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CMS Releases 96-Page Report on Antipsychotic Reduction Initiative

The Center for Medicare Services has released a report recounting its efforts and successes in its National Partnership to Reduce Misuse of Antipsychotics and Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes. The report shows the partnership has focused on stakeholder collaboration … Continue reading

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New Dementia Care Symposium Announced – Santa Clara, Feb. 6, 2014

CANHR is pleased to announce a dementia care symposium has been scheduled for February 6, 2014 in Santa Clara, CA. The full-day event will feature as trainers American Medical Directors Association president Jonathan Evans and Tena Alonzo, co-director of palliative … Continue reading

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CANHR to co-host Modesto Dementia Care Symposium

CANHR will be co-hosting its eighth dementia care symposium on November 12, 2013. This time, CANHR is bringing its comfort-focused care road show to the Modesto area for a FREE half-day event featuring presentations from dementia care experts and a … Continue reading

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Advocates Urge OIG to Keep Eye on Overdrugging

A group of nursing home resident advocates is urging the federal Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services not to abandon its plan to audit the use of antipsychotic medications in American nursing homes. … Continue reading

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Watch Tony Chicotel’s Presentation on Antipsychotic Misuse

The Stanford Geriatric Center has recently posted a video of CANHR Staff Attorney Tony Chicotel’s presentation on the legal aspects of antipsychotic drug misuse. The presentation was made at the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2013 Updates on Dementia Care Conference in Foster … Continue reading

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Search Your Doc and Antipsychotics

ProPublica (www.propublica.org) has released an on-line search tool allowing people to look up a physician’s prescribing practices as it relates to antipsychotics. The search tool shows what percentage of a physician’s Medicare Part D patients were 65 or older and … Continue reading

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Tony Chicotel to Speak at Annual Alz. Association Event on May 2

CANHR Staff Attorney Tony Chicotel, along with national dementia care expert Tena Alonzo, will be the keynote speakers at the Nor Cal Alzheimer’s Association’s annual education conference for families and professionals in Sacramento on May 2, 2013. The conference is … Continue reading

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Next Generation Dementia Care Symposium in Oxnard on March 7.

CANHR is co-sponsoring “Building Relationships: The New Medicine for Treating Dementia” in Oxnard on March 7, 2013. The event will feature a keynote address from Dr. Jonathan Evans, the President-elect of the American Medical Directors Association and several training sessions … Continue reading

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Nurse Gets Three Years for Drugging Residents

Gwen D. Hughes, the former Director of Nursing of Kern Valley Healthcare District’s nursing home was sentenced to three years in prison for drugging residents into submission with antipsychotic and anti-seizure drugs. Hughes was the last of four defendants, including … Continue reading

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California Aims to Reduce Antipsychotic Use in Nursing Homes by 30%

The California Department of Health has announced a major campaign to reduce unnecessary antipsychotic drug use in nursing homes. The campaign has set initial goals to reduce overall nursing home use of antipsychotics by 15% by the end of 2012 … Continue reading

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