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September 16, 2016

“We need to find a way to triage it and work as an educated team to address oral health in this setting,” says Leonard Brennan, DMD, who will present a webinar on the topic on October 26. Oral care won’t happen, says Dr. Brennan, if caregivers dread providing it or don’t have the knowledge or tools to be effective. “Sometimes caregivers don’t start because they know they can’t finish,” he says, “so it is important to set reasonable goals. You don’t necessarily have to finish the entire mouth at one sitting to be successful.”

Policy Snapshot
September 16, 2016

Between 2010 and 2015, readmission rates fell by 8 percent nationally. On September 13, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released new data showing how these improvements are helping Medicare patients across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The data show that since 2010:

  • All states but one have seen Medicare 30-day readmission rates fall
  • In 43 states, readmission rates fell by more than 5 percent
  • In 11 states, readmission rates fell by more than 10 percent

Across states, Medicare beneficiaries avoided...

Policy Snapshot
September 16, 2016

The Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Measures and Technical Information webpage is updated with Provider Training...

Policy Snapshot
September 16, 2016

An MLN Matters Special Edition Article on Overview of the Skilled Nursing Facility Value-Based Purchasing Program is available. Learn about value-based incentive payments Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) may receive based on performance of specified quality measures for services beginning October 1, 2018.

Policy Snapshot
September 16, 2016

Wednesday, September 28 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 how the implementation of the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program will affect your Medicare payment. During this call, CMS experts discuss the legislative background, along with the SNF 30-Day Potentially Preventable Readmission measure, performance standards, and scoring...

JAMDA
September 16, 2016

We aimed to (1) study factors that determine the use of invasive procedures in the management of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in patients with dementia and (2) determine whether the use of invasive procedures was associated with their better survival.

JAMDA
September 16, 2016

Electronic health information exchange (HIE) is expected to help improve care transitions from hospitals to long-term care (LTC) facilities. We know little about the prevalence of hospital LTC HIE in the United States and what contextual factors may motivate or constrain this activity.

Weekly Roundup
September 16, 2016

Spotlight: Webinar Turns Education into Oral Health Success

HPA: NEW CMS Overview of the SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program MLN Matters® Article; SNF QRP Provider Training Questions and Feedback on MDS 3.0; New Data: 49 States Plus DC Reduce Avoidable Hospital Readmissions

JAMDA
September 16, 2016

Aging can be affected by frailty and chronic diseases causing physical, cognitive, sensory, and functional decline evolving gradually to disability. The assessment of older patients is carried out in some geriatric day hospitals (GDHFs). However, it seems difficult to assess all patients in these GDHFs. In this context, a care model, which uses a specialist nurse trained in primary care and geriatric assessment, has been developed. In this article, we describe the organization, details of the evaluation, and provide the main characteristics of the first 200 patients assessed over a 6-month...

JAMDA
September 16, 2016

Delirium occurring in patients with dementia is referred to as delirium superimposed on dementia (DSD). People who are older with dementia and who are institutionalized are at increased risk of developing delirium when hospitalized. In addition, their prior cognitive impairment makes detecting their delirium a challenge. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition and the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th Revision are considered the standard reference for the diagnosis of delirium and include criteria of...