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Policy Snapshot
May 8, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic has forced health care providers to limit in-person visits, telehealth has expanded rapidly. In response to the need to obtain informed consent from patients for virtual visits, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has created a ...

Policy Snapshot
May 8, 2020

Section 3708 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (Pub. L. No. 116-136) amended sections 1814(a) and 1835(a) of the Social Security Act to allow nurse practitioners (NPs), certified clinical nurse specialists (CNSs), and physician assistants (PAs) to certify beneficiaries for eligibility under the Medicare home health benefit and oversee their plan of care. This is a permanent change.

Effective for claims with dates of service on or after March 1, 2020, these non-physician practitioners may bill the following codes:

  • G0179: Physician
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Policy Snapshot
May 8, 2020

During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, CMS is relaxing billing requirements for laboratory tests (PDF) required for a COVID-19 diagnosis. Any health care professional authorized under state law may order tests. Medicare will pay for tests without a written order from the treating physician or other practitioner:

  • If an order is not written, an ordering or referring National Provider Identifier (NPI) is not required on the claim
  • If an order is written, include the NPI of
  • ...
Spotlight
May 7, 2020

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The COVID-19 pandemic has been a worldwide tragedy and has exposed many gaps in policy and resources. However, it also has put a new focus on some issues that AMDA has championed for years. Among these is advance care planning (ACP), specifically the use of...

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May 7, 2020
JAMDA
May 6, 2020

To assess the internal consistency, convergent and divergent validity, and concurrent validity of the Tilburg Frailty Indicator (TFI) within community-dwelling older people in Spain, Greece, Croatia, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

JAMDA
May 6, 2020

To estimate the prevalence of understated cognitive impairment by administering the Clock-Drawing Test (CDT) to community-dwelling individuals aged ≥50 years and to investigate the associated clinical phenotype.

JAMDA
May 5, 2020

To describe the prevalence of sarcopenia in a large group of community-dwelling older adults using the Asian Working Group for Sarcopenia (AWGS) 2019 definition and algorithm.

JAMDA
May 5, 2020

In this study including 329 acutely hospitalized patients aged 80 and older the prevalence of oropharyngeal dysphagia (assessed with an objective test, the Volume-Viscosity Swallow Test) was 82.4%.