Medicare Partners With Nursing Homes and Caregivers to Curb Unnecessary and Dangerous Drugging of Nursing Home Residents
According to a press release issued by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on May 30th, CMS has set a national goal of reducing antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes by 15 percent by the end of 2012. This initiative again puts the spotlight on the inappropriate use of antipsychotic drugs for Dementia patients.
To achieve its goal, CMS is partnering with nursing homes and other providers, advocacy groups and caregivers to enhance training in "person-centered" care, increase transparency by publicly posting nursing home antipsychotic drugging rates, and emphasizing non-drug alternatives to deal with behavioral issues.
To learn more about this important initiative, and to read the CMS press release in full, click here.