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Category Archives: Antipsychotic Medications

Guidelines for Antipsychotics in Dementia

Dr. Al Powers explores guidelines for prescribing antipsychotics to persons living with dementia.  In this 2 part blog series, he shares his understanding and some resources to implement an antipsychotic-free environment.

Guidelines for Antipsychotic Drugs in Dementia-Part 1
Guidelines for Antipsychotic Drugs in Dementia-Part 2

Antipsychotic Drug use in Nursing Homes Trend Update

On October 22, 2014, CMS released recent data related to the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes.  Please see the State-specific data here for more information.

National Partnership Announces New Goal

The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care announced a new national goal of reducing the use of antipsychotic medications in long-stay nursing home residents by 25 percent by the end of 2015, and 30 percent by the end of 2016 through a media press call.  Below you will find links to a Press Release and Fact Sheet released in conjunction with this announcement.

Alive Inside – A Story of Music & Memory: Now in Theaters Nationwide

August 15, 2014: Tivoli Cinemas, Kansas City, Mo. – Visit http://www.aliveinside.us/#see-the-film.

Music & Memory website:  http://musicandmemory.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeAliveInside

Medications and Discharge

The Section for Long-Term Care Regulation (SLCR) has recently received questions related to the procedure for releasing medications upon a resident’s discharge from a Medicare/Medicaid certified facility.  Please find the article addressing this issue here:  Medications and Discharge

Navigating the 2014 Advancing Excellence Website – Free Webinar

July 9, 2014:  Advancing Excellence has a new website.  While the new site contains all the information from the old site, things have moved.  Join the webinar for a cruise around the website, including:

  • Logging in
  • Downloading the data collection tools
  • Looking at the resources
  • Uploading aggregate data to the AE website
  • Viewing your progress
  • Signing up for the newsletter, viewing the calendars, etc.

Plenty of time will be available for questions and answers.  To learn more, please visit www.nhqualitycampaign.org.

Dementia Beyond Disease – Conversations with Carmen

Dementia Beyond Disease

May 16, 2014:  Conversations with Carmen

Guest: Al Power, MD, Board-certified Geriatrician, Eden Educator, Author of Dementia beyond Drugs and Dementia beyond Disease.  To learn more and register for this web-based talk show, please visit www.actionpact.com/calendar/event_details/conversations_with_carmen_webinar.