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Long-term care facilities could collect residents' unused prescription drugs under new federal regulation to combat abuse

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Long-term care facilities will have a role to play in a new prescription drug take-back effort aimed at curbing addiction and abuse, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday.

FDA endorses safety measures for long-acting opioid painkillers

Companies that manufacture opioid painkillers must underwrite training and educational programs for the physicians who prescribe them, according to a new federal safety measures announced Monday.

Senator presses U.S. Attorney General on nursing home painkiller legislation

Senator presses U.S. Attorney General on nursing home painkiller legislation

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Lawmakers pushed U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder to work more expediently with the Drug Enforcement Agency to resolve delays in the dispensing of painkillers in nursing homes.

Providers cheer as Kohl lifts block on DEA nominee

Providers cheer as Kohl lifts block on DEA nominee

Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI) has released the hold on the nomination of Michelle Leonhart to head the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. That occurred after the U.S. Department of Justice assured him that the DEA would address and improve the delivery of pain medications in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Medicare fraud crackdown yields more than 30 arrests

Medicare fraud crackdown yields more than 30 arrests

An ongoing, multistate healthcare fraud investigation has led to more than 90 individuals being accused of defrauding Medicare of more than $251 million.

Obama's FY 2011 budget to extend FMAP increase, ramp up anti-fraud efforts

Obama's FY 2011 budget to extend FMAP increase, ramp up anti-fraud efforts

President Obama is scheduled to unveil his FY 2011 federal budget proposal today. The blueprint would provide states with some additional Medicaid funding and crack down on Medicare and Medicaid fraud.

Agency's crackdown on drug thefts hurts nursing home residents, senators say

The Drug Enforcement Agency's efforts to combat narcotics abuse and theft in nursing homes actually negatively affect those residents and hospice care patients who need pain medications, two senators recently argued.