A bill meant to provide relief for nursing home residents who need painkillers would create the possibility of huge penalties for healthcare practitioners and long-term care facilities, a top lobbyist warned yesterday.
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.
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.
The Senate Special Committee on Aging will hold a hearing today about the use of antipsychotics in nursing homes.The hearing, titled "Overprescribed: The Human and Taxpayers' Costs of Antipsychotics in Nursing Homes," will be at 2 pm ET.
Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI) has asked the U.S. Department of Justice for additional grant money to prevent elder abuse and strengthen penalties those who commit such crimes.
Proposed legislation would allow nursing home staff — acting on a physician's verbal instructions — to order and administer controlled medications to patients in urgent need of pain relief.