News & Views from Dr. Jeff Levine


New Opportunities To Improve Pressure Ulcer Prevention And Treatment

A Consensus Paper From the International Expert Wound Care Advisory Panel This article was published in Wounds.  Issue 9, September 2008. As part of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) initially identified eight preventable adverse events on August


Preparing For The New Medicare Reimbursement Guidelines: Part II: Documentation Of Altered Skin Integrity In The Hospital

This article was published in Clinical Geriatrics 16:7, p 17-20. 2008. Medicare recently released new reimbursement guidelines that will deny payment for “preventable” complications that arise during hospitalization.  These include such entities as catheter-related infections, fall-related injuries, transfusion with incompatible blood products, and pressure ulcers.  This


Risk Management For Pressure Ulcers: When The Family Shows Up With A Camera

This article was published in Journal of the American Medical Directors Association 2008; 9(5), pp 360-363. Pressure ulcers, although sometimes unavoidable, are frequently viewed as a failure of the health care system. Private civil lawsuits alleging malpractice or negligence related to pressure ulcers are becoming increasingly common.


Medical-Legal Aspects Of Long-Term Care

Edited by Jeffrey Levine and published in 2003, this book was designed as a reference source for attorneys and the general public on the topic of federal regulation and how it impacts on nursing home care.  This law is called the Nursing Home Reform Act, also


Elder Neglect And Abuse: A Primer For Primary Care Physicians

This article was published in Geriatrics 58(10) pp 37-44. 2003. Elder neglect and abuse represent a widespread, largely undiagnosed problem in the United States. Factors contributing to misdiagnosis and underreporting include denial by both the victim and the perpetrator, clinicians’ reluctance to report victims, disbelief by

Dr. Jeffrey M. Levine has authored numerous articles on topics related to healthcare of the elderly. These include medical history, prevention and treatment of chronic wounds such as pressure ulcers, elder neglect and abuse, and physical restraints. He has also edited a book on legal and regulatory aspects of nursing homes.