A comprehensive review of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' quality measurement efforts since 2006 paints a mostly positive picture of quality measurements in nursing homes.
The 2015 National Impact Assessment of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Quality Measures Report shows "clear progress in improving the healthcare delivery system to achieve the three aims of better care, smarter spending, and healthier people."
A number of internal promotions and a few staff acquisitions from a Health and Human Services' insurance unit highlight a series of leadership changes at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, it was announced on Monday.
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. Providers have already achieved a 17.1% reduction since 2011.