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JAMDA
March 17, 2020

Significant health care reforms resulting from the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act (IMPACT Act) and Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) have important implications for patient selection, payment, and outcomes. These reforms promote new relationships between clinical care sites through joint accountability for costs and development of standard outcomes. The reforms also place a new emphasis on clinical outcomes—such as reducing hospital readmissions—as a part of new value-based payment models.

JAMDA
March 17, 2020

We examined the relationship between nursing assistant (NA) retention and a measure capturing nursing home leadership and staff empowerment.

JAMDA
March 13, 2020

COVID-19, the abbreviated name for the coronavirus disease 2019, has quickly drawn the attention of worldwide media, public health officials, health care providers, and a worried public. Since its identification in Wuhan, China on December 31, 2019, the virus has spread to over 100 countries, including the United States. This spread has occurred despite aggressive public health measures to contain it.1 As of March 8, 2020, there have been over 105,000 known cases of COVID-19 infection with over 3500 deaths.

JAMDA
March 13, 2020

To assess the application of a structured process to consolidate the number of medication administration times for residents of aged care facilities.

JAMDA
March 13, 2020

To evaluate the clinical characteristics and the long-term outcome of atrial fibrillation (AF) patients with dementia and history of syncope or falls.

Spotlight
March 12, 2020

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“There is a lot of literature on the timing of palliative care, yet there is an ongoing lack of understanding of what palliative care is by patients, families, providers, post-acute care settings, and home health and community services,” Wayne Saltsman, MD, PhD, said at the start of the...

Policy Snapshot
March 12, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic Congress and the administration took action to expand the use of telehealth to help mitigate the spread of the virus. In a press release on March 9, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) led with the following headline: Telehealth Benefits in Medicare are a Lifeline for Patients During Coronavirus Outbreak. Congress also authorized nearly $500 million in its $8 billion package to expand the use of...

Policy Snapshot
March 12, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to issue guidance in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency:

Policy Snapshot
March 12, 2020

Last week, Sens. John Thune (R-SD) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), members of the Senate Finance Committee, and Reps. Adrian Smith (R-NE) and Ann Kuster (D-NH) introduced companion versions of the Reducing Unnecessary Senior Hospitalizations (RUSH) Act of 2020—legislation to facilitate greater use of telehealth in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs).

The RUSH Act would allow Medicare to enter into voluntary, value-based arrangements with medical groups to provide acute care to patients in skilled nursing facilities using a combination of telehealth and on-site staff. Working together to...

Policy Snapshot
March 12, 2020

The data submission deadline for Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians who participated in the 2019 performance period of the Quality Payment Program is March 31 at 8 PM ET. Note: The data submission period for accountable care organizations and pre-registered groups and virtual groups also closes on March 31.

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