Atypical Antipsychotics

Nursing homes should be penalized for overuse of antipsychotic medications for dementia residents, federal investigator says

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should penalize physicians and nursing homes that continue to inappropriately prescribe and administer antipsychotic medications to dementia residents, regulators urged Wednesday.

Inspector General report: 1 in 7 nursing home residents are incorrectly prescribed psychotropic medications

Inspector General report: 1 in 7 nursing home residents are incorrectly prescribed psychotropic medications

As many as one in seven elderly nursing home residents, most of whom have dementia, are being prescribed expensive, powerful antipsychotic medications that increase the risk of death, according to a report from the federal Office of the Inspector General. Providers counter that the research reflects outdated practices.