Reducing Antipsychotic Drugs in LTC Program Scheduled for October 17th

Based on quality measure information, of the 156 Virginia nursing homes still using antipsychotic drugs on long stay residents at a rate of 20% or higher, more than half of the facilities actually INCREASED their average rate of use in the most recent quarter.  To help long term care providers reduce unnecessary medications, VHCA is offering a full-day program on reduction of antipsychotics, guidance to surveyors on F Tag 329 - Unnecessary Drugs, and effective non-pharmacy approaches to personalized care.  The program, planned in collaboration with VHQC (Virginia’s Quality Improvement Organization) and the Community Partnership for Improved Long Term Care, will focus on roles of the physician, pharmacist, Director of Nursing, Medical Director and Psychologist and their respective challenges for the most appropriate approaches to address behaviors in the long term care resident.

Since a large number of the individuals in nursing and assisted living facilities are living with some type of dementia and exhibit challenging behaviors, too often antipsychotic medications are used in an effort to modify the behaviors. This program will help providers rethink interventions to address behaviors related to dementia care and will center on the implications of the CMS Initiative to “Improve Behavioral Health and Reduce the Use of Antipsychotic Medications in Nursing Homes Residents”.  Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from physicians and health care practitioners engaged in the reduction of these medications.

The program is scheduled for October 17 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Richmond - Midlothian (formerly the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center.)  Register today while space is still available.