AHCA: Chronic pain a major issue for long-term care

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CMS reminds Medicare Part D providers of obligations to nursing home residents
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The American Health Care Association is supporting a new report that calls on government agencies, Congress and the medical community to address chronic pain as a public health crisis.

The report, which recently was released by The Mayday Fund, recommends that federal, state and local agencies adopt a fairer regulatory approach toward controlled prescription drugs. States must strike a balance between protecting the public through reducing drug abuse and addressing unrelieved pain. States still have laws that contain outdated requirements or “reflect poor medical practice,” according to the report.

AHCA also praised Sens. Herb Kohl (D-WI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) for expressing concern that the Drug Enforcement Agency's approach toward regulating drug use in facilities is hurting residents.