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Regulator of US Nursing Homes Called to Account Over “Crisis” of Overmedication

Expand Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 12, 2018. © 2018 AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File The chair of a powerful United States Congressional committee has issued a powerful call to end the inappropriate use of antipsychotic drugs to sedate older people in nursing homes, calling it a “crisis.” In a sharply-worded letter to the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which regulates nursing homes, Richard Neal, chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee, criticized CMS, saying that “data suggest…

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