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Antipsychotic Medications: Expectations, Regulations, and Strategies

Posted by Pam Duchene on Thu, Apr 18, 2019

C.A.R.E.

Compliance • Audits/Analysis • Reimbursement/Regulatory/Rehab • Education/Efficiency


The Expectations 

In CMS’s latest blog, antipsychotic medications, again, are in the spotlight.  In her April 15th update, CMS Administrator Seema Verma mentioned antipsychotic medications five times: 

  • Updating Nursing Home Compare to make it easier for consumers to identify non-compliance related to inappropriate antipsychotic medication use.
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Topics: Antipsychotics

Antipsychotic Medications: Risks and 5 Components to Consider for Minimized Usage

Posted by Pam Duchene on Thu, Mar 14, 2019

C.A.R.E.

Compliance • Audits/Analysis • Reimbursement/Regulatory/Rehab • Education/Efficiency


Antipsychotic medications pose tremendous risks for older adults, which is illustrated in the black box warnings issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration which identify increased risk of death in elderly patients with dementia [1].  

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Topics: Antipsychotics

Quality Measures # 16: Residents Who Received an Antipsychotic Medication – Long Stay (Part 2)

Posted by The Harmony Team on Thu, Oct 20, 2016

C.A.R.E.

Compliance • Audits/Analysis • Reimbursement/Regulatory • Education/Efficiency


Steps to Develop a Behavior Monitoring Process 

In Part 1 of our Quality Measure #16 series, Harmony Healthcare International (HHI) discussed the Quality Measure Item Sets for Triggering Residents who received an Antipsychotic Medications. After identifying a resident that has triggered for this quality measure what is the next step? The Harmony HealthCARE Specialists work alongside their clients to identify the residents at risk, as well as assist in strengthening the development of a Behavioral Root Cause Analysis Process. 

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Topics: Quality Measures, Antipsychotics

Quality Measures # 16:  Residents Who Received an Antipsychotic Medication - Long Stay (Part 1)

Posted by Kim Steele on Tue, Oct 18, 2016

C.A.R.E.

Compliance • Audits/Analysis • Reimbursement/Regulatory • Education/Efficiency


Root Cause Analysis 

The first step in drilling down to the root cause of this Quality Measure is to understand how the measure is calculated.  This measure reports the percentage of long-stay residents who are receiving antipsychotic drugs within the target period. 

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Topics: Quality Measures, Antipsychotics

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