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The 2015 National Impact Assessment of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Quality Measures Report shows "clear progress in improving the healthcare delivery system to achieve the three aims of better care, smarter spending, and healthier people."
Long-term care leaders have mixed feelings about a first-ever federal timeline for more bundled and other alternative payments, calling it "a good thing" but also "aggressive."
Certain issues tend to weigh heavily on the minds of operators. Chief among them: reducing hospital readmissions, complying with ever-changing Medicare rules, finding needed capital, delivering optimal wound care and harnessing technology to improve resident outcomes.
A high use of anticholinergic medications has been linked to an increased risk of developing dementia, according to a new study.
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It's part of a continuing narrative where the government is not super interested in paying for inappropriate medications that can harm seniors.”
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The elderly brain is more vulnerable to the adverse effects of surgery and anesthesia compared with the younger brain. Both anecdotally and in clinical investigation, the elderly surgical population has been found to exhibit a significantly higher prevalence of postoperative cognitive decline. The most common manifestations of this decline are postoperative delirium (POD) and postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD).