Tag: antipsychotic

Proposed rule includes change to antipsychotics regulation

CMS announced a new proposed rule (CMS-3347-P) this week, and among many changes, such as the delay of Phase 3 implementation, are changes to the use of antipsychotic medication. In the proposed rule, CMS states that “some nursing homes are circumventing the pressure to reduce antipsychotic drug use by seeking an appropriate diagnosis from a […]

Antipsychotic medication use decreased by almost 19%

The percent of long-stay nursing home residents receiving antipsychotic medication has decreased by almost 19% under a nationwide initiative that started in 2012, according to the most recent quarterly figures from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. In the second quarter of 2014, 19.4% of long-stay residents were taking antipsychotics, CMS announced. This was down slightly […]

Current antipsychotics quality measure is too hard on long term care providers

A new study published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry explains that an updated quality measure could produce a clearer picture of nursing homes’ antipsychotic prescribing practices. In 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services introduced the quality measure, which assesses how many long-stay residents are on antipsychotic medications and do not have […]