How to Spot Older Patients With Hidden Mental Health Issues

Dee McClure works with many older people who don’t think they’re depressed. They may be down in the dumps. They may be blue. But they aren’t depressed — because they aren’t crazy. Dee McClure McClure, coordinator of the Community Based and Peer Counseling Program at North Range Behavioral Health , in Greeley, Colorado, doesn’t judge … Read more

Medicare Proposes Physician Pay, Policy Changes via Fee Schedule

Medicare’s 2023 draft physician fee schedule (PFS) proposes changes in policies for telehealth, opioid use disorder treatment, and dental services, as well as a plan for the limited use of fee-for-service funds to address social needs. In addition, the draft rule would expand opioid treatment and recovery services, including a bid for wider use of … Read more

Biden Boosts LGBTQI Protections, Bans Conversion Therapy

June 15, 2022 – President Joe Biden issued an executive order today banning conversion therapy and offering other LBGTQI+ protections as part of White House efforts to advance equality during Pride Month. “My order will use the full force of the federal government to end inhumane practices of conversion therapy,” Biden said in a speech … Read more

Opioid Use in the Elderly a Dementia Risk Factor?

Opioid use in the elderly is associated with an almost 40% increased risk of dementia, in new findings that suggest exposure to these drugs may be another modifiable risk factor for dementia. “Clinicians and others may want to consider that opioid exposure in those aged 75-80 increases dementia risk, and to balance the potential benefits … Read more

Impaired Vision an Overlooked Dementia Risk Factor

Impaired vision in older adults is an underrecognized and modifiable dementia risk factor, new research suggests. Investigators analyzed estimated population attributable fractions (PAFs) associated with dementia in more than 16,000 older adults. A PAF represents the number of dementia cases that could be prevented if a given risk factor were eliminated. Results showed the PAF … Read more

New Tool Cuts CVD Risk in Patients With Serious Mental Illness

A clinical decision support (CDS) system that can be implemented in primary care reduces cardiovascular risk factors (CV) common in patients with serious mental illness (SMI), new research suggests. Investigators assessed more than 70 primary care clinics that treated close to 9000 patients with SMI. Disorders included schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and schizoaffective disorder. The clinics … Read more

Restoring ‘Sixth Sense’ May Reduce Falls in Alzheimer’s

Loss of vestibular function is a key contributor to a well-documented increased risk for falls in patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), new research confirms. Falls are twice as common in patients with AD vs older individuals without the disorder and significantly increase the likelihood of institutionalization. However, researchers recorded fewer falls in patients with a … Read more

When Sharing Sensitive Info, Patients Prefer App vs Staff: Study

Patients using a tablet-based app were more than twice as likely to disclose depression, intimate partner violence, and fall risk compared with verbal screenings, according to a new study. The study, published online today in JAMA Network Openincludes the use of mPath, a tablet-based app created by a team of researchers at Wake Forest School … Read more