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February 5, 2016

Plan Strengthens Incentives for ACOs to Improve Performance

On January 28, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule to update the methodology used to measure the performance of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in the Medicare Shared Savings Program. Key proposals include:

  • Recognizing that health cost trends vary in communities across the country by using regional, rather than national, spending growth trends when establishing and updating an ACO’s rebased benchmark.
  • Adjusting an ACO’s rebased benchmark when it
  • ...
Policy Snapshot
February 5, 2016

Physicians and teaching hospitals, you must register in the Open Payments system to review any payments or transfers of value attributed to you. The review and dispute period is targeted to start in April 2016, following the close of data submission.

If you registered last year, you are not required to recertify your registration. However, if it has been over 180 days since you logged onto the Enterprise Identity Management System, the account has been deactivated for security purposes.

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JAMDA
February 4, 2016

Poor gait performance predicts risk of developing dementia. No structured critical evaluation has been conducted to study this association yet. The aim of this meta-analysis was to systematically examine the association of poor gait performance with incidence of dementia.

JAMDA
February 2, 2016

Quadriceps muscle fiber atrophy and a loss of oxidative type I muscle fibers and mitochondrial content often occur in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which adversely affects exercise performance. Sarcopenia is an age-related syndrome characterized by wasting and weakness of muscle mass. We recently showed in a large cohort of patients that COPD-related sarcopenia, in particular in male patients, was not only associated with impaired quadriceps muscle strength but also with decreased exercise performance endurance, which could imply involvement of altered muscle fiber type...

JAMDA
February 2, 2016

Presence of detailed screening instruments to detect cognitive impairment in the older adults' culture and language is very essential. The Saint Louis University Mental Status Examination (SLUMS) is one of cognitive screening scales used. The aim of the study was to establish the validity and reliability of the Turkish version of SLUMS (SLUMS-T).

JAMDA
February 2, 2016

Multidrug-resistant organisms are an emerging and serious threat to the care of patients. Long-term care facilities are considered a reservoir of these organisms partly because of the over-prescribing of antibiotics. Antibiotic use is common in long-term care facilities. Antibiotic stewardship programs have been shown to reduce antibiotic consumption in acute-care facilities. The purpose of our study is to investigate existing infection-control practices and antibiotic stewardship programs in long-term care facilities in Maryland.

JAMDA
February 1, 2016
JAMDA
February 1, 2016
JAMDA
February 1, 2016
JAMDA
February 1, 2016