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Caring for the Ages
June 1, 2016

Yes, you read that correctly. Historically, I’ve been the kind of curmudgeon who grumbles constantly about how governmental agencies like the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have no clue about what’s really going on, how they have their heads buried in the sand (or elsewhere), and how unfair their policies are — probably much to the annoyance of those around me, since nobody likes a sarcastic complainer. “What’s with this 3-day qualifying stay nonsense?” “Observation status? The hospital is the hospital!” “Oh, they’ll pay $7000 a month for a patient to live in a nursing home...

Caring for the Ages
June 1, 2016

ORLANDO, FL — A panel of experts presented several pearls and strategies to begin “rational deprescribing” to combat polypharmacy in nursing home residents. Ariel Cole, MD, CMD, described a typical scenario for a new admission during a session at the 2016 Annual Conference:

Caring for the Ages
June 1, 2016

ORLANDO, FL — Caring for the Ages Editor in Chief Karl Steinberg, MD, CMD, HMDC, and other Society leaders led an audience through a sometimes mystifying maze of policy issues that affect practice and reimbursement, here at the Society’s Annual Conference.

Policy Snapshot
May 27, 2016

Visit the new Quality Payment Program webpage from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for the latest information on key milestones, training opportunities, and educational materials about the new approach to paying Medicare clinicians for quality care. The Quality Payment Program stems from the bipartisan Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).

Policy Snapshot
May 27, 2016

Groups of two or more Eligible Professionals (EPs) can avoid the -2.0% CY 2018 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) payment adjustment by meeting the satisfactory reporting criteria through the 2016 PQRS Group Reporting Option (GPRO). The Physician Value - PQRS (PV-PQRS) Registration System is now open through June 30 for groups to select a GPRO reporting mechanism:

  • Qualified PQRS Registry
  • Electronic Health Record (EHR) via Direct EHR using certified EHR technology (CEHRT) or CEHRT via Data Submission Vendor
  • Web Interface (for groups with 25 or more
  • ...
Spotlight
May 27, 2016

Safe and effective medication therapy starts with quality prescribing. “There are some basic dos and don’t’s for prescribing and managing medications in the post-acute and long-term care setting based on best practices and clinical evidence,” says AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine President Susan Levy, MD, CMD. Sharing this kind of information with stakeholders—from practitioners to patients—is part of what the Society’s new Quality Prescribing initiative is all about. Read more. ...

JAMDA
May 25, 2016

To determine the rate of inappropriate admissions to emergency departments (EDs) and to identify determinants of these admissions.

JAMDA
May 25, 2016

Operational definitions of successful aging place a strong emphasis on functional capacity, and strategies for successful aging include many factors common to frailty research. We explore the hypothesis that frailty and successful aging are two sides of the same coin and that walking speed may be an objective indicator of successful aging.

JAMDA
May 25, 2016

Operational definitions of successful aging place a strong emphasis on functional capacity, and strategies for successful aging include many factors common to frailty research. We explore the hypothesis that frailty and successful aging are two sides of the same coin and that walking speed may be an objective indicator of successful aging.

JAMDA
May 24, 2016

An antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) has been recommended for long-term care facilities because of the increasing problem of antibiotic resistance in this setting to improve prescribing and decrease adverse events. Recommendations have been made for the components of such a program, but there is little evidence to support any specific methodology at the present time. The recommendations make minimal reference to metrics, an essential component of any ASP, to monitor the results of interventions.