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By Brett Bakshis
Commonly prescribed heart fail-
ure drugs have little or no benefit                                                                                                                                                          At Deadline
on elderly people suffering from
diastolic heart failure, according                                                                                                                                                          » The survey and certifica-
to a new study.                                                                                                                                                                             tion system for nursing homes
    The drugs, which include sta-                                                                                                                                                           is undermined by chronic
tins, beta blockers, diuretics and                                                                                                                                                          underfinding, according to
calcium channel blockers, had                                                                                                                                                               a report from the General
little effect on people in the study                                                                                                                                                        Accountability Office. Some

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whose age averaged 87. Findings                                                                                                                                                             facilities are going a decade
were published in the March 15                                                                                                                                                              between inspections, the
issue of the American Journal of                                                                                                                                                            report notes. Investigators
Cardiology.                                                                                                                                                                                 called for a re-examination,
    Lead researcher Dr. Ernst R.                                                                                                                                                            with an eye toward a complete
Schwarz speculated that lower                                                                                                                                                               overhaul.
doses of the drugs might be
appropriate for people with the                                                                                                                                                             » Sens. Herb Kohl (D-WI)
condition but added that more                                                                                                                                                               and Susan Collins (R-ME)
research is needed. ■                                        Wisconsin health department secretary Karen Timberlake was among the                                                           reintroduced legislation to
                                                             hearing speakers strongly focusing on home- and community-based services.
                                                                                                                                                                                            set up a nationwide employee
                                                             By John O’Connor                        tify indicated that nursing homes                                                      background check system.
                                                             A recent Senate hearing called on       should play a larger role.                                                             The measure is intended to
                                                             lawmakers revamping the nation’s           But while there wasn’t visible                                                      prevent people with criminal
                                                             healthcare system to remember           support for nursing homes, it                                                          histories from working in long-
                                                             long-term care. But it seems many       was clear that the panel viewed                                                        term care settings. Rep. Joe
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                                                             participants forgot that nursing        “long-term care” as an important                                                       Sestak (D-PA) was planning to
                                                             homes are still a central part of the   component.                                                                             introduce a companion bill in
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