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JAMDA
May 1, 2020
JAMDA
May 1, 2020
JAMDA
May 1, 2020

The World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 situation as a pandemic on March 11, 2020.1 To date, Italy is the country after China that has been most severely hit by this humanitarian and public health tsunami. Projections are even suggesting that the number of deaths due to SARS-CoV-2 in Italy will continue to increase in the near future, leaving us the sad world record of casualties.

JAMDA
May 1, 2020

The risk of complications and death from COVID-19 is markedly skewed toward older adults. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently wrote, “Given their congregate nature and residents served (eg, older adults often with underlying chronic medical conditions), nursing home populations are at the highest risk of being affected by COVID-19. If infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, residents are at increased risk of serious illness.”1

JAMDA
May 1, 2020

At the end of 2019, international attention was drawn to an outbreak of zoonotic coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, formally named COVID-19, in Wuhan, China.1 The World Health Organization officially declared the outbreak a global pandemic on March 11, 2020, with the United States recording >1600 confirmed and presumptive travel-related and community-acquired cases at that time.1,2 As of April 10, 2020, all 50 US states and the District of Columbia, have reported cases, with the total number of US cases now totaling >400,000.

JAMDA
May 1, 2020

In a recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, Won et al1 focused on to the association of acetylcholinesterase inhibitors (AChEIs) with osteoporotic fractures among older adults with Alzheimer's disease (AD). With existing conflicting findings on this association, the current study significantly extended evidence by showing in a huge study sample that subjects on AChEIs were at a small increased risk of osteoporotic fractures. Another important aspect of this study is that dose, duration of treatment, and exposure timing of AChEIs were not associated with...

JAMDA
May 1, 2020

We thank Naharci and Tasci1 for their thoughtful comments regarding our recent article published in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Assoication.2 They provided us with an opportunity to further increase the clinical value of our finding relating to the association between acetylcholinesterase inhibitors (AChEIs) and risk of fracture in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD).

JAMDA
May 1, 2020

Pain is a risk factor for falls in older adults, but the mechanisms are not well understood, limiting our ability to implement effective preventive strategies. The aim of this study was to systematically review and synthesize the literature that has examined the impact of pain on static, dynamic, multicomponent, and reactive balance in community-dwelling older adults.

Policy Snapshot
May 1, 2020

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a second round of emergency declaration waivers including:

Further Expansion of Telehealth in Medicare:

  • CMS previously announced that Medicare would pay for certain services conducted by audio-only telephone between beneficiaries and their doctors and other clinicians. Now, CMS is broadening that list to include many behavioral health and patient education services. CMS is also increasing payments for these telephone visits to match payments for similar office and outpatient visits. This
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Policy Snapshot
May 1, 2020

Last week, the Society—through its membership in the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO)—sent letters of support for the Advancing Connectivity during the Coronavirus to Ensure Support for Seniors Act (ACCESS Act, H.R. 6487 and S. 3517).

The ACCESS Act would provide grants to nursing homes to obtain and use technologies and services necessary to support virtual visits during the current public health emergency. The grants would help enable more residents and their loved ones to stay connected, including being able to see each other via video. “Such communication would...