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JAMDA
June 29, 2016

Sarcopenia was recently classified a geriatric syndrome and is a major challenge to healthy aging. Affected patients tend to have worse clinical outcomes and higher mortality than those without sarcopenia. Although there is general agreement on the principal diagnostic characteristics, initial thresholds for muscle mass, strength, and physical performance were based on data from populations of predominantly Europid ancestry and may not apply worldwide. The Asian Working Group for Sarcopenia (AWGS) issued regional consensus guidelines in 2014, and many more research studies from Asia have...

JAMDA
June 29, 2016

Sarcopenia was recently classified a geriatric syndrome and is a major challenge to healthy aging. Affected patients tend to have worse clinical outcomes and higher mortality than those without sarcopenia. Although there is general agreement on the principal diagnostic characteristics, initial thresholds for muscle mass, strength, and physical performance were based on data from populations of predominantly Europid ancestry and may not apply worldwide. The Asian Working Group for Sarcopenia (AWGS) issued regional consensus guidelines in 2014, and many more research studies from Asia have...

Spotlight
June 24, 2016

Over the years, the Foundation has built a strong legacy of research and education initiatives that have driven innovative, quality post-acute and long-term care (PALTC). Now, the organization is evolving to further serve PALTC practitioners and enable more Society members to be involved in planning, shaping, and creating a successful future for their patients, their practices, and their profession. “We have been working hard in recent months to envision how the Foundation can serve the broader needs of the Society and be more robust in its programming and fundraising capacity,” says...

Policy Snapshot
June 24, 2016

AMDA-The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine recently submitted comments on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rule entitled Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities FY 2017, SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program, SNF Quality Reporting Program, and SNF Payment Models Research; Proposed Rule.

The Society noted that, “members often follow patients across the Post-Acute Care (PAC) spectrum, and as CMS tries to standardize measures across all PAC settings (IMPACT Act), clinicians could be a...

Policy Snapshot
June 24, 2016

Over the last few weeks, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) made several important announcements related to the Quality Payment Program, which is proposed to implement the new, bipartisan law changing how Medicare pays clinicians, known as the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). On June 20, HHS announced $20 million to fund on-the-ground training and education for Medicare clinicians in individual or small group practices of 15 clinicians or fewer. These funds will help provide hands-on training tailored to small practices, especially those...

Policy Snapshot
June 24, 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
  • ...
Weekly Roundup
June 24, 2016

Spotlight: The Foundation: New Name, New Focus, Same Passion

HPA: HHS Announces Major Initiative to Help Small Practices Prepare for the Quality Payment Program 2016 PQRS GPRO Registration Open through June 30 The Society Submits Comments on CMS SNF PPS Proposed Rule

JAMDA
June 24, 2016

Close to 1 in 5 patients admitted to a skilled nursing facility (SNF) are readmitted to the acute hospital within 30 days, and a substantial percentage are readmitted within 2 days of the SNF admission. These rapid returns to the hospital may provide insights for improving care transitions between the acute hospital and the SNF.

JAMDA
June 24, 2016

The traditional model of hospitalized care has changed dramatically over the past century, from addressing acute self-limited pathologies toward addressing much more complex patient profiles that are characterized by frailty, disability, multimorbidity, and polypharmacy in older and chronic patients. These changes have marked the appearance of geriatric syndromes that modify patient life trajectories. Despite these changes in patient profiles, the hospital model remains stuck in the previous century model in such a way that hospitalization can perfectly manage acute diseases, such as...

JAMDA
June 24, 2016

Acetylcholinesterase inhibitor (AChEI) and memantine are recognized drug treatments with limited clinical efficacy. Combination therapy for patients with Alzheimer disease (AD) was suggested, but the additional benefit of combination therapy is still controversial.