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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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FDA Issues Guidance to Reduce Risks of Accidental Misconnections Between Tubing Devices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced publication and availability of guidance intended to reduce the risks associated with accidental connections between enteral and non-enteral devices.

Why Expanded Education Is Needed To Reduce Antipsychotic Drug Use

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently published a report recommending that efforts currently being implemented in nursing homes to reduce use of antipsychotic medications in residents with dementia be expanded to other settings to help lower use of antipsychotics among older adults with dementia living both inside and outside of nursing homes.

State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program Final Rule Issues by Administration on Aging

The Administration on Aging (AoA) recently published a final rule intended to create more national consistency for the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program.

CMS to Expand MDS 3.0 Focused Surveys for Nursing Homes Pilot

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to expand the MDS 3.0 Focus Survey Pilot that was conducted in 5 states in June-July 2014.

What the 5-Star Rating System Changes Mean for Nursing Homes

Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new approach in the way it will calculate the scores for the Nursing Home Compare 5-Star Nursing Home Rating System, and the agency anticipates that most nursing homes will see a change in their 5-Star score.