AHCA Joins CMS Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Skilled Nursing Facilities

On Wednesday, the American Health Care Association (AHCA) helped launch the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) new initiative called the Partnership to Improve Dementia Care. Dr. Gifford represented AHCA, LeadingAge and all care providers on a national press call with CMS officials, the advocacy group Legal Aid Society, and a family member of an individual who had a better quality of life after a nursing home took him off antipsychotics.  CMS’ Partnership to Improve Dementia Care sets a national goal of reducing the use of antipsychotics drugs in nursing center residents by 15 percent by the end of 2012, coordinating with AHCA’s Quality Initiative antipsychotic goal announced in February. Through the partnership, providers will have access to enhanced training, publicly-reported data and information on alternatives to antipsychotic medications. AHCA will be sending state affiliates a more comprehensive update on how things are progressing with the Quality Initiative early next week.  Read AHCA’s press release.