Online Training for MDS 3.0 Section M: Skin Condition

  This is the video of the pressure ulcer assessment and coding training session for MDS 3.0 Section M: Skin Condition that I delivered in Las Vegas on August 10, 2010.  It was posted online by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on January 20, 2011. ...

Does MDS 3.0 Section M Avoid the Unavoidable?

The revised Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) with the new MDS 3.0 Section M: Skin Conditions radically expands the assessment process for pressure ulcers in Medicare certified skilled nursing facilities.  In contrast to the prior version, there are data fields for...

Elder Abuse in Film: A Geriatrician’s Viewpoint

This past Halloween I stayed at home with my wife and watched old horror films.  One of them was the psychological suspense thriller, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane, released in 1962.  This is the story of two aging sisters, one of whom is paraplegic and confined to...

Geriatrics by Legislation: The Trend of the Future?

Recently Governor Paterson signed a law that mandates New York doctors to offer balanced information on choices for end-of-life care – a step in line with principles of geriatric practice and informed decision making.  All nursing homes are already mandated by...

Aging and Invisibility

My aging related art was recently covered in a post written by Paula Span in the New York Times blog, The New Old Age.  It was gratifying to spend time with this outstanding journalist and share my images, many of which are finally being shown after years of storage. ...

Geriatrics, Humanistic Medicine, & Art

I recently served as keynote speaker at the American Medical Directors Association annual meeting in Long Beach, California.  The reason AMDA picked me was my photos of aging, which you can view on my online portfolio.  The title of my talk was Geriatrics, Humanistic...