Don’t Get Too Comforable
The recent announcement that the national goal of reducing the use of antipsychotic medications by 15% has been met is welcome news. This is a worthy goal that has no doubt improved quality of life for many elders and their care partners. However, according to an article in today’s McKnight’s, CMS officials aren’t done with this issue.
CMS has announced that beginning in 2014 they will be piloting focused dementia reviews as part of the annual survey process. They will be looking specifically at processes related to antipsychotic prescribing. According to the article, during the pilot a dementia care expert will accompany surveyors on their initial site visit “whenever possible.”
We all know that dementia care is a large and challenging issue facing all long- term care providers. The increased oversight by CMS will add to the stress of caring for these elders. If you haven’t done so already, I suggest you check out Dementia Beyond Drugs for some help. Read the book by Dr. Al Power and look at the training offered by The Eden Alternative. These resources are available to help you provide better person-centered care and will show regulators that you are serious about your commitment to providing quality of care and quality of life for your elders living with dementia.