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Assisted living residents with dementia receiving too many antipsychotics, GAO says

Assisted living residents with dementia receiving too many antipsychotics, GAO says

Government investigators are calling for greater scrutiny of antipsychotics use among dementia patients in post-acute settings beyond nursing homes.

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ArchCare to pay $3.5M to settle rehab billing complaint

A New York nursing home chain agreed Monday to pay $3.5 million to settle government allegations it failed to prevent a rehab subcontractor from overbilling Medicare for therapy.

OIG: Government should consider more drug substitution

Drug substitutions saved the government $13 million last year, but more drug substitutions under Medicare Part B would have saved an additional $6 million, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services concluded in a recent report to Congress.

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