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The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care is a coalition of public and private organizations that advocate for improved dementia care through the use of personalized and comprehensive care protocols. It is spearheaded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which has a goal of reducing the use of antipsychotic medications in long-term care nursing home facilities. Members of the coalition agree that nursing home residents should be individually evaluated, diagnosed and treated according to their unique needs.
In the past, CMS has been successful in reducing national prevalence of antipsychotic use in nursing home residents, successfully lowering rates by 15.1 percent between 2011 and 2013. Now, the National Partnership is working to further reduce antipsychotics by 25 percent in 2015 and 30 percent by the end of 2016.
One member of the National Partnership – the American Health Care Association – has produced its own quality initiative in alliance with the National Center for Assisted Living. It is challenging long-term care providers to set and reach concrete goals over the next few years, one of which includes a 30 percent reduction in antipsychotic medication use by the end of 2016.
At Brighter Day Health, we encourage our clients to participate in this challenge, dramatically improving quality of life for nursing home residents. For more information about how telehealth psychology and psychiatrics can help your facility achieve the CMS goal and AHCA quality initiative, contact our office.