Nursing home staffing emergencies cost Massachusetts taxpayers $82 million … Senate Finance Committee Chairmen comment on HHS OIG report on nursing home psychotropics … AARP releases latest Public...
CMS, OIG agree on increasing scrutiny of psychotropic drug use
Nov 18, 2022
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will be increasing its oversight of the use of psychotropic drugs to pay closer attention to certain classes, warned the lead author of a federal report identifying...
F-tags study reveals common misuses of psychotropic drugs in LTC
Alicia Lasek (f3)
May 13, 2022
A study of deficiency-of-care citations in nursing homes offers lessons on reducing over-reliance on psychotropics in residents with dementia, investigators say.
Brief training for LTC nurses leads to 6 months of reduced psychotropics use
Oct 26, 2021
Wards with trained nurses showed a significant reduction in psychotropic drug use and drug costs. Maintenance strategies may be needed, however, as the improvements had waned by 12 months, researchers...
Meds won’t ease seniors’ loneliness, but ‘social prescribing’ can help, geriatricians say
Jul 28, 2021
Some lonely seniors are prescribed psychotropic drugs at double the rate of their non-lonely peers, a new study finds. But these medications may not alleviate their problems, the researchers say.
Psychotropics filled at same rate for community dwellers and LTC residents with dementia
Aug 19, 2020
Nearly three-quarters of community-dwelling older adults with dementia fill prescriptions for psychotropic drugs, similar to the prescription rate in eldercare facilities, a new study has found.
10 tips to avoid survey problems
Robert Figlerski, Ph.D.
Oct 12, 2018
Here are some suggestions to help guide facilities towards the goal of optimal psychotropic medication management so they can better manage the health of residents and position themselves for success during...
High nurse workload may increase inappropriate psychotropic prescribing in SNFs, study says
Sep 25, 2017
Older nursing home residents and those with more severe psychiatric symptoms may receive more appropriate psychotropic prescriptions than others, a new study suggests.
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...
Everything old is new again
Jacqueline Vance, RNC, CDONA/LTC
Jun 06, 2011
So there I was, out having a blast on Cinco de Mayo, enjoying an “adult beverage” and some really great food with plans for NOT working for the rest of the evening, and I get an emergency text...