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AGS and Nation’s Health Care Organizations Urge COVID-19 and Influenza Vaccination and Treatment

  • AGS partners with other US healthcare professional organizations to promote the importance of #vaccinations and early treatment of COVID-19 and influenza cases this fall and winter. Read the full press release:

Statement from: American Academy of Family Physicians, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Academy of Physician Associates, American College of Emergency Physicians, American College of Physicians, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Geriatrics Society, American Medical Association, American Osteopathic Association, Council of Medical Specialty Societies, Infectious Diseases Society of America, and AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine

NEW YORK (November 21, 2022) – Given the anticipated increase in COVID-19 and influenza cases this fall and winter, America’s healthcare professional organizations are coming together to remind the public of the importance of vaccinations and early treatment. A strong recommendation from a trusted clinician is one of the most effective strategies to increase vaccine uptake. We encourage our members to use every interaction with patients as an opportunity to make strong vaccine recommendations, educate and answer questions about prevention and treatment options, encourage vaccination, and where feasible provide vaccination.

Updated 2022 AGS Beers Criteria® for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults Now Posted for Public Comment

  • The public comment period for reviewing the 2022 AGS Beers Criteria® for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults is now open through December 9th! Click here for more details:

NEW YORK (November 10, 2022) —The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) today opened a public comment period for reviewing the draft updated 2022 AGS Beers Criteria® for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults. Last updated in 2019, the AGS Beers® Criteria remain one of the most frequently cited reference tools in geriatrics, detailing certain types of medications which may be inappropriate to prescribe to older people who are not receiving hospice or palliative care. Comments from any and all members of the public—accepted only at through 5pm ET on December 9, 2022—will help inform the final version of the AGS 2022 Updated Beers® Criteria, slated for release this fall. 

For their proposed 2022 update, the interprofessional panel of geriatrics experts responsible for the AGS Beers® Criteria identified more than 40 potentially problematic medications or classes of medications presently organized across five lists:

AGS and Phairify Announce New Career Insight and Market Intelligence Tool for Members

  • .@AmerGeriatrics is proud to partner with Phairify to deliver new tools for AGS members to support them as they make decisions about their geriatrics careers.

New York, NY (September 12, 2022) - The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) has partnered with Phairify to deliver new tools for AGS members. Phairify’s specialty-specific professional practice information and career management platform provides members who participate in AGS/Phairify designed-studies with insight into their value and worth backed by geriatrics-specific compensation and productivity data. AGS members will anonymously be able to compare with their peers and have access to specialty-specific data that will help them to define their own career paths. Participating members who are negotiating a contract will be able to compare compensation levels that are aligned with the criteria personalized to them such as type of practice, years in practice, and geographic area. The experience is designed to be data driven, personalized, and discrete. 

Heart Disease and Cancer “Exacerbate Risk of One Another”; Geriatrics Experts Explore Relationship Between the Top Two Leading Causes of Death

  • Geriatrics experts at AGS/NIH funded U13 Virtual Bench to Bedside Conference explore the relationship between heart disease and cancer, the two leading causes of death.

New York, NY (July 6, 2022) —  Experts’ discussions and recommendations (DOI: 10.1111/jgs.17921) addressing the interface between cancer and heart disease were published this month in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS), summarizing sessions from a virtual bench to bedside conference hosted by the American Society of Geriatrics (AGS) and funded by the National Institute of Health’s (NIH’s) National Institute on Aging (NIA).