Medication Management

PA facility to target substance abuse

A new skilled nursing unit in McKeesport, Pa., is targeting the needs of patients with a primary medical condition and co-occurring substance misuse disorders.

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Antipsychotic medicine proven ineffective for dementia

Antipsychotic medications, such as haloperidol (brand name, Haldol), are widely used in intensive care units, emergency rooms, hospital wards and nursing homes.

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Bill aims for hospice workers to destroy unused, unneeded opioids

A spokesperson for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, one of the Democrats who pushed for this provision to be included in the overall opioid package that the Senate passed Wednesday, said the idea was sparked by Kaiser Health News’ reporting.

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Company aims to ease overmedication concerns by using tech

At assisted living facilities where staff and funding can be thin, on the ground care is often managed by sedating residents with unnecessary antipsychotics. 

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International panel says caregivers should focus on non-drug treatment for dementia

An international panel of 11 clinical and research experts from around the world reviewed the most current pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment recommendations for these symptoms in people with Alzheimer’s disease.

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Exceptions made for hospice with regards to Tennessee’s new opioid measures

Requirements aimed at curbing Tennessee's opioid epidemic are among more than 150 new laws that kicked in Sunday.

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California, South Dakota make large leaps in latest report

America’s Health Rankings Senior Report provides a comprehensive analysis of senior population health on a national and state-by-state basis across 34 measures of senior health.

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Dementia Care, Antipsychotics, and the New Survey Process

Dementia is increasingly prevalent among nursing facility residents, and facility leaders have been under a lot of pressure to specialize care to meet the growing need.

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Study links antidepressant with increased dementia risk

Study finds people who took a type of drug called anticholinergics were more likely to develop dementia. 

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LTCCC submits long-term care drug abuse report to UN

Inappropriate anti-psychotic drug use in U.S. nursing homes is “widespread” and requires immediate action, a report submitted to the United Nations alleges.

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