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Quality Gaps Among Nursing Homes Likely To Grow if Medicaid is Cut

"It's very likely that if Medicaid payment rates freeze or decline, there would be adverse effects," says Vincent Mor, a professor of health services, policy and practice at the Brown University School of Public Health. "Nursing homes that can, will get out of the Medicaid business if it's at all possible. Those that can't will try to keep their beds as full as possible and live with a negative margin — and reduce food, reduce staff and try to struggle along."

(Distributed September 29, 2017)

Evacuating frail, elderly people during a hurricane

Associate Professor David Dosa reports “Any time an older individual is exposed to a natural disaster like a hurricane, they end up having adverse events, whether that is mortality, death, or hospitalizations.” 

Professor Dosa looked at the cases of more than 36,000 nursing home residents living in areas hit by four major hurricanes: Katrina and Rita in 2005, and Gustav and Ike in 2008.

(Distributed September 13, 2017)

Improving end-of-life care begins with honoring patient preferences

Professor Susan Miller reports that when it comes to dying in the United States, the interests and inclinations of payers and providers often outweigh the needs of patients, especially when it comes to end-of-life care. Take hospice care for seniors. If Medicare beneficiaries choose hospice care, they lose Medicare coverage for disease modifying interventions, nursing home and hospital care. This isn't much of a choice for patients and certainly doesn't account for their preferences. 

(Distributed September 13, 2017)

31st Annual Katz Lecture

The annual Katz Lecture will take place on Wednesday, October 25 at 4 PM.

Our featured speaker is Christopher M. Callahan, MD, MACP from Indiana University. Dr. Callahan is Professor of Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. He is also Scientist at Regenstrief Institute, Inc., Director of Indiana University's Center for Aging Research, and is also the Cornelius and Yvonne Pettinga Professor of Medicine.

(Distributed July 25, 2017)

High-dose flu vaccine reduces hospital visits for nursing home residents

Professor Stefan Gravenstein, lead author on a large, randomized clinical trial tested whether a flu vaccine with four times the antigen of a standard vaccine could reduce the risk of hospitalization among those especially vulnerable seniors. The results, published in the Lancet Respiratory Medicine, reports that it did so significantly.

Read the full story on News from Brown.

(Distributed July 21, 2017)

Dying veterans boost participation in hospice care

Professor Susan Miller, lead author, and her team structured a study to examine whether the VA initiative to enroll dying veterans in hospice care appears to be working, and its success may offer clues of how to persuade others who are terminally ill to join the highly lauded end-of-life program.

Read the full story on Reuters.

(Distributed July 14, 2017)

Hospital, office physicians have differing laments about electronic records

Rosa Baier, Associate Professor, co-author on a new study, reports widespread agreement among physicians that maintaining electronic health records (EHRs) undermines their connection with patients. The analysis found, however, that hospital-based physicians most often decried how EHRs take time away from patient contact, while office-based physicians most often lamented that EHRs detract from the quality of their patient interactions.

Read the full story on News from Brown.

(Distributed July 5, 2017)

Linda Resnick honored with 2017 Magnuson Award

Professor Linda Resnik has been awarded the Paul B. Magnuson Award for her work with Veterans who have experienced upper-limb loss.

The Magnuson Award is the VA Rehabilitation Research and Development (RR&D) service's highest honor — it is given to acknowledge entrepreneurship, humanitarianism, and dedication in service to Veterans.

(Distributed April 26, 2017)
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