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August 30, 2020

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JAMDA
August 29, 2020

Pneumonia is a frequent cause of hospitalization among nursing home (NH) residents, but little information is available as to how clinical presentation and other characteristics relate to hospitalization, and the differential use of antimicrobials based on hospitalization status. This study examined how hospitalized and nonhospitalized NH residents with pneumonia differ.

JAMDA
August 29, 2020

To examine the effectiveness of game-based interventions compared with usual care on health-related outcomes for acutely hospitalized older patients.

JAMDA
August 29, 2020

Existing studies cannot evaluate the time-varying properties of frailty and polypharmacy despite raising concerns about their combined effects in older individuals.This study investigated the longitudinal association between different combined statuses of frailty and polypharmacy on risks of adverse outcomes.

JAMDA
August 28, 2020

Maintenance of independence is a challenge for nursing home residents whose pain is often substantial. The objective of this study was to explore the relationship between pain perception and care dependency in a population of Dutch nursing home residents.

JAMDA
August 28, 2020

To provide an estimate and level of uncertainty for Medicaid cost savings due to Minnesota's Return to Community Initiative (RTCI).

JAMDA
August 27, 2020

A machine-learning model trained on COVID-19 outcomes from 1,146 NHs identified a NH’s county’s infection rate, number of units, historical health deficiencies from CMS inspections, percent of non-Hispanic White residents, and density as predictive of infection risk.

Policy Snapshot
August 27, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is implementing a national nursing home training program for frontline nursing home staff and nursing home management. The training is designed to equip both frontline caregivers and their management with the knowledge they need to stop the spread of COVID-19 in their nursing homes. The training is available immediately to staff of America’s 15,400 Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing homes and focuses on critical topics like infection control and prevention, appropriate screening of visitors, effective cohorting of residents, safe...

Policy Snapshot
August 27, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced sweeping regulatory changes that require nursing homes to test staff and offer COVID-19 testing to residents for. Laboratories and nursing homes using point-of-care testing devices will be required to report diagnostic test results as required by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The new rules also require hospitals to provide COVID-...