CMS to Introduce Campaign to Reduce Antipsychotic Use on March 29

by Michael Connors, CANHR Advocate

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that it is developing a national action plan to protect nursing home residents from unnecessary antipsychotic drug use and to improve dementia care. CMS is holding a one-hour kick-off event that will be broadcast on the web on Thursday, March 29 at 10 am Pacific Time.

The broadcast is free and open to anyone, including residents, families, advocates, facility staff, inspectors and others. Click here for information about the event.

Please share this information with anyone who might be interested in this event.

The online video will also be available to the public following its initial airing on March 29.

According to CMS, it is planning to enhance person-centered care for nursing home residents with dementia through a multidimensional approach including research, public reporting, raising public awareness, regulatory oversight and technical assistance/training.

At a national level, CMS manages the Medicare and Medicaid programs and is responsible for enforcing federal nursing home standards. Its promo gives more information on the March 29 kick-off to its new campaign.

CANHR has strongly urged CMS to mount such a campaign and will closely monitor its introduction, goals and impact in the coming months.

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