How do we reach new antipsychotic goals?

In June, McKnight’s reported that CMS is pushing for further reductions in antipsychotic use for people living with dementia in nursing homes. The 19.4% nationwide reduction achieved by the end of last year is just short of the 20% target set by CMS in 2012. There is a push for a total reduction of 25% […]

To Collect Debts, Nursing Homes Are Seizing Control Over Patients

Lillian Palermo tried to prepare for the worst possibilities of aging. An insurance executive with a Ph.D. in psychology and a love of ballroom dancing, she arranged for her power of attorney and health care proxy to go to her husband, Dino, eight years her junior, if she became incapacitated. And in her 80s, she […]

HHS proposes to improve care and safety for nursing homes residents

A proposal announced today at the White House Conference on Aging would make major changes to improve the care and safety of the nearly 1.5 million residents in the more than 15,000 long-term care facilities or nursing homes that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. If finalized, unnecessary hospital readmissions and infections would be […]

Administration Proposes Rules To Modernize Nursing Home Safety

After nearly 30 years, the Obama administration wants to modernize the rules nursing homes must follow to qualify for Medicare and Medicaid payments. The hundreds of pages of proposed changes cover everything from meal times to use of antipsychotic drugs to staffing. Some are required by the Affordable Care Act and other recent federal laws, […]