Antipsychotic Medications in LTC Education Program Scheduled for September 12

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The Virginia Health Care Association's program, Under the Microscope: Antipsychotic Medications in LTC will be held September 12, 2012 at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Health Care Association have each announced a quality initiative with the goal to reduce the off-label use of antipsychotics 15 percent by December 31, 2012.  Since a large number of individuals in nursing and assisted living facilities are living with some type of dementia and exhibit challenging behaviors, antipsychotic medications, too often, are used in an effort to modify these behaviors.  This use is considered “off-label” by the FDA, which has issued a “black box” warning for use in elderly residents with dementia or dementia-related psychosis.  

Facilities must be aware and be prepared for increased surveyor scrutiny of residents with dementia taking these drugs.  Learn about the implications of the CMS Initiative to “Improve Behavioral Health and Reduce the Use of Antipsychotic Medications in Nursing Home Residents” and the regulatory requirements for appropriate use and gradual dose reductions of antipsychotic medications.  Steps facilities can take to be prepared for increased scrutiny by state and federal agencies through the long term care survey process will be identified.

For more information and online registration click here.