CMS Initiative To Lower Antipsychotic Drug Use In Nursing Homes Showing Success
This article was originally published in The Pink Sheet Daily
A program launched in 2012, the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care, is on its way to meeting goals of lowering the use of antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes by 15%, with 11 states already hitting that target.
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Efforts will include provider training, posting of nursing home prescribing rates on Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare website.
CMS will not implement an earlier regulatory proposal requiring that consultant pharmacists maintain independence from long-term care facilities or drug firms at this point.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is proposing a new Medicare requirement that consulting pharmacists serving long-term care facilities maintain independence from the facility to help avoid drug “overprescribing and overutilization.”