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November 15, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated the Quality Payment Program Participation Status Tool based on calculations from the second snapshot of Medicare Part B claims data to calculate the Alternative Payment Model (APM) entities threshold scores. The second snapshot is for dates of participation between January 1 and June 30, 2018. The tool includes 2018 Qualifying APM Participant (QP) and Merit-based Incentive Payment System APM status.

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Health Policy
November 15, 2018

The CY 2019 Physician Fee Schedule final rule is estimated to increase the amount of time doctors and other clinicians spend with their patients by reducing the burden of Medicare paperwork. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will hold a call on Monday, November 19, from 2 to 3:30 PM ET to briefly cover three provisions and address your questions:

  • Streamlining Evaluation and Management (E/M) payment and reducing clinician burden
  • Advancing virtual care
  • Continuing to improve the Quality Payment Program to reduce burden and offer
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JAMDA
November 15, 2018

The Barthel index (BI) is a widely used observer-based instrument to measure physical function. Our objective is to assess the structural validity, reliability, and interpretability of the BI in the geriatric rehabilitation setting.

JAMDA
November 15, 2018

To describe the incidence of delirium recording before and after a diagnosis of dementia is established in patients with dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and compare findings to a matched cohort of patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD).

Spotlight
November 14, 2018

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If you want proof that the Society really is one family of professionals, look no further than Firas Saidi, MD, CMD, the first registrant for the 2019 annual conference. He achieved this distinction because he went online to confirm his travel dates so he could meet up with a friend at the meeting. While he was on the...

JAMDA
November 14, 2018

Assisted living (AL) provides housing and personal care to residents who need assistance with daily activities. Few studies have examined black-white disparities in larger (25 + beds) ALs; therefore, little is known about black residents, their prior residential settings, and how they compare to whites in AL. We examined racial differences among a national cohort of AL residents and how the racial variation among AL Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) beneficiaries compared to differences among community-dwelling and nursing home cohorts.

JAMDA
November 14, 2018

Hip fractures are common consequences of falls in older adults and, among other negative health outcomes, often lead to care dependence in the long term. Until 2016, the German long-term care insurance classified care recipients according to a standardized classification system consisting of 3 care levels. It was based on required assistance in performing activities of daily living and assessed by a qualified physician or nurse. Thus, care level reflects the degree of care dependence. The aim of this study was to determine relevant patient characteristics, which are related to the...

JAMDA
November 14, 2018

The prevalence of obesity in nursing homes may vary between facilities and ranges between 25% and 58%.1,2 Obesity in older adults leads to functional decline, increased morbidity and mortality, and exists in context with sarcopenia (sarcopenic obesity) and frailty.3,4 In addition to its impact on patient outcomes, caring for obese individuals in nursing homes requires higher demand for staff and equipment to provide personal assistance and a physical environment capable of meeting their unique care needs.

Weekly Roundup
November 13, 2018

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Rajeev Kumar, MD, FACP, CMD, the Society’s secretary and chair of the Membership Committee, never tires of talking about the organization to his colleagues. “I usually get two reactions. There are people who are unaware of the organization and its member benefits but are excited to hear about them. Then there...

JAMDA
November 13, 2018

Peer support interventions represent a promising avenue for improving the outcomes of chronic diseases,1 such as diabetes.2 Hip fractures occur more than 300,000 times annually among older US adults.3 Functional recovery after hip fracture may occur over months to years after the initial treatment4 and may be affected by social supports.5 We conducted a pilot study to assess the feasibility and acceptability of a 6-week telephone peer support program for older adults recently hospitalized with a hip fracture.