Five Star Program Scheduled May 27 in Richmond

Registration is now available for the Five Star Rating Update: Another Look at Antipsychotics in LTC Facilities, scheduled for May 27 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond – Midlothian.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced changes to the Five Star Rating System as improvement actions.  This program will provide an overview of the changes to the Five Star Rating System and how these changes will impact nursing facilities overall.   The modifications included updates to the Quality Measures (QM) with an addition of two QMs relating to the use of antipsychotic medication, resetting the scale used to raise the QM threshold, and changes to the staffing rating calculation.  

The focus on antipsychotics was escalated with the addition of quality measures in the CMS Five Star Rating System.  Presenters will address these recent changes in the context of current clinical and regulatory standards regarding the use of antipsychotics in residents with dementia-related behaviors.  Lessons learned from deficiency data and recent court decisions will be discussed from the perspectives of a former nurse surveyor and a Doctor of Pharmacy.  

Other sessions will provide an opportunity to discuss the caregiver’s approach to dementia residents.  Behavioral alternatives to antipsychotics for residents with dementia will be explored with interventions while minimizing the use of psychotropic drugs among residents.  Presenters will emphasize creative activities and individualization of resident care as well as strategies for empowering staff to change prescriber behavior and the importance of communication between facility staff, residents and families.

Case studies will be presented for panelists and participants to discuss and determine effective treatment plans to minimize the use of antipsychotics.  In addition, panelists will also share perspectives and discuss best practices for reducing antipsychotic medication use and describe innovative non-pharmacological approaches to resident care.