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JAMDA
June 23, 2016

Delirium disproportionately affects patients with dementia and is associated with adverse outcomes. The diagnosis of delirium superimposed on dementia (DSD), however, can be challenging due to several factors, including the absence of caregivers or the severity of preexisting cognitive impairment. Altered level of consciousness has been advocated as a possible useful indicator of delirium in this population. Here we evaluated the performance of the Richmond Agitation and Sedation Scale (RASS) and the modified-RASS (m-RASS), an ultra-brief measure of the level of consciousness, in the...

JAMDA
June 23, 2016

Delirium disproportionately affects patients with dementia and is associated with adverse outcomes. The diagnosis of delirium superimposed on dementia (DSD), however, can be challenging due to several factors, including the absence of caregivers or the severity of preexisting cognitive impairment. Altered level of consciousness has been advocated as a possible useful indicator of delirium in this population. Here we evaluated the performance of the Richmond Agitation and Sedation Scale (RASS) and the modified-RASS (m-RASS), an ultra-brief measure of the level of consciousness, in the...

JAMDA
June 21, 2016

To describe health care and preventive service provision to nursing home (NH) residents with diabetes mellitus (DM) and to analyze factors determining use of selected services.

JAMDA
June 21, 2016

To describe health care and preventive service provision to nursing home (NH) residents with diabetes mellitus (DM) and to analyze factors determining use of selected services.

Policy Snapshot
June 17, 2016

This week the American Medical Association (AMA) held their Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates in Chicago. The nation’s physicians, residents, and students gather together each year to weigh new AMA policy that will help advance the practice of medicine and improve the health of the nation.

AMDA - The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, represented by Delegate Eric Tangalos, MD, CMD, and Alternate Delegate Rajeev Kumar, MD, FACP,CMD, introduced four resolutions, which were passed by the Society’s House of Delegates during the Annual Conference held on March...

Policy Snapshot
June 17, 2016

Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program 2017 hardship exception applications are due by July 1, 2016, for eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) to avoid payment adjustments.

Spotlight
June 17, 2016

Society members have two free webinars to attend over the next few weeks, both on hot topics containing new information. The first webinar, “Parameters for Discussing and Billing for the New Advance Care Plan Code" will help Society members become more familiar with the new advance care planning codes and how to bill for them. “It will help hone participants’ skills in having discussions with their patients and family members about advance care planning, a very important topic,” says speaker Karl Steinberg, MD, CMD.

JAMDA
June 17, 2016

To perform a systematic search of the literature for currently available evidence on frailty as a predictor of dementia and to conduct a meta-analysis to synthesize the pooled risk estimates among community-dwelling older people.

JAMDA
June 17, 2016

Heart failure in centenarians is an especially challenging syndrome, as these patients frequently suffer from comorbidities and functional impairments. Age-related physiological changes can also affect pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics and may influence patient response to medication. Unfortunately, in this growing segment of the nation's population, evidence-based treatment guidelines are lacking.

JAMDA
June 17, 2016

Skeletal muscle is recognized as vital to physical movement, posture, and breathing. In a less known but critically important role, muscle influences energy and protein metabolism throughout the body. Muscle is a primary site for glucose uptake and storage, and it is also a reservoir of amino acids stored as protein. Amino acids are released when supplies are needed elsewhere in the body. These conditions occur with acute and chronic diseases, which decrease dietary intake while increasing metabolic needs.