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Falls Prevention

As we age and lose strength in our feet and ankles, the simple acts of standing and walking aren't so simple anymore. Falls prevention is a major concern for the aging population. These resources will help you address falls prevention in your practice.

Falls Prevention Awareness Day

This year, Falls Prevention Awareness Day is on September 22. As part of our commitment to falls prevention, please share the two infographics below with your patients and colleagues to increase awareness of falls, the importance of prevention, and the role doctors of podiatric medicine play in this important public health effort.

APMA Members: Register for a FREE, exclusive webinar, "The Role of the Podiatrist in Geriatric Falls Prevention," on Wednesday, September 21 at 8 p.m. ET, and earn 1.0 CECH!

Initiatives and Programs

Resources

Articles

  • Washington Post: "The past two decades have seen dramatic rise in elderly taking drugs that can lead to falls" (June 2021)
  • Annals of Emergency Medicine: "Identifying Injury Patterns Associated With Physical Elder Abuse: Analysis of Legally Adjudicated Cases" (September 2020)
  • New England Journal of Medicine: "Prevention of Falls in Community-Dwelling Older Adults" (February 2020)
  • CDC: "Emergency Department Visits and Hospitalizations for Selected Nonfatal Injuries Among Adults Aged ≥65 Years - United States (2018)
    In 2018, an estimated 2.4 million emergency department visits and >700,000 hospitalizations occurred among older adults as a result of injuries from falls, motor vehicle crashes, opioid overdoses, and self-harm. Unintentional falls accounted for >90 percent of these visits.
  • JAPMA: Special Falls Prevention Issue (November/December 2013)

Webinars

  • National Council on Aging:
    • Get Ready for Falls Prevention Awareness Week 2021
      Learn about NCOA's new resources and innovative partnerships to maximize impact for the 2021 observation of Falls Prevention Awareness Week.
    • The Importance of Screening for Brain Injury in Older Adults: Case Studies for Success
      Older adults have the highest rates of traumatic brain injury (TBI)-related hospitalizations, with a leading cause being from falls. Recognizing this connection, the Older Americans Act (OAA) Reauthorization of 2020 allows states to use OAA funding for TBI screenings. This webinar provides an overview of the magnitude of the connection between older adult falls and brain injury, and will provide stories from two states that have trained aging professionals on screening protocols.
  • At-Risk Adult Abuse: Hiding in Plain Sight (April 2021)
    Falls content is presented starting at about 50 minutes. However, a word of caution: The webinar contains some very graphic images of elder abuse.

MIPS Clinical Quality Measures

The 2021 MIPS Performance Year has two falls-related clinical quality measures (MIPS CQMs). 

*Both MIPS Clinical Quality Measures (#154 and #155) can be reported through the APMA MIPS app.

Note: Details on how to perform many of the risk assessment components within the above clinical quality measures can be found under "Functional Assessments" on the CDC’s STEADI webpage.


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