Sen. Charles Grassley
Top U.S. lawmakers are concerned that overregulation of prescription pain medications is causing an inadvertent shortage of the controlled — and often necessary — controlled substances.
Inspector General report: 1 in 7 nursing home residents are incorrectly prescribed psychotropic medicationsMay 11, 2011
As many as one in seven elderly nursing home residents, most of whom have dementia, are being prescribed expensive, powerful antipsychotic medications that increase the risk of death, according to a report from the federal Office of the Inspector General. Providers counter that the research reflects outdated practices.
Staff members representing Harry Reid (D-NV), Max Baucus (D-MT) and Charles Grassley (R-IA) reportedly have been finalizing an agreement on a one-year solution to the Medicare "doc fix." Senate leaders hope to send it to the floor of the Senate as early as today, Politico.com reported.
Donald Berwick, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, likely will field questions about healthcare reform when he testifies before the Senate Finance Committee next week.