• 2020 GAPNA Pharmacology Conference: Contemporary Pharmacology and Prescribing in Older AdultsJoin us at the 2020 GAPNA Pharmacology Conference:
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    April 14-18, 2020, Honolulu, HI.

    Earn up to 18 CNE hours.


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    The United Health Foundation has released results of a sweeping new study benchmarking the health of older adults. The America's Health Rankings® Senior Report was created in partnership with GAPNA to improve the health of America's seniors.

    The data will help advanced practice nurses and other providers deliver quality care.

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    GAPNA has partnered with a MCM Education to offer an ongoing series of CNE programs available to GAPNA members. "Diagnosing and Managing Parkinson’s Disease in Older Adults," is the latest program offered.

    Parkinson’s disease (PD) is characterized by both motor and nonmotor symptoms. It is diagnosed based on the presence of two of four motor symptoms including rest tremor, bradykinesia, rigidity, and gait imbalance...

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    "Dementia Management Update"

    (session captured at the GAPNA 2018 Annual Conference)

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High-Risk Drugs Used by the Elderly Declined with Medicare Part D Coverage

Patients who moved from no drug coverage to Medicare Part D drug coverage increased their use of medications deemed Drugs to Avoid in the Elderly (DAE) from 15.72% to 17.61%.

However, the proportion of DAE in overall drug use declined slightly from 3.01% to 1.98%, according to a new study.

The proportion of drug-disease interactions remained stable. Medicare Part D, implemented in 2006, brought drug coverage to 28 million beneficiaries who either lacked it previously or had higher out-of-pocket costs, increased prescription drug use, and resulted in greater adherence to drug treatment for chronic diseases.

The researchers suggest that to maximize the potential for Part D to improve the quality of medication use among older adults, additional changes to pharmacy benefit design (e.g., cost sharing) and health professional education may be necessary.

More details are in Donohue et al. (2012). Medicare Part D and potentially inappropriate medication use in the elderly. The American Journal of Managed Care, 18(9), e315-e322.

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