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Dr. Al Power’s Guidelines for Antipsychotic Drugs in Dementia


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  • CMS Survey +Certification 16-04NH Focused Dementia Care Survey Tools 
    • NH Focused Dementia Care Survey Tool
    • Resident Focused Dementia Care Survey Tool
  • CMS Survey + Certification 13-35 Dementia Care: F329 – Unnecessary Drugs
  • National Partnerships Making a Difference 
    CMS launched a National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in 2012. The Partnership’s goal is to reduce antipsychotic drug usage by 15 percent by the end of 2013. The goal of the Partnership has been to improve quality of care and quality of life for nursing home residents throughout the nation. The partnership includes long-term care providers, medical and quality improvement professionals, government agencies, and consumers. The strategies to reduce inappropriate use of antipsychotic medications include: enhanced training for nursing home providers and state surveyors; increased transparency by making antipsychotic use data available online at Nursing Home Compare; and highlighting alternate strategies to improve dementia care. Recent data show that the Partnership’s work is making a difference as antipsychotic drug use is down in nursing homes nationwide. For more information on the Partnership, Resources and Tools to reduce use of antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes Go to the Advancing Excellence in Nursing Homes page CMS Launches Partnership  to Improve Dementia Care.
  • Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes -Advancing Excellence_CMS
  • Working Collaboratively to Eliminate Inappropriate Use of Antipsychotic Medication
    The Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality shared a video that was developed by their NH Learning & Action Network (LAN) team.
    The video features a nursing home residents’ and staff’s cooperative efforts to eliminate potentially inappropriate use of antipsychotic medication. The video speaks to the positive results of engaging residents in their individualized plan of care and reducing and eliminating inappropriate use of antipsychotic medication.


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