The long-awaited final rule governing the disposal of controlled substances was published by the
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on Sept. 9. The rule becomes effective on Oct. 9.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released 2 new toolkits for nursing homes, for Medicaid beneficiaries, and for pharmacies.
Hydrocodone combination products have been rescheduled from schedule 3 to schedule 2 of the Controlled Substances Act effective Oct. 6, 2014, according to a final rule published on Aug. 22 by the the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). LeadingAge is continuing to work with other stakeholders to resolve the problems nursing care members are experiencing with timely resident access to pain medications.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is reinforcing the requirement and importance of completing MDS 3.0 Discharge assessments when a resident is transferred from a Medicare-and/or Medicaid-certified bed to a non-certified bed within the same nursing home.
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) has released Building Respect for LGBT Older Adults, a free online learning tool intended to educate providers about the needs and rights of older lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) adults.