Dr. Levine is a nationally recognized expert in wound care and pressure ulceration. and has published and spoken widely on this topic. He is a Board Member of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP). Dr. Levine's Pocket Guide to Pressure Ulcers co-authored by Elizabeth Ayello RN and published by the New Jersey Hospital Association is in its 4th printing and has sold over 30,000 copies.
In a recent blog post I pointed out some legislative initiatives that essentially make certain principles of geriatric practice required by law. I noted how these laws can be interpreted as an effort to make up for the scarcity of practicing geriatricians, and the lack of
Earlier this month the Senate voted to postpone for one year the impending Medicare pay cuts to doctors that would have gone into effect January of 2011. This is the latest postponement for a measure that will have deep impact on care of the elderly in
The issue of “reverse staging” or “backstaging” of pressure ulcers as they heal is often a cause for confusion, even for some experts. With this blog post I hope to clarify things and explain why reverse staging is now discouraged when assessing wounds, and place the
A little known provision of President Obama’s Healthcare Reform Act is designed to help plaintiffs and their attorneys bring legal action against nursing homes for alleged neglect and abuse. With the demographic transformation of America toward an aging society, lawsuits against nursing homes have surged. In response some privately
[portfolio_slideshow exclude=”2914″] I have been photographing Aging Across America for some time, and one of my favorite subjects is elderly veterans. I had heard about the Tuskegee Airmen from various news articles. These men were the first group of African American aviators to fight for America
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 improving or deteriorating pressure ulcers, ulcer
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
On December 1, 2010, Medicare payments will be slashed by more than 21%, a cut that will severely impact physicians who practice geriatric medicine. The result will be devastating to the 43 million American seniors who receive Medicare coverage, sharply limiting access to care in an
Revised Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 Section M: Skin Conditions greatly expands the process of skin assessment in nursing homes. The accompanying Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) Instruction Manual has instructions on how to identify and code pressure ulcers and other wounds using a methodology that is
[portfolio_slideshow exclude=”2717″] Last year I read about a group of elderly men from India and Pakistan who meet daily in a shopping mall in Fremont, California called The Fremont Hub. The article talked about the local population of northern Indian immigrants, and recounted the trials and tribulations
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.