Herb Kohl

Antipsychotic reduction goal attainable, medical expert says

Antipsychotic reduction goal attainable, medical expert says

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Providers still have two months left to achieve a reduction of 15% in off-label use of antipsychotics, a goal that is achievable, a top medical expert says.

Monthly antipsychotics-usage reports required in new Senate measure

Nursing homes would be required to issue monthly reports on antipsychotic drug use under a new Senate measure. The Improving Dementia Care Treatment in Older Adults Act is nearly identical to an amendment proposed in May by the same three lawmakers: Sens. Herb Kohl (D-WI), Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). .

Law would require monthly reports on nursing home antipsychotic use

Law would require monthly reports on nursing home antipsychotic use

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A legislative proposal would require long-term care facilities to produce a monthly aggregate report of antipsychotic utilization in each facility, in addition to conducting a drug regimen review process.

Senate designates Sept. 22 National Falls Prevention Awareness Day

Senate designates Sept. 22 National Falls Prevention Awareness Day

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The U.S. Senate has passed a resolution intended to raise awareness for fall-prevention practices for the elderly.

Proposed legislation would regulate use of antipsychotics in nursing home residents

Proposed legislation would regulate use of antipsychotics in nursing home residents

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A proposed bill would require nursing home staff to obtain informed consent from a resident or their legally designated representative acknowledging the potential risks and side effects associated with the antipsychotic medications.

Welcome back to the game, Senators

Welcome back to the game, Senators

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If you were beginning to worry that some of long-term care's most prominent needlers had forgotten to show up for work for most of the last year, you weren't alone. Good news: They're OK and feeling back to their old selves. And it looks like they've recruited a new crony.

Senate Special Committee on Aging to host forum on aging issues

The Senate Special Committee on Aging is holding a forum Wednesday to commemorate the committee's 50th anniversary, titled: "Aging in America: Future Challenges, Promise and Potential."

More funding for assisted living watchdogs is needed, advocates say

More funding for assisted living watchdogs is needed, advocates say

Increasing funding for watchdog organizations is the most effective way to protect assisted living residents, according to testimony given by operator groups at a Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing yesterday.

New challenges, opportunities for long-term care pharmacies

New challenges, opportunities for long-term care pharmacies

Some 59% of community pharmacies provide critical long-term care services to patients and 100% of them face unprecedented challenges as 2011 gets into full swing.

Today marks 'National Falls Prevention Awareness Day'

Today marks 'National Falls Prevention Awareness Day'

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators this week approved Senate Resolution 633. The bill designates today, the first day of fall, "National Falls Prevention Awareness Day."

Senate Aging Committee hearing focuses on possible financial risks associated with CCRCs

Senate Aging Committee hearing focuses on possible financial risks associated with CCRCs

Regulation of continuing care retirement communities varies widely from state to state, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. The report was released at a Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing on CCRCs.

GAO: States' underreporting of nursing home deficiencies improving slightly

GAO: States' underreporting of nursing home deficiencies improving slightly

A new governmental report released Wednesday shows that federal nursing home surveyors continue to identify more deficiencies in care than state surveyors, but the discrepancy is shrinking.

AHCA: Chronic pain a major issue for long-term care

AHCA: Chronic pain a major issue for long-term care

The American Health Care Association is supporting a new report that calls on government agencies, Congress and the medical community to address chronic pain as a public health crisis.

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.

GAO: Elderly, disabled voters still confront access problems

GAO: Elderly, disabled voters still confront access problems

The Department of Justice should do more to ensure that elderly and disabled individuals have voting access, a recently released report found.

Senators introduce new elder abuse bill

Several senators Wednesday introduced the Elder Abuse Victims Act to improve enforcement of elder abuse.

Nursing home caregivers gather to protest proposed Medicare cuts

Nursing home caregivers, residents and representatives from national healthcare organizations gathered in Kennebunkport, ME, Wednesday. They came to send a petition to state lawmakers urging them not to cut Medicare funding for nursing homes.

Senate aging committee hearing focuses on hurricane, disaster preparedness in nursing homes

Senate aging committee hearing focuses on hurricane, disaster preparedness in nursing homes

The Senate Special Committee on Aging met Wednesday to address the importance of emergency and disaster planning and the need for improved coordination between policy makers and long-term care providers.