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Caring for the Ages
August 1, 2019

Karl Steinberg, MD, CMD, HMDC, talks about how to protect your loved ones and you from fraud, abuse, and identity theft.

Caring for the Ages
August 1, 2019

The AMDA On-The-Go podcast is more popular than ever. Society members and other stakeholders appreciate the opportunity to hear from leading experts addressing the hottest issues — and to listen while driving to a facility, working out, or having a meal. If you haven’t yet become an AMDA On-The-Go aficionado, it’s not too late. Go to https://paltc.org/podcast to listen to the latest episode, or check out the impressive archives of podcasts on a wide range of topics.

Caring for the Ages
August 1, 2019

A new term was recently coined for the actions consultant pharmacists should take under the 2019 PDPM reimbursement model. 3

Caring for the Ages
August 1, 2019

A provider-focused, goal-driven care model can significantly reduce unnecessary — and often unwanted — transfers of individuals from skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) to emergency departments (EDs), according to a prospective cohort study conducted in New Hampshire.

Caring for the Ages
August 1, 2019

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Caring for the Ages
August 1, 2019

Across all settings of care we are increasingly focused on using and providing behavioral interventions to optimize health, well-being, and quality of life, to increase physical activity, and to manage the behavioral and psychological symptoms associated with aging. The human–animal bond, defined by the American Veterinary Medical Association as “a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and animals that is influenced by behaviors essential to the health and well-being of both,” is a behavioral intervention that can address a multitude of clinical problems.

Caring for the Ages
August 1, 2019

Dear Dr. Jeff: Our facility administrator has asked all the “providers” to participate in a chain-wide program to boost “consumer satisfaction.” Our medical team would be happy to participate in quality improvement projects. But most of us object to the paradigm where our patients become consumers of medical care and we become short order cooks in a medical fast food chain, selling drugs on demand while wearing smile buttons. Good care often requires saying “no” to antipsychotics used as sleeping pills, excessive opioids, siderails, antibiotics for foul-smelling urine, Valium prescriptions...

Caring for the Ages
August 1, 2019

Avoiding an apparently tough challenge that carries an inherently high risk of failure may not always be the best strategy. Failures teach us valuable lessons that may then be applied to tackle the same challenge with a new approach or to address a whole new problem. In Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (New York: Random House, 2006), Carol Dweck, PhD, shares her credible research supporting this approach, referring to it as the “growth” mindset. People and organizations with such an attitude, she argues, are set for more success than those with the “fixed” mindset.

Caring for the Ages
August 1, 2019

In July 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a new case mix classification model, the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM), which will be used under the Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System (PPS) for classifying SNF patients in a covered Part A stay (https://go.cms.gov/2S2lrRR). Beginning October 1, 2019, PDPM will replace the current case mix classification system, the Resource Utilization Group, Version IV (RUG-IV).