Antipsychotic Drug Use Has Fallen in Nursing Homes, CMS Reports

August 30, 2013 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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​In the first quarter of 2013, the national prevalence of antipsychotic use in long-stay nursing home residents was 9.1% lower than the rate in the last quarter of 2011, reports an August 27, 2013, press release from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The finding is based on new data released in July on Nursing Home Compare. In 2010, 17% of nursing home residents had daily doses of antipsychotics that exceeded recommended levels. CMS launched the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in 2012 in response; its goal was to reduce antipsychotic drug usage by 15% by the end of 2013.

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