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CMS holds open door forum on dementia care

On Tuesday, June 16, CMS held an open door forum (ODF) with The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes and QAPI. These two organizations partnered on MLN Connects Calls to broaden the discussion related to quality of life, quality of care, and safety issues.

The National Partnership was developed to improve dementia care in nursing homes through the use of individualized, comprehensive care approaches to reduce the use of unnecessary antipsychotic medications. QAPI standards expand the level and scope of quality activities to ensure that facilities continuously identify and correct quality deficiencies and sustain performance improvement.   

One of the principal points made during the ODF is that dementia-related behavioral disturbances are one of the top reasons SNF residents are readmitted to hospitals. According to those speaking on the call, one of the main items that can improve staff reaction to current disturbances and decrease the need for antipsychotics is focused training. Researchers Dr. Monica Tegeler and Dr. Kathleen Unroe of Indiana University included the results of a study on the effect of evidence-based dementia care training on staff comfort in dealing with dementia-related behavioral disturbances, further cemented this fact.