Thursday, October 2, 2014
CMS Announces New Goals with National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care
CMS issued a press release (click here to view) announcing the new national goal to reduce use of antipsychotic medications in long-stay nursing home residents by 25% by the end of 2015 and 30% by the end of 2016. Between the end 2011 and the end of 2013, the national antipsychotic use rate in long-stay residents was reduced by just more than 15%. CMS also plans to add the antipsychotic measure to the Five Star Quality Rating calculation. Indiana has seen a reduction of 17.4% through the first quarter of 2014 since the tracking began in 2011. Click here for a the CMS Fact Sheet that includes data on the initiative.