Statement from AAHSA CEO Larry Minnix on DOJ Assurances to Sen. Kohl of Changes to the Controlled Substances Act That Will Enable Timely Pain Medication to Nursing Home Residents

Dec 22, 2010, 17:18 ET from American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was released today by American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging:

"We thank Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wisc.) for his leadership on assuring that nursing home residents can receive the pain medications they need as quickly as possible. We appreciate that nurses and other health care professionals will now be allowed to act as agents of the practitioner for all prescribed Schedule II-V controlled substances.

"We look forward to our continued work with Sen. Kohl and other members of Congress toward the passage of legislation that will ensure appropriate pain relief for nursing home residents."

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SOURCE American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging



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