 1, 2016. The Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014...

Policy Snapshot
August 26, 2016

An MLN Matters Special Edition Article on Next Generation Accountable Care Organization - Implementation is available. Learn about the benefit enhancement waiver initiatives and supplemental claims processing direction.

JAMDA
August 26, 2016

The prevalence of polypharmacy (multiple medications) is on the rise among older adults in the United States and Europe.1–3 It has been estimated that people aged 65 years will spend 8 of their 20 years of remaining life expectancy with polypharmacy.4 Long-term exposure to polypharmacy increases the risk of adverse drug reactions and hospitalizations for extended time periods and entails large costs for the society.5 Thus, this study investigates if the number of years spent with polypharmacy increased between 2006 and 2013.

JAMDA
August 26, 2016

Age-related muscle loss (sarcopenia) and increased fat mass (obesity) may contribute to chronic disease. Multimorbidity needs more complex health care and is associated with an elevated risk of mortality, disability, and poor quality of life. Sarcopenia and obesity together may be more closely associated with multimorbidity than either sarcopenia or obesity alone. However, a possible multimorbidity link with sarcopenic obesity is unknown. Thus, we aimed to investigate the association of sarcopenic obesity and multimorbidity in Korean adults.

Weekly Roundup
August 26, 2016

Spotlight: Advanced Curriculum is Always New for this Veteran Attendee

HPA: Society Joins Others in Urging CMS to Restore the Refinement Panel; Next Generation Accountable Care Organization – Implementation MLN Matters® Article — New