Jeffrey M. Levine MD | Geriatric Specialist | Wound Care | Pressure Ulcers - News on Dr. Levine's medical and consulting practice, and reflections on our healthcare system.

Archive for May, 2011

Aging Rock ‘n Rollers Take Manhattan’s West Side

The aromas of ganja and patchouli wafted across Broadway near the Beacon Theater Friday night, as the concert celebrating Wavy Gravy’s 75th birthday was about to begin.  Born with the name Hugh Romney, he was onstage at Woodstock in 1969 and announced, “What we have in mind is breakfast in bed for 400,000!”  Since his Woodstock days, Wavy has maintained a philosophy of community activism, founding …Read More

Redefining Aging in the 21st Century

You won’t find Edith McAllister on the porch in a rocking chair. At 93 years old, she’s got a full schedule. “I go out every night and I’m booked solid every day,” she told me with a smile. I met Edith on a recent trip to San Antonio, where my photo exhibit, Aging Across America, was installed at the Briscoe Library at the University of …Read More

Pressure Ulcer Prevention for Patients in Wheelchairs

In most cases pressure ulcer prevention can be accomplished by risk assessment followed by common sense choices for pressure reduction.  In these days of evidence based medicine, health care providers need to listen to the evidence and implement best practices to reduce the incidence and prevalence of adverse outcomes such as pressure ulcers. An important research article on pressure ulcer prevention recently came out in …Read More

Training Video for MDS 3.0 Section M: Skin Condition

In the summer of 2010 I helped the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) introduce the new MDS section for skin condition.  I gave a two hour talk in Las Vegas which was videotaped and posted on YouTube by CMS.  This video goes over pressure ulcer prevention, coding, wound identification, staging, and treatment.  It also covers coding guidelines for pressure ulcers present on admission.   As …Read More

Will Barnet: Artist and Centenarian

Will Barnet, an American artist living in New York City, will turn 100 years old next month.  I had the opportunity to photograph him recently in his home and studio in the National Arts Club in Gramercy Park.  His paintings and drawings are in every major museum in the United States, and he is still making art.  Experts have studied the mysteries of artistic creativity …Read More