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JAMDA
September 27, 2016

What patients intend when they make health care choices and whether they understand the meaning of orders for life-sustaining treatment forms is not well understood. The purpose of this study was to analyze the directives from a sample of emergency department (ED) patients' MOLST forms.

JAMDA
September 24, 2016

To explore current use and perceptions of glove and gown use in nursing homes.

Spotlight
September 23, 2016

"People working in post-acute and long-term care are some of the most innovative, creative people in the world. They are stretched for resources and time and deal with the most vulnerable, complex frail elders. But they solve problems that others walk away from, and they create miracles every day. It’s part of their job, and they see their amazing accomplishments as just another day’s work,” says Society Executive Director Christopher Laxton, CAE. As a result, they don’t often think of applying for awards or seeking opportunities for recognition; or, he suggests, they think they don’t have...

Policy Snapshot
September 23, 2016

The second Annual Report recently released, provides a summative and formative evaluation of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative Models 2-4 and is based on the multiple evaluation and monitoring activities completed during the second year of the evaluation. The report reflects quantitative analyses of Phase 2 participants that joined the initiative during the first year (Q4 2013 – Q3 2014) and qualitative analyses of participants that joined during the first seven quarters (Q4 2013 – Q2 2015). Most results are based...

Policy Snapshot
September 23, 2016

Thursday, September 29 from 1:30 to 3 pm ET

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

In mid-September 2016, CMS will make 2015 Annual Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRURs) available to all group practices and solo practitioners nationwide. This event provides an overview of the report and explains how to interpret and use the information.

2015 Annual QRURs show how groups and solo...

Policy Snapshot
September 23, 2016

This week a number of post-acute care provider groups sent a letter to Ways and Means Committee leaders advocating for major changes to the Medicare Post-Acute Care Value-Based Purchasing Act (H. R. 3298). This bipartisan bill would establish a value-based purchasing program across home health agencies, nursing homes, inpatient rehabilitation facilities and long-term care hospitals. Under the PAC VBP Program, reimbursement is withheld, then redistributed through value-based incentive payments, based on a provider’s performance on measures specified by the IMPACT Act. The PAC VPB would...

Weekly Roundup
September 23, 2016

Spotlight: Take the Challenge from Chris Laxton HPA: CMS Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative Models 2-4 Report Released, From the Hill: PAC Provider Groups Advocate for Changes to SNF VBP Other: Society Launches Vlog

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JAMDA
September 22, 2016

There is no gold standard in diagnosing sarcopenia. We aimed to assess the validity of screening sarcopenia using SARC-F (sluggishness, assistance in walking, rise from a chair, climb stairs, falls).

JAMDA
September 20, 2016

A well-grounded functional prognosis during triage for rehabilitation is important, especially in older patients who experience the burden of comorbidity. However, it remains unclear what impact comorbidity has on functional outcome after rehabilitation.

JAMDA
September 17, 2016

To validate the (Brazilian) Portuguese-translated version of the SARC-F questionnaire and to verify its performance in the separate sarcopenia screening and muscle function evaluation contexts. In addition, by associating SARC-F to an anthropometric measurement (as an estimate of muscle mass), to test for improvements in its sarcopenia screening efficacy.