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Caring for the Ages
February 1, 2016

A number of studies have reported that diet interventions can be an effective strategy for preventing or delaying the onset of dementia in older adults. While the Mediterranean (MedDiet) and the DASH (Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension) diets have demonstrated cardiovascular benefits in older adults, another reported outcome is a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline. The MedDiet is a cultural-based diet pattern that has been shown to prevent cardiovascular disease, whereas the DASH diet originally was developed to reduce and control blood pressure.

Caring for the Ages
February 1, 2016

A patient with acute pneumonia arrives in the emergency department of your local hospital. The patient and accompanying family members are originally from a rural village in an underdeveloped country, where the local belief is that pneumonia is best treated by scratching the patient’s back with a tropical leaf. What do you do?

JAMDA
January 30, 2016

To investigate whether distinct trajectories of frailty exist in older women and whether they are associated with measures of socioeconomic status (SES) across adulthood.

Policy Snapshot
January 29, 2016

Eligible Professionals who do not satisfactorily report quality measure data to meet the 2015 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) requirements will be subject to a negative PQRS payment adjustment on all Medicare Part B physician fee schedule services for 2017. Submissions end at 8 pm ET:

  • Electronic Health Record direct or data submission vendor (QRDA I or III) – January 1 through February 29, 2016
  • Qualified clinical data registries (QCDRs) (QRDA III) – January 1 through February 29, 2016
  • Group practice reporting option web interface – January 18
  • ...
Policy Snapshot
January 29, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted new, streamlined hardship applications on the Payment Adjustments and Hardship Information webpage, reducing the amount of information that eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) must submit to apply for an exception from the 2017 payment adjustment. Application timeline:

  • Eligible Professionals: March 15, 2016
  • Eligible Hospitals
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Policy Snapshot
January 29, 2016

A revised Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Billing Reference Fact Sheet is available. Learn about SNF:

  • Coverage
  • Payment
  • Billing requirements
  • ...
JAMDA
January 28, 2016

There are nonlinear risk associations of body mass index (BMI) with mortality in type 2 diabetes (T2D) and elderly populations although similar information in elderly individuals with T2D are lacking.

JAMDA
January 28, 2016

To assess the effect of age in the association between poor sleep quality and frailty status.

JAMDA
January 26, 2016

There is growing evidence of a relationship between nutrients and muscle mass, strength, and physical performance. Although nutrition is seen as an important pillar of treating sarcopenia, data on the nutritional intake of sarcopenic older adults are limited.

JAMDA
January 26, 2016

For older adults, falls are a serious health problem, with more than 30% of people older than 65 suffering a fall at least once a year. One element often overlooked in the assessment of falls is whether a person's balance, walking ability, and overall falls risk is affected by performing activities of daily living such as walking.