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September 1, 2017

The following is excerpted with permission from JAMDA.

September 1, 2017

Emergency evacuations appear to increase the risk of death among patients in nursing homes, according to an Australian meta-analysis of relevant studies, and the risk for mortality associated with the evacuation increases independent of the effects of the disaster itself.

September 1, 2017

LOS ANGELES — Restrict daytime sleep, check blood pressure while patients are standing, and don’t overtreat diabetes. And there’s more: No caffeinated coffee, no canes, and definitely no high heels — but ice cream can do wonders. These were some of the fall prevention tips offered by geriatrician Elizabeth A. Landsverk, MD, at the California...

September 1, 2017

In May of this year, an armed man with a history of domestic violence approached the Pine Kirk Care Center, a nursing facility in Kirkersville, OH, where his ex-girlfriend was employed as a nurse. After taking two men hostage outside of the facility then fatally shooting the local police chief, he entered the nursing facility — where he killed...

September 1, 2017

Amid growing uncertainly inside the Washington, DC beltway, AMDA – the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine continues to make an impact through its advocacy work. Through the first half of 2017, the Society has worked to expand its reach in coalitions and has had a direct impact on policies adopted by the American Medical...

September 1, 2017

LOS ANGELES — More than a third of people in the United States older than 65 are estimated to be obese, and the percentage may be higher than 40% among those 65 to 74. These numbers could translate to millions of seniors who will need bariatric care when they arrive in American nursing homes.

September 1, 2017

PHOENIX — Addressing end-of-life issues with patients and families is never easy for physicians. However, they have a whole team of professionals who can offer support and assistance and make end-of-life planning more effective and less stressful for everyone. At the AMDA — the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine’s Annual...

September 1, 2017

PHOENIX — A fall off a bike had a devastating impact on the life of one man, but it revealed much about how the brain works. In his closing keynote presentation at AMDA – the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine’s Annual Conference, researcher Marc Milstein, PhD, told the story of “H.M.,” who had daily seizures and was severely...

September 1, 2017

Multiple immunizations are recommended for older adults, as are annual flu vaccines. Specifically, these include two pneumonia vaccines: PPSV23, the 23-valent vaccine containing pneumococcal capsular polysaccharide, and pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) that protects older adults against 13 types of pneumococcal bacteria. PPSV23 is...

September 1, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued the fiscal year 2018 Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System and Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System final rule, which updates 2018 Medicare payment and policies when patients are discharged from hospitals. The final rule relieves regulatory burdens for providers,...