If you're a Daily McKnight's reader, it's a good thing. Otherwise, you might have never known that a federal measure calling for closer monitoring of antipsychotic drug use in nursing homes was sidetracked late last week.
Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI) took advantage of his position as chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging to hold a field hearing in his home state to drum up support for re-authorization of the Older Americans Act. But he might have received more than expected Tuesday, when a local agency leader used the hearing to blast nursing homes "not appropriate for people to live in."
Nearly 450 nursing homes should be added to the federal government's Special Focus Facility (SFF) program, which monitors consistently problematic nursing homes, say the authors of a new report from the Government Accountability Office.