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Readmission Patterns Over 90-Day Episodes of Care Among Medicare Fee-for-Service Beneficiaries Discharged to Post-acute Care

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 15:40
JAMDA Examine readmission patterns over 90-day episodes of care in persons discharged from hospitals to post-acute settings.

Bonner Is First Non-Physician Practitioner Elected to Society Board

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 12:07
April 20, 2018 Contact:  [email protected] Columbia, MD--Alice Bonner, PhD, APRN-GNP, Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs, is the first nurse practitioner (NP) to serve on the Society Board of Directors since the organization opened up its voting membership to advance practice professionals four years ago. Dr. Bonner, who was recently elected as Board Representative—House of Delegates, has an extensive track record with the Society—as a speaker, educator, author in JAMDA and Caring, Chapter member and state delegate, and volunteer. Her election, she says, “represents the acknowledgement by the Society that interprofessional teams are critically important.” She adds, “Geriatrics and the care of older adults has always been a team sport, even before accountable care organizations and other models. The Society is demonstrating ongoing leadership regarding the importance of interprofessional teams by having advanced practitioners on the board and recognizing the values that different disciplines bring to the organization.” Dr. Bonner started coming to Society conferences some 20 years ago. She says, “What kept me coming back was the fellowship, camaraderie, and inclusivity. Even then, I found that these physicians were welcoming and accepting of advance practitioners; and they have become ever more so over the years.” She also was impressed by the quality of the education at the conferences, as well as tools such as clinical practice guidelines. She says of the Society, “This is the one place where people really get post-acute and long-term care.” Prior to her current role, Dr. Bonner served as Deputy Associate Regional Administrator for the Northeast Region and Director of the Division of Nursing Homes in Baltimore, Maryland for the Survey and Certification Group at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). She has been instrumental working with the Society to build a rapport between the organization and government agencies. She says, “Experts in the Society have knowledge and experience in the field, and this is valuable to CMS as they evaluate and re-evaluate nursing home policy for the country. There is a benefit to our members having an ongoing relationship with CMS so that they can help promote sound policies that improve nursing home care and support the great work our members do.” Outside of work, Dr. Bonner is an avid runner and volunteers with a group called “Back on My Feet,” which helps homeless men and women rebuild their lives through running. “Through the fellowship of being on a team, they get peer support and build relationships that are helpful as they work to get back on their feet.” Dr. Bonner says, “Many of our team members who have experienced homelessness run marathons and other races with us. It’s very uplifting.” ### AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine is the only medical specialty society representing the community of over 50,000 medical directors, physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other practitioners working in the various post-acute and long-term care (PA/LTC) settings. Dedicated to defining and improving quality, we advance our mission through timely professional development, evidence-based clinical guidance, and tireless advocacy on behalf of members, patients, families, and staff. Visit www.paltc.org for more information.

Apply to Participate in the 2018 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Study on Burdens Associated with Reporting Quality Measures to Receive Improvement Activity Credit for 2018

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 10:36
Health Policy Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Payment, Medicare Access and CHIP Re-authorization Act (MACRA), Merit-Based Incentive Program Payment System (MIPS), Practitioners The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is conducting the 2018 Burdens Associated with Reporting Quality Measures Study, as outlined in the Quality Payment Program Year 2 final rule (CMS 5522- FC). CMS is conducting this study to: Examine clinical workflows and...

The Society Joins Others in Urging CMS to Reduce 2018 MIPs Reporting Period

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 10:26
Health Policy Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Payment, Medicare Access and CHIP Re-authorization Act (MACRA), Merit-Based Incentive Program Payment System (MIPS), Quality Payment Program (QPP), Practitioners This week, AMDA-The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine joined with the American Medical Association and over 40 national medical specialty societies in urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to reduce the 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)...

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Erratum

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:54
JAMDA The Authors wish to make a correction to their article published in JAMDA (https://doi.org/10/1016/j.jamda.2017.09.014) "Relationship Between Sarcopenia and Frailty in the Toledo Study of Healthy Aging: A Population Based Cross-Sectional...

Consolidated Medication Review Algorithm to Improve Medications Use in Older Adults: Components, Scoring Scheme, and Implementation

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:54
JAMDA Medication review algorithms and minimization frameworks are known to aid reviewers in identifying and discontinuing potentially inappropriate medications, which may otherwise lead older population to harmful events.1 There have been many algorithms and minimization frameworks that have been...

Cognitive-Based Interventions to Improve Mobility: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:54
JAMDA A strong relation between cognition and mobility has been identified in aging, supporting a role for enhancement mobility through cognitive-based interventions. However, a critical evaluation of the consistency of treatment effects of cognitive-based interventions is currently lacking. The...

Seeking Nursing Home Physicians in the Midwest

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 09:29
Job Category:  Physician Type:  Employee Setting:  Nursing Home Status:  Other Location:  Eau Claire , WI Posting Date:  April 17, 2018 Expiration Date:  July 17, 2018 Description:  Marshfield Clinic - Marshfield Center is seeking a Nursing Home physician for long term, post-acute, and rehab at 3 nursing homes. Geriatric or Palliative fellows encouraged to apply! Daytime call only, No PM or weekend calls. Marshfield Clinic - Eau Claire Center is seeking a Nursing Home physician for long term, post-acute, and rehab at nursing homes in Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, Altoona, and Lake Hallie. Geriatric or Palliative fellows encouraged to apply! Daytime call only, No PM or weekend calls. Part time applicant’s encouraged! Marshfield Clinic - Minocqua Center is seeking a Nursing Home physician for long term, post-acute, and rehab at nursing homes in Rhinelander, Minocqua, Park Falls, and Phillips. Seeking Geriatric or Palliative fellows. Daytime call only, No PM or weekend calls. Part time applicants encouraged to apply! Compensation and Benefits * Two year guaranteed salary, then production-based * 4 weeks’ vacation to start; 2 weeks CME * $5,800 CME annual allowance * Health, Dental, Life, Disability, and Occurrence Based Malpractice insurance * 401(k) with match; 457(b); outstanding employer-funded retirement plan * Generous Relocation Allowance Responsibilities:  Marshfield Clinic is part of Marshfield Clinic Health System, and is committed to enriching the lives of others through accessible, affordable compassionate healthcare. Successful applicants will listen, serve and put the needs of patients and customers first. Marshfield Clinic is overseen by an 11-member physician Board of Directors and a physician executive director. Marshfield Clinic physicians and staff serve more than 360,000 unique patients each year through accessible, high quality health care, research and education. With 700+ physicians in 86 medical specialties and subspecialties as well as over 9,000 employees in 55 clinical locations in 34 Wisconsin communities, Marshfield Clinic is nationally recognized for innovative practices and quality care. Application Submission:  Please Contact: Jennifer Waters-Plemon Marshfield Clinic - Physician Recruiter 715-221-5773 or waters-plemon.jennifer@marshfieldclinic.org Marshfield Clinic

Call for Presentations and Abstracts

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 08:47
2019 Call for Oral Presentations and Poster Abstracts The Annual Conference Program Planning Subcommittee invites you to submit oral presentations and poster abstracts for AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine Annual Conference 2019, March 7-10, 2019 in Atlanta, GA. Target Audience The program is designed for medical directors, attending physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, administrators, consultant pharmacists, mental health professionals, social workers/case managers, and other professionals practicing in the PA/LTC continuum. Medical students, interns, residents and fellows planning a career in geriatrics are also encouraged to attend. Educational Needs The Society welcomes submissions on all topics pertinent to PA/LTC medicine and medical direction. Based on the latest educational needs analysis conducted by Annual Conference Program Planning Subcommittee, these topics have been identified as areas of focus for this year. How to Submit To submit an oral presentation or abstract for the 2019 Annual Conference or for more information, please click here. All abstracts must be submitted via the abstract submission site. The deadline to submit oral presentations is July 17, 2018 and the deadline to submit poster abstracts is November 30, 2018. Questions? Contact the Society’s Professional Development/Meetings Department at education@paltc.org.  

National Health Care Decisions Day is April 16

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 11:10
Health Policy Advance Care Planning, Practitioners National Health Care Decisions Day educates the public and providers about the importance of Advance Care Planning (ACP). Did you know that ACP services can be billed to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule? The Society’s...

CMS Releases Updated 2018 MIPS Eligibility Tool

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 11:08
Health Policy Payment, Merit-Based Incentive Program Payment System (MIPS), Practitioners, Certified Medical Director The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released an updated MIPS Participation Lookup Tool to check on your 2018 eligibility for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Just enter your ...

MIPS APM: Resources from CMS for Performance Year 2018

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 13:51
Health Policy Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Payment, Alternative Payment Models (APM), Medicare Access and CHIP Re-authorization Act (MACRA), Merit-Based Incentive Program Payment System (MIPS), Practitioners Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Alternative Payment Model (APM) performance year 2018 materials are available: ...

Reducing Provider Burden: Send CMS Your Feedback

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 13:44
Health Policy Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Practitioners Medicare is simplifying claims documentation requirements so that you spend less time on paperwork, allowing you to focus more on your patients. Visit the Provider Compliance Group’s ...

Society Backed APMs Move Forward After PTAC Vote

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 13:42
Health Policy Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Alternative Payment Models (APM), Medicare Access and CHIP Re-authorization Act (MACRA), Merit-Based Incentive Program Payment System (MIPS), Practitioners Several Society supported Advanced Payment Models (APMs) moved forward to the Secretary for implementation after the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) met March 26-27 to review four proposed payment models. A vote by PTAC results in one of the following...

2017 MIPS Improvement Activities Resources; Data Submission Deadline March 31st

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 09:21
Health Policy Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Payment, Medicare Access and CHIP Re-authorization Act (MACRA), Merit-Based Incentive Program Payment System (MIPS), Quality Payment Program (QPP), Practitioners The March 31, 2018 data submission deadline for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) is quickly approaching!  As you prepare to submit 2017...

Congress Focusing on Opioid Crisis

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 09:15
Health Policy Medication, Opioids, Pain Management, Practitioners In response to the deepening opioid crisis, Congress is engaged in a multi-faceted review of a package of opioid bills.  The recently passed omnibus bill included an additional $3.6 billion for opioid-addiction and mental-health services such as increased NIH funding, state opioid grant program...