New rankings might wrongly show downturn, leaders fear
Mar 04, 2015
Despite progress reducing off-label use of antipsychotics among nursing home residents, providers remained worried about a rebasing of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services system to rank nursing...
Rate drops for antipsychotics
James M. Berklan
Mar 04, 2015
Industry leaders were pleasantly surprised to learn that nursing home operators had exceeded goals for lowering unnecessary antipsychotics use. The level dropped by nearly 20% over a three-year span.
GAO has good points in how, why antipsychotics are given
Mar 04, 2015
The government recognizes the progress made in nursing homes with reduction of antipsychotics for residents with dementia, but also notes many who live in assisted living are receiving the drugs. It’s...
Assisted living residents with dementia receiving too many antipsychotics, GAO says
Mar 03, 2015
Government investigators are calling for greater scrutiny of antipsychotics use among dementia patients in post-acute settings beyond nursing homes.
IN2L announces study results
Feb 25, 2015
There was up to a 50% reduction in the use of psychotropic drugs when seniors in a continuing care retirement community received personalized technology services, according to research from It’s...
Drop in antipsychotics use surpasses providers’ expectations
Feb 10, 2015
Leaders at the American Health Care Association said Monday they plan to keep the momentum going and further curb antipsychotic use in nursing homes after learning that a nearly 20% three-year decline...
Reducing rehospitalizations and antipsychotics top-of-mind for long-term care providers at AHCA/NCAL...
Oct 07, 2014
Developing effective relationships with hospitals begins by joining, initiating or hosting a cross continuum team at a long-term care provider’s campus, an expert in senior care said Monday.
Creative activities for residents with dementia
Eleanor Feldman Barbera, Ph.D.
Oct 02, 2014
While conducting a training session last week in Montana, I was lucky enough to have a group of more than 100 staff members from various long-term care departments share some excellent suggestions on how...
Use caution in antipsychotics reduction
G. Allen Power, M.D.
Sep 22, 2014
It is true that I began speaking out about the misuse of antipsychotics drugs long before they came to national attention. But as I applaud the efforts of our providers and regulators around this important...
Antipsychotics reduction goal raised to 30% by end of 2016, CMS and provider groups announce
Sep 19, 2014
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...