Alan C. Horowitz, Esq., RN, Author at McKnight's Long Term Care News

Alan C. Horowitz, Esq., RN

Most recent articles by Alan C. Horowitz, Esq., RN

Attorney Alan C. Horowitz

Attorneys general seek greater punishment for nursing homes: A counterproductive approach?

At the end of May, attorneys general from 16 states and the District of Columbia signed a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar urging him “to reconsider this regulatory rollback.” The “rollback” the 17 AGs seek to have the Secretary reconsider stems in part from guidance published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services…

Attorney Alan C. Horowitz

Death with dignity: dying to die

The issue of physician aid in dying is controversial at best and implicates the intersection of law, medicine and ethics. While the law allows for physician aid in dying in a handful of states, not all professional organizations have embraced or supported this growing movement.

Alan Horowitz

Old wine, new bottles: Increased scrutiny for antipsychotic drug use

The landmark legislation known as “OBRA ’87” (the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987) significantly limited the inappropriate use of antipsychotic drug use in long-term care facilities. Indeed, among OBRA ’87’s goals was the elimination of chemical restraints, typically associated with antipsychotic drugs. A quarter of a century after the passage of OBRA ’87, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and numerous professional organizations are redoubling their efforts to further reduce the use of antipsychotic drugs in long term care.

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