Pharmacists are increasingly asked to be part of the behavioral health teams to ensure that there is an appropriate indication for all medication use and that ongoing effectiveness and adverse event monitoring is being implemented.
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is expected to unveil major changes to Nursing Home Compare today that could cause facilities to lose rating stars, according to industry sources.
Special surveys to determine Minimum Data Set coding accuracy and nursing home staffing levels will occur nationwide in 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced in an Oct. 31 memorandum. A five-state pilot of the focused surveys concluded in August, and there were deficiencies reported on 24 out of 25, according to CMS.
Providers may grumble about renewed pressure to lower the use of antipsychotics among long-term care residents with dementia, but the industry has an opportunity to be a leader, said LeadingAge President and CEO Larry Minnix.
Long-term care providers are being asked to reduce the use of antipsychotic medications among residents by 25% by the end of 2015, and 30% by the end of 2016.
Long-term care providers might need to change pain management to cut opioid use, MedPAC analyst saysOctober 15, 2014
Long-term care and other providers might have to alter their pain management practices if changes discussed at a recent Medicare Payment Advisory Commission meeting come to pass.
Nursing homes may be ratcheting up high-risk medication use for certain residents who return to the facility after a stay in the hospital, according to recently published findings.
With the mandate to reduce the use of antipsychotics, many facilities are looking for alternative methods to address the behaviors often associated with dementia. There are several good resources available for training staff, including your consulting psychologist. Here's how he or she can help:
Antipsychotic use tied to acute kidney injury, increasing pressure on nursing home reduction effortsAugust 20, 2014
Older people who take antipsychotic medications are at a markedly increased risk of acute kidney injury, according to newly published research findings out of Canada. The study further supports ongoing efforts to reduce the number of nursing home residents on these drugs.
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Seniors are more likely to be rehospitalized within 30 days of discharge if they have dementia, and the risk increases if they are taking an antipsychotic medication, according to recently published research.
After years of pushing, long-term care facilities have reduced their use of antipsychotic medication for dementia, according to an April report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
For a person with dementia, the link between aggressive behavior and physical pain is strong only in the condition's advanced stages, University of Florida researchers have found.
Public reporting of physical restraint use led to 36% increase in antipsychotic prescribing for dementia, researchers findMarch 21, 2014
Public reporting of physical restraint use in nursing homes caused a spike in the use of antipsychotic medications to control residents' dementia symptoms, according to a recently published analysis. These results suggest that policymakers should consider unintended negative consequences of publicly reporting quality measures, the researchers emphasized.
Teva Pharmaceuticals and subsidiary IVAX LLC have agreed to a $27.6 million settlement over charges that they paid kickbacks to a psychiatrist for putting nursing home residents on the antipsychotic drug clozapine, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 requests additional funds for survey activities and lists the agency's targets for nursing home quality measures.
A small Belgian study of people with dementia on low-dose antipsychotics found that abrupt stoppage of the medication, rather than tapering, is a possible solution. Eighty-five percent of 40 patients who stopped abruptly were fine a month later.
Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline will stop paying healthcare professionals to speak about its products, and will alter other marketing and compensation practices that are common in the industry but derided by critics, the company announced Tuesday.
The second annual McKnight's Long-Term Care News Excellence in Technology Awards begged the question: How can you compare to last year's storied winners?
More than 6,000 skilled nursing facilities achieved notable gains in the first year of the American Health Care Association's Quality Initiative, the provider association announced yesterday.
Golden LivingCenter-Indianapolis uses AlixaRx system to reduce antipsychotics, earning the SNF a top McKnight's tech awardOctober 03, 2013
From reducing off-label use of antipsychotics to better antibiotic stewardship, medication management is at the forefront of today's long-term care challenges. And Golden LivingCenter-Indianapolis is in the vanguard of facilities tackling this challenge in innovative ways. For this, the skilled nursing facility received top honors in the McKnight's Excellence in Technology awards.
Providers reveal strategies for reducing unneccessary antipsychotics use for residents with dementia, and meeting industry-wide medication reduction goals
MASSACHUSETTS — An ongoing debate over nursing homes' use of antipsychotics flared in July during a meeting of the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs.
Nursing homes have made strides toward reducing antipsychotic medication use among residents with dementia, according to new figures from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living.
Haloperidol, a common antipsychotic, is no more effective than a placebo in treating delirium in critically ill patients, according to a new study.
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Government agency calls off effort to assess antipsychotic use in nursing homes, watchdog group reportsJuly 26, 2013
A government investigation into nursing homes' antipsychotic prescribing practices will not move forward due to budget and staff cuts, according to nonprofit investigative news organization The Center for Public Integrity.
Most nursing home medication errors involve analgesics and sedatives, and these drugs are likely to account for errors regardless of how frequently they are administered, according to recently published research.
Skilled nursing providers fell short of reaching a 15% reduction in off-label antipsychotic use by the end of 2012, the American Health Care Association formally announced last month. However, AHCA did renew the goal for 2013, and members also performed better in the reductions than nursing providers overall.