- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Ron Kind says he hopes to establish regional pain management boards through the Department of Veterans Affairs to help prevent problems like those that occurred at a Tomah medical center.

Kind introduced the bipartisan bill Wednesday saying he hopes the accountability boards would deter overmedicating. The Tomah hospital is under investigation for allegations of overprescribing practices and retaliatory behavior.

A VA report earlier this month found that patients at the facility were more likely than those at other VA hospitals to receive high doses of narcotics. The report also found that patients at the facility were more likely to receive opioids and benzodiazepines, a prescription discouraged because it can cause complications. A 35-year-old Marine died of an overdose in the hospital’s inpatient care unit last year.

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