Posts Tagged "CMS"

The Proof is in the Data

The Proof is in the Data

The Eden Alternative is associated with higher CMS Star Ratings and lower anti-psychotic use. Wow! July was an exciting month for The Eden Alternative. We received results from two different studies showing significant correlation between the implementation of The Eden

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Real Change Is Possible

Real Change Is Possible

Person-directed care, I believe, is fundamental to making lasting change to this country’s long-term care system.

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Reflections on Making a Difference in Oklahoma

Reflections on Making a Difference in Oklahoma

  Hank Hartsell is the Deputy Commissioner of Protective Health Services for the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH). OSDH has granted funds to help representatives of Oklahoma nursing homes learn more about reducing antipsychotics for those who live with

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Are Your Stars Fading?

Are Your Stars Fading?

USA Today reports that about 61% of all nursing homes got lower quality-of-care scores as a result of the new CMS 5-Star changes. About 28% of nursing homes dropped one star in their overall ratings, including more than 1,200 that lost coveted five-star status. The biggest changes are the usage rate of antipsychotics is now a factor in the rating along with more difficult quality and staffing level measures.

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Reimagining Five Stars

Reimagining Five Stars

How would you change the nursing home five-star rating system? Last week you may have heard of the new Medicare revisions; The New York Times provided some great coverage.

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Don't Get Too Comforable

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

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Kentucky Joins Tennessee in Doing the “Right Thing”

Things are heating up in the race to reduce antipsychotic use. Three weeks ago, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released new statistics ranking Tennessee as one of the top five states to significantly reduce the use of

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When Person-Directed Care Really Works

A new study spreads good news about the use of antipsychotic medication. It’s going away. Tennessee ranked fifth nationally in dementia drug reduction following a two year study period. This success is due to a strong movement towards person-directed care

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One of These Is Not Like The Other

Dementia is not psychosis. But sometimes people get them confused and treat them the same. Just like how sometimes the Barista gets confused and treats my black cup of coffee the same as a mocha-chino frappesomething. I know not everyone is a

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Eden Alternative Delivers Major Dementia Training Initiative in Tennessee

A press release issued today by the Tennessee Department of Health states that the Office of Health Care Facilities has secured a CMP grant totaling more than $370,000 to provide training for 749 people including nursing home direct care staff members,

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CMS and AHCA Call for Reduced Use of Antipsychotic Drugs — How are You Addressing this Issue?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched a national action plan aimed at reducing the use of antipsychotics by raising public awareness, increasing public reporting, regulatory oversight and research and assistance. The Eden Alternative has responded by launching two new groundbreaking programs to help reduce the off-label use of antipsychotic drugs: Reframing Dementia and Dementia Beyond Drugs.

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