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JAMDA
January 7, 2019

Screening frail older individuals and implementing intervention programs is a strategic measure as it could prevent the progression toward dependency.1–4 Policy makers and health professionals are exploring different options to implement frailty management in primary care.5,6 Specialized hospital care may introduce a recruitment bias in favor of city residents. Involving primary care physicians limits this risk, but in reality the physicians are overburdened, and this limits home care visits. Thus, there is great concern about the equal accessibility of these programs, especially for rural...

JAMDA
January 7, 2019

In 2016, the Society of Critical Care launched its Surviving Sepsis Campaign, emphasizing early recognition and management of sepsis.1 Sepsis disproportionately affects older adults, particularly nursing facility residents who, compared to non-nursing facility residents, experience higher rates of intensive care unit admission (40% vs 21%), have a longer hospital length of stay (7 vs 5 days), and have higher in-hospital mortality (37% vs 15%).2 Factors that contribute to an increased risk of adverse outcomes include age-related changes such frailty, immune senescence, alterations in...

JAMDA
January 7, 2019

Previous literature has reported that loneliness is the strongest predictor of frailty, which is also closely associated with activity engagement. Yet, to date, the path from loneliness to frailty has not been investigated. In this study, we evaluated whether activity engagement mediates the relationship between loneliness and frailty among older adults living in nursing homes.

JAMDA
January 7, 2019

To investigate if the multicomponent intervention of the COSMOS trial, combining communication, systematic pain management, medication review, and activities, improved quality of life (QoL) in nursing home patients with complex needs.

JAMDA
January 7, 2019

To examine changes in personality in individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or dementia as observed by family members using both new data and a meta-analysis with the published literature.

JAMDA
January 7, 2019

To find dietary patterns and foods associated with cognitive function.

Weekly Roundup
January 4, 2019

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Abely Solutions, Canopy Tools, Raiven Healthcare, and WoundWiseIQ. These four companies will compete in the Society’s 2nd annual Shark Tank competition, to be held at the...

Health Policy
January 3, 2019

On December 21, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that sets a new direction for the Medicare Shared Savings Program. Referred to as “Pathways to Success,” this new direction for the Shared Savings Program redesigns the participation options available under the program to encourage Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) to transition to performance-based risk more quickly and, for eligible ACOs, incrementally, to increase savings for the trust funds.

In connection with the program redesign, CMS will offer an application cycle for a one-time...

Health Policy
January 3, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has officially opened the data submission period for Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians who participated in Year 2 (2018) of the Quality Payment Program. With the exceptions noted in the paragraph below, data can be submitted and updated any time from January 2 to April 2, 2019.

Please note that CMS web Interface users need to report their quality performance category data between January 22 and March 22, 2019. Also, for clinicians who reported...

Health Policy
January 3, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is tracking the progress of the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes by reviewing publicly reported measures. The official measure of the partnership is the percentage of long-stay nursing home residents who receive antipsychotic medication, excluding residents diagnosed with schizophrenia, Huntington's disease, or Tourette’s syndrome. In...