New Goals Set for Antipsychotic Reduction

Alongside officials from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the American Health Care Association (AHCA) announced the attainment of a nationwide goal to safely reduce the off-label use of antipsychotic medications in America’s skilled nursing care centers. The objective of the Partnership is to continue to reduce the use of unnecessary antipsychotic medications, as well as other potentially harmful medications in nursing homes and eventually other care settings as well.  Members of the Partnership include consumers, advocacy organizations, nursing home staff, and professional associations, including AHCA.

The announcement highlighted that skilled nursing care centers successfully reached a goal to reduce the use of antipsychotics by 15 percent, achieving a 15.1 percent reduction between the end of 2011 and 2013.

Building on the success of achieving the initial goal, the Partnership has publicized new goals to further decrease the use of antipsychotics in skilled nursing centers:

  • an additional 10 percent nationwide reduction by the end of 2015;
  • and another 5 percent nationwide reduction by the end of 2016.

This would result in a total reduction of antipsychotic use by 30 percent over a five-year effort of both the Partnership and the Quality Initiative.  A CMS fact sheet was released in conjunction with this announcement.