As the year comes to a close, we are taking a look back on the best articles of ALTC in 2014. We have chosen five of the most practical feature articles and other popular articles of the year to highlight.

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At ASCP 2014, an expert discussed LTC pharmacists' involvement in ACOs and other care models in 2015 and beyond. With Medicare Part D expenditures expected to skyrocket in the coming years, LTC pharmacy services need to be prepared.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched a comprehensive toolkit of information and resources for long-term care administrators to boost flu vaccination uptake among their staff.

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Practical Research


The article reviews 4 key components to ensuring comfort care in end-of-life dementia. View More
The mortality associated with this disease process is staggering in this vulnerable population. View More
This article provides a brief overview of HBO2 therapy indications, safety and side effects, and its potential role in nursing home care. View More

Ask The Expert

Part 2 discusses identifying and managing xerostomia due to numerous etiologies in older adults. View More
Part 1 of a two-part series on oral problems in older adults. View More
This Q&A with Ramona Rhodes, MD, reviews the balance between medical evidence and emotional investment in the decision to place a feeding tube in patients with advanced dementia. View More

Quality Improvement

A QI project involving a specialized NP led to significant improvements in patient outcomes. View More
The authors describe the perceptions of nursing home providers who participated in a PIPP-funded QI project and completed a survey addressing a variety of QI-related concerns. View More

Case Reports/Photo Quiz

The authors discuss common issues encountered in managing these cases and illustrate the process through two case presentations. View More
What is the cause of this horn-like lesion on an elderly woman's face? Test yourself in our new photo quiz. Click through for the full case report and a discussion of the correct and incorrect answer choices. View More
After stopping and/or reducing the dose of eight different medications, the case patient showed dramatic improvements. View More


This is the fourth article in a series from Allan Vann, who has shared his experience as a caregiver for his wife, Clare, who has Alzheimer's disease. View More
This poem offers a physician's perspective on the passing of time and end-of-life care. View More

AGS Viewpoint/Resources

This two-page resource reviews identification and treatment of delirium in older adults. Log in to download and print. View More
A new clinical practice guideline offers a framework for healthcare facilities and professionals to implement actionable, evidence-based measures to improve delirium prevention and treatment. View More
This column reviews a new resource for providing care sensitive to different cultural beliefs, culture-specific health risks, gender issues, and more. View More

Medicare Update

2015 will bring many changes sure to impact long-term care providers. Those who understand these changes are poised to share in substantial healthcare savings and improve quality care. View More
How will long-term care be financed and delivered in the future? The 15-member Commission on Long-Term Care recently submitted its final report to Congress outlining its answers to this important question. View More

Special Articles/Ethics

The therapeutic potential of animals in numerous clinical areas has been increasingly recognized. View More
SNFs vary in their strengths and weaknesses, and some may not be equipped to care for the complex needs of individuals who are ill. View More