Four SNFs receive quality improvement grants

UCLA Health announced last week that four Los Angeles County skilled nursing facilities have won the Aidin Grant for Quality Improvement.

Baker selected by Joint Commission

Baker selected by Joint Commission

David W. Baker, M.D., FACP, MPH is the new executive vice president in the Division of Healthcare Quality Evaluation in the Joint Commission.

Doctors flunk test on skilled nursing facilities, raising concerns about care transitions, UCLA researchers say


Early career physicians have extremely poor knowledge of skilled nursing facilities, showing that more robust training is needed to ensure that physicians can oversee effective transitions into SNFs, according to investigators at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Therapeutic program reverses Alzheimer's memory loss, UCLA researcher says


An intensive therapy regimen involving medication, diet and behavioral changes successfully reversed Alzheimer's-related memory loss in a first-of-its-kind trial, according to findings out of the University of California, Los Angeles.

Also in the news for Sept. 26, 2014 ...

New tool for managing dementia-related behaviors ... UCLA paper emphasizes need to educate family members on risks of 'turning' fractures in nursing home residents ... 80% of healthy seniors with memory lapses develop dementia within a 12 years

Bed taxes and other troubling compromises

Bed taxes and other troubling compromises


As my colleague Tim Mullaney reported last week, the Government Accountability Office has been taking a closer look at Medicaid bed taxes lately. And the investigative arm of Congress doesn't seem to care much for the view.

Researchers pave way for new wound treatment

A recent breakthrough could lead to more effective treatments for tenacious wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers, according to a report in the journal Nature Chemistry.

Gay, lesbian and bisexual seniors are more likely to suffer from chronic disease, emotional problems and isolation, study says

Aging gay and lesbian senior citizens are more likely to suffer from chronic health conditions and live alone, a California policy brief reported.

Providers urged to coordinate better care in vulnerable year after stroke hits

Within a year of suffering an acute ischemic stroke, two-thirds of Medicare patients discharged from the hospital either died or were rehospitalized. This is according to a UCLA-led study, published in the Dec.16 issue of the journal Stroke.