Friday, August 30, 2013

Less Use of Antipsychotic Drugs in Nursing Homes

CMS  issued a press release on August 27th that announced Nursing Home Compare's updated data (July) showed a drop in the use of antipsychotic drugs by nursing homes. According to the press release, facilities are using "more patient-centered treatment for dementia and other behavioral health care." This is a follow up to the "National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care" that CMS started in 2012, with a goal  of a 15% reduction in the amount of antipsychotics being used by December 31, 2013. The press release provides the following statistics:

"The national prevalence of antipsychotic use in long stay nursing home residents has been reduced by 9.1 percent by the first quarter of 2013, compared to the last quarter of 2011.

There are approximately 30,000 fewer nursing home residents on these medications now than if the prevalence had remained at the pre-National Partnership level.

At least 11 states have hit or exceeded a 15 percent target and others are quickly approaching that goal. The states that have met or exceeded the target are: Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vermont."

Additional information about this initiative is available on the Advancing Excellence in America's Nursing Homes website.

Becky Morgan

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