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Nursing home antipsychotic legislation set aside

Nursing home antipsychotic legislation set aside

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The U.S. Senate did not approve legislation that would strengthen regulations for antipsychotic use in nursing homes, despite overwhelmingly passing a bill it was attached to on Thursday.

Senate committee approves extension of resources to combat elder abuse

The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved legislation that includes protections for violence against the elderly.

Hearing highlights Aging Committee's accomplishments

In a Senate hearing commemorating the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Special Committee on Aging, committee chairman, Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI) said funding for home and community based services should not be cut.

Nursing home group offers fixes for 'flawed' painkiller legislation

Nursing home group offers fixes for 'flawed' painkiller legislation

The American Health Care Association says a recently introduced bill that purports to expedite the administration of painkillers to nursing home residents is "fundamentally flawed."

Nursing home group criticizes proposed painkiller dispensing legislation

Nursing home group criticizes proposed painkiller dispensing legislation

Newly proposed legislation aimed at easing painkiller-dispensing regulations in nursing homes is being loudly condemned by the American Health Care Association.

Government should be able to lower Medicare prescription drug prices, panel says

Government should be able to lower Medicare prescription drug prices, panel says

Further legislation is needed to empower the federal government to negotiate lower prescription drug prices in Medicare, a bipartisan panel concluded Thursday.

Senators act to save retirement savings funds

Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI) and Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) announced legislation Wednesday that aims to protect Americans' retirement savings.

Senate Aging Committee Chair Herb Kohl announces his retirement

Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI), chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging for the last four years, announced his retirement Friday.

Inspector General report: 1 in 7 nursing home residents are incorrectly prescribed psychotropic medications

Inspector General report: 1 in 7 nursing home residents are incorrectly prescribed psychotropic medications

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.

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.

Senate passes Section 202 housing reform bill

Senate passes Section 202 housing reform bill

The U.S. Senate on Monday approved a bill that would improve the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Section 202 program, which provides housing to low-income seniors.

AAHSA applauds senator's hold on DEA nominee

AAHSA applauds senator's hold on DEA nominee

A major long-term care association Monday praised the decision by Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI) to place a hold on the nomination of Michelle Leonhart to head the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. He believes the DEA needs to change its policy regarding the delivery of painkillers by nurses in long-term care settings.

Kohl threatens to hold up DEA nominee over nursing home drug-dispensing issue

Kohl threatens to hold up DEA nominee over nursing home drug-dispensing issue

Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI) continues to express his reservations about Michelle Leonhart, the nominee to lead the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. In a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Leonhart on Wednesday, Kohl said he still has concerns about the DEA's policy regarding the delivery of pain medications in nursing homes.

Senators air frustrations about drug dispensing practices in nursing homes

Senators air frustrations about drug dispensing practices in nursing homes

In a Senate Judiciary Committee nomination hearing Wednesday, Sens. Herb Kohl (D-WI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) expressed concern about the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency's policies toward the delivery of pain medications in long-term care settings.

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