Six years after mandate, most of state’s nursing home residents had POLST forms
Alicia Lasek (f3)
Mar 14, 2022
By 2016, 81% of California’s long-stay residents and 68% of short-stay residents had physician orders for life-sustaining treatment recorded in the MDS.
Feds update Section GG training series for assessment, coding
Oct 28, 2021
A federal training series on the assessment and coding of Section GG of the Minimum Data Set has been updated, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Wednesday.
State variation in chronic opioid use drops by a third among nursing home residents: study
Jun 04, 2021
Changes in state-level variation may reflect the response to national guidelines and federal policies on opioid use, investigators say.
CMS must refine data on antipsychotic drug use in nursing homes, OIG says
May 07, 2021
The Minimum Data Set should not be CMS’ sole source for determining the number of nursing home residents using antipsychotic drugs, according to a new report from HHS’ Office of the Inspector General.
Valid dementia verdict? Nursing home and hospital diagnoses now better aligned, study finds
May 03, 2021
Medicare’s dementia claim measures appear to have become more sensitive in recent years, agreeing more closely with hospital-based measures overall and for certain populations than in the past, investigators...
Cognitive decline after infection: These factors put residents at high risk
Apr 26, 2021
Sustained cognitive decline after hospitalization for infection was found to be particularly high among nursing home residents who had experienced sepsis, those aged 85 years or older, and those with Alzheimer’s...
Residents face ‘broad array’ of worsened health outcomes during pandemic: study
Mar 23, 2021
The pandemic’s effect on nursing home residents goes well beyond cases and deaths, investigators say. Unplanned weight loss, depression, incontinence, and loss of cognitive function stand out — with...
Antibiotics remain overprescribed in nursing homes — despite stewardship efforts, MDS study finds
Oct 02, 2020
An analysis of Minimum Data Set assessments has found that overall antibiotic use in nursing homes did not change from 2012 to 2016. There was also an increase in use where no infection was reported.
Cognitively healthy residents over-diagnosed with dementia at intake: study
Sep 24, 2020
Positive delirium screenings in new SNF residents often lead to inappropriate dementia diagnoses — even in those who are cognitively healthy, investigators contend.
More than 50% of dementia patients in nursing homes are given potentially pointless and dangerous drugs...
Sep 10, 2014
Nursing homes administer largely pointless and potentially harmful drugs to a majority of residents with advanced dementia, according to findings in Jama Internal Medicine.