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In this section, we cover such issues as pharmaceuticals in long-term care facilities, the red flags rule relating to identify theft and other assorted court cases and legal issues that involve aging services.

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Coalition Exceeds Goal of Reducing Use of Antipsychotics in Nursing Homes

The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care, a coalition in which LeadingAge has played an active role, has exceeded its goal to reduce the use of antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes by 15%. Between the end of 2011 and the end of 2013, use of the drugs had decreased from 23.8% to 20.2% nationwide.

Controlled Substances Disposal Final Rule Published by DEA

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.

2 New CMS Toolkits for Nursing Homes, Pharmacies, and Medicaid Beneficiaries

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released 2 new toolkits for nursing homes, for Medicaid beneficiaries, and for pharmacies.

Discharge Assessments Required for Transfers from Certified to Non-Certified Nursing Home Beds

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.

LGBT: New CMS Training Tool on Needs and Rights of Older Adults 

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.