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Caring for the Ages
February 1, 2016

As clinicians know, dementia is not a specific disease but a syndrome comprising multiple etiologies, which regularly overlap. Perhaps the most insidious, destructive — and to the clinician, frustrating — form of dementia is of the “ambulance acquired” variety.

Caring for the Ages
February 1, 2016

Patients with Alzheimer’s disease who performed poorly on early cognitive tests seemed to progress more rapidly than those with less baseline impairment, a study showed. Age was also an indicator of progression, with younger patients declining at a more rapid pace, according to the study published online in December on the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias website. But no single test—even those routinely used as diagnostic tools—successfully predicted the rate of decline, reported Jennifer N.

Caring for the Ages
February 1, 2016

Many patients with Alzheimer’s disease can still identify a trusted individual to make decisions about participation in research, even when their cognitive abilities have declined to the point that they may not be able to give informed consent for participation in a particular research protocol.

Caring for the Ages
February 1, 2016

Health care providers protect patient information through daily actions, but failures resulting in breaches of compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) are increasingly costly. Initially passed into law in 2003, HIPAA has been updated several times with a number of amendments and updates. Most recently, 2013 modifications added requirements for HIPAA-covered entities and business associates that required both types of entities to directly comply with the updated privacy and security standards.

Caring for the Ages
February 1, 2016

For doctors unable to meet meaningful use requirements for 2015, Congress has approved a blanket process for those applying for a hardship exemption to avoid having a penalty applied to their Medicare payments in 2017.

Caring for the Ages
February 1, 2016

A “broad swath” of Medicare providers wrote scripts for opioids in 2013, contradicting the idea that the overdose epidemic is mainly the work of “small groups of prolific prescribers and corrupt pill mills,” investigators wrote online in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Caring for the Ages
February 1, 2016

Although 2015 might not have been the year of the blockbuster Alzheimer’s drug, it did lay a few more paving stones on the road to understanding the disease.

Caring for the Ages
February 1, 2016

Dear Dr. Jeff:

Caring for the Ages
February 1, 2016

Regular aspirin use appears to protect against the development of metastatic and fatal prostate cancer, according to an analysis of the Physicians’ Health Study.

Caring for the Ages
February 1, 2016

Less than half of U.S. hospitals require health care workers to receive annual flu shots, according to a survey study with responses from nearly 500 facilities.