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JAMDA
July 30, 2016

Nursing home residents' repeated transfers to hospital are costly and can lead to in-hospital complications and high mortality for frail residents. However, no research has examined the trajectory of residents’ symptoms over their nursing home residency and its relationship to hospital transfer.

Policy Snapshot
July 29, 2016

A new fact sheet is available for the Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) Readmission Measure (SNFRM). The SNF Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) program ties portions of SNF payments to performance on this measure, which is calculated by assessing the risk-standardized rate of all-cause, unplanned hospital readmissions for Medicare Fee-For-Service SNF patients within 30 days of discharge from a prior proximal...

JAMDA
July 29, 2016

Physical inactivity is a key factor contributing to the onset of muscle mass and function decline (ie, sarcopenia), which in turn appears to be a vital aspect related to frailty.1 Poor health, disability, and dependency are not inevitable consequences of aging. The promotion of a healthy lifestyle and physical exercise, and the avoidance of sedentariness have proven to be effective for frail older adults, enhancing their independence and, most likely, reducing health-related costs. Recently, it has been also proven that physical activity, as an intervention, is one of the most important...

JAMDA
July 29, 2016

Public and private entities in the United States spend billions of dollars each year on potentially avoidable hospitalizations. This is a common occurrence in long-term care (LTC) facilities, especially in rural jurisdictions. This article details the creation of a telemedicine approach to assess residents from rural LTC facilities for potential transfer to hospitals.

Spotlight
July 29, 2016

“The word on the street was that the Society’s conference was clinical and practice focused, and my mentor suggested the Futures Program as great exposure to this care setting,” says Karen Kirkham, MD. “I learned about a wide array of tools and data for this setting that I was unware of previously.” She adds, “I also gained a great deal of insight into post-acute and long-term care. The course directors and presenters were all so passionate. I was surprised and pleased to hear how engaged they are with their patients and how exciting their work is.”

Weekly Roundup
July 29, 2016

Spotlight: Educator Gives Futures Program An 'A'

HPA: SNF Readmission Measure - Top 10 Things You Should Know, IMPACT Act Call: Audio Recordings and Transcript Now Available from CMS ...

JAMDA
July 27, 2016

As older adults living in nursing homes are at a high risk of adverse drug-related events, medications with a poor benefit/risk ratio or with a safer alternative should be avoided.

JAMDA
July 27, 2016

“If you find yourself caring for a relative with dementia, the chances are you will need help.”∼Phyllis Logan

JAMDA
July 23, 2016

Despite high rates of hip fracture among United States (US) nursing home (NH) residents, little is known about geographic variation in hip fracture incidence. We used nationally representative data to identify geographic variation in hip fracture among US NH residents.

JAMDA
July 23, 2016

Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is associated with an increased risk for mild cognitive impairment and dementia in both middle-aged and older individuals. Brief cognitive tests can potentially serve as a reliable and cost effective approach to detect for cognitive decrements in clinical practice.