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- The Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes Campaign is a major initiative of the Advancing Excellence in Long Term Care Collaborative. The Collaborative assists all stakeholders of long term care supports and services to achieve the highest practicable level of physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being for all individuals receiving long term care services. Learn more about the campaign here.
- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the 2012 Nursing Home Action Plan, which serves as a guide for CMS’ efforts to continue to improve nursing home safety and quality. This plan has five actionable strategies that are based on CMS’ Three-Part Aim for improving health care in the US: Enhance consumer engagement; strengthen survey processes, standards, and enforcement; promote quality improvement; create strategic approaches through partnerships; and advance quality through innovation and demonstration. Read the 2012 Nursing Home Action Plan here.
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- "Medicare Atypical Antipsychotic Drug Claims for Elderly Nursing Home Residents" by the Department of Health and Human Services evaluates the extent to which elderly nursing home residents receive atypical antipsychotic drugs and the associated cost to Medicare.
- The American Medical Directors Association provides talking points for "Appropriate Prescribing of Antipsychotics"
- The "Description of Antipsychotic Medication Quality Measures on Nursing Home Compare" focuses on two new measures of antipsychotic medications. The new measures include an incidence measure that assesses the percentage of short-stay residents that are given an antipsychotic medication after admission to the nursing home, and a prevalence measure that assesses the percentage of long-stay residents that are receiving an antipsychotic medication.
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