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Is Frailty a Predictor of Outcomes in Elderly Inpatients with Acute Kidney Injury? A Prospective Cohort Study

Frailty and acute kidney injury are independently associated with an increased risk of morbidity and mortality. The degree of frailty can be assessed by the Clinical Frailty Score (CFS). This study assessed whether an individual’s CFS was associated with acute kidney injury in acute elderly medical admissions and recorded the short-term outcomes. Methods This was […]

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Effective Immunization of Older Adults Against Seasonal Influenza

The 2017-2018 influenza season reminds us that it is important for health care professionals to be prepared for the annual onslaught of this contagious respiratory disease associated with potentially serious complications. Vaccination is by far the best method to prevent and control influenza, reducing illness, hospitalizations, and mortality. The highest rates of influenza-associated morbidity and […]

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Predictors and Outcomes of Recurrent Venous Thromboembolism in Elderly Patients

Little is known about predictors and outcomes of recurrent venous thromboembolism in elderly patients. Methods We prospectively followed up 991 patients aged ≥65 years with acute venous thromboembolism in a multicenter Swiss cohort study. The primary outcome was symptomatic recurrent venous thromboembolism. We explored the association between baseline characteristics and treatments and recurrent venous thromboembolism […]

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Implications of Medicare’s Value-Based Payment Initiative for Specialty Health Systems

Despite the current uncertainty about the direction of health care reform in the United States, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) appears poised to transition from standard fee-for-service reimbursement to value-based payments in the coming years. These new models, which were codified in the Medicare Access and CHIP [Children’s Health Insurance Program] Reauthorization […]

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Achieving Extended Longevity and Quality of Life for Senior Patients With Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

To read this article in its entirety please visit our website. – This article originally appeared in the November 2017 issue of The American Journal of Medicine.

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