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October 16, 2015

On October 7, CMS announced promising results of the first shared savings performance year for the Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative. In 2014, CPC practices showed positive quality results, with hospital readmissions lower than national benchmarks and high performance on patient experience measures, particularly on provider communication with patients and timely access to care. CPC practices that demonstrated high quality care and reduced spending above a threshold shared in savings generated for Medicare.

During this first shared savings performance year, the initiative...

Policy Snapshot
October 16, 2015

Affordable Care Act model designed to improve care for beneficiaries with kidney failure while reducing costs

CMS announced the participants for the Comprehensive End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Care (CEC) Model, a new Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model. The CEC Model is designed specifically for beneficiaries with ESRD and builds on experiences from other models and programs with ACOs, including the Pioneer ACO Model and the Medicare Shared Savings Program.

In the CEC Model, dialysis facilities, nephrologists, and other providers have joined together to form...

Policy Snapshot
October 16, 2015

To access a product available for order in a hard copy format, go to Medicare Learning Network Products, scroll down to the bottom of the web page to the “Related Links” section, and click on the “Medicare Learning Network Product Ordering Page.”

JAMDA
October 14, 2015

Motoric cognitive syndrome (MCR), a newly described predementia syndrome characterized by cognitive complaints and slow gait, is associated with increased risk of developing dementia. Due to the potential differences in health, behavioral, and lifestyle factors between races that can influence dementia risk, it is important to examine risk factors for MCR in different countries. This study aimed to report the prevalence as well as modifiable factors associated with MCR in Japanese community-dwelling older adults.

Policy Snapshot
October 9, 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released final rules that simplify requirements and add new flexibilities for providers to make electronic health information available when and where it matters most and for health care providers and consumers to be able to readily, safely, and securely exchange that information. The final rule for 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria (2015 Edition) and final rule with comment period for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHRs)...

Policy Snapshot
October 9, 2015

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has opened the 30-day preview period for the 2014 quality measures that will be reported on Physician Compare later this year. You can...

JAMDA
October 8, 2015

Cardiovascular disorders are recognized as risk factors for falls in older adults. The aim of this systematic review was to identify cardiovascular disorders that are associated with falls, thus providing angles for optimization of fall-preventive care.

JAMDA
October 5, 2015

Increasing residents' acuity levels and available resources in long-term institutional care requires insight into the care provided by nursing staff so as to guide task allocation and optimal use of resources, and enhance quality of care. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between time use and type of nursing staff, residents' acuity levels, and unit type by using a standardized nursing intervention classification.

JAMDA
October 5, 2015

Cholinesterase inhibitors (ChEIs) offer modest benefits in Alzheimer disease (AD), which must be balanced against risks. Relatively few data delineate the benefits and risks of long-term ChEI administration in institutionalized patients with advanced AD. This study investigated the effects of ChEI discontinuation in institutionalized patients with AD.

JAMDA
October 2, 2015

To identify nursing home (NH) standards related to sexual activity and sexual relationships for residents through a nationwide survey of directors of nursing (DONs).