Mississippi Fights the Good Fight
A year ago, I posted a blog about the efforts of the State of Kentucky to help decrease antipsychotic use. Like the State of Tennessee before them, Kentucky change agents had chosen education as a key feature of their reduction strategy. Both states were awarded CMP dollars approved through CMS’ Region IV to offer Dementia Beyond Drugs training to direct care providers. Today, both Kentucky and Tennessee are on their way toward making a serious dent in antipsychotic use. Tennessee, for example, actually shows an overall 15% reduction from the date of the state’s first Dementia Beyond Drugs training through the first quarter of 2014.
Starting next week, the State of Mississippi will join the fray. On Monday, Hattiesburg will welcome geriatrician and award-winning author Dr. Al Power and kick off the first of three Dementia Beyond Drugs events in the state. The cities of Grenada and Jackson will round out the three-stop tour, which will engage roughly 500 participants, when all is said and done.
This is a bold move on the part of Mississippi, given the latest stats on the antipsychotic use in the state. The April 2014 interim report on CMS’ National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes lists the State of Mississippi as 49th in the prevalence of antipsychotic use for long-stay residents. Only Louisiana and Texas show higher rates of use.
A big shout out to you, Mississippi! We applaud your belief that it can be different….
Tennessee, Kentucky, and Mississippi… is your state next?