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In September, Increasing the Awareness of Preventing Falls

Just days away, thousands of educators, caregivers, health and aging professionals, and older adults across the country focus their efforts on one goal: preventing falls. That’s why thousands of organizations are celebrating Falls Prevention Awareness Day on September 23, 2019 This year’s activities will focus on the teamwork needed to prevent falls effectively. Forty-eight states…

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CMS Proposes Significant Cuts to Physical Therapy Services in 2021

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) calls for cuts to its Medicare physician fee schedule (PFS) reimbursement for physical therapy providers by 8 percent beginning in 2021. The reduction for 2021 is included in the proposed 2020 PFS. According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), hidden with the proposed 2020 PFS, CMS…

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NIH launches First-of-its Kind Study to Search for Neuroprotective Stroke Therapies

On September 3, 2019, the Bethesda, Maryland-based National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that it has called on researchers to make the standards and practices for conducting early stage, or preclinical, medical research on animals more like those used for clinical trials. To facilitate these research design changes, the NIH will provide $ 4 million…

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Study Shows Education for Consumers and Physicians Increases Favorability of Palliative Care

Findings from a new opinion research poll, released last month from the Centers to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) confirms that once educated with the correct definition of palliative care, understanding and favorability greatly increase among consumers and physicians.   “All organizations and clinicians must proactively align themselves in defining palliative care correctly,” said Diane E. Meier, MD,…

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Calls to Count Observation Stay Toward CMS’s Medicare Three-Day Rule

Today, the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) President and CEO Mark Parkinson and NCAL Executive Director Scott Tittle call on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma to use the Agency’s authority to count time spent under “observation status” in a hospital toward satisfying the…

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Joint Study to Investigate Whether Apple Watch Improves AFib Outcome and Prevents Strokes

Johnson & Johnson announces that Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., member of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, and Apple Inc. will investigate whether a new heart health program using an app from Johnson & Johnson in combination with Apple Watch’s irregular rhythm notifications and ECG app can hasten the diagnosis and improve health outcomes of…

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FDA Expands TAVR Indication to Low-Risk Patients

Hot off the Press…The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves an expanded indication for several transcatheter heart valves (Sapien 3, Sapien 3 Ultra, CoreValve Evolut R and CoreValve Evolut PRO) to include patients with severe aortic valve stenosis at low surgical risk. According to the FDA, the incidence of aortic valve stenosis increases with age.…

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Study Takes a Look at Cognitive Intervention For Fear of Falling

It’s common for nursing facility residents on the mend from a hip fracture to have a fear of falling (FOF) again.  This understandable fear can slow their recovery. According to researchers, despite advances in rehabilitation services provided in acute care and post-acute facilities to hip fracture patients, long-term functional recovery after this event remains limited.…

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Study Says Noninvasive Ear-Clip Nerve Stimulation Suppresses AFib

Researchers say they have identified a new approach that could change the way patients are treated for atrial fibrillation (AF).   They report that a randomized clinical trial effectively used nerve stimulation through an ear clip to reduce AF burden and showcases an emerging noninvasive treatment option for patients. AF is considered the most common abnormal heart…

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