Healthcare reform

Antipsychotic medication use decreased more than expected in LTC

In 2012, the long-term industry launched a goal of a 15 percent reduction in the off-label use of antipsychotic medications. Use of antipsychotic medications in long-stay nursing home residents has decreased more than expected. According to CMS quality data, 19.2 percent of long-stay nursing home residents were receiving an antipsychotic medication in the third quarter of 2014 compared with 23.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011, a decrease of 19.4 percent.

On Sept. 19, 2014 the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes announced a new goal of reducing the use of antipsychotic drugs in skilled nursing facility residents by 25 percent by the end of 2015 and by 30 percent by the end of 2016.