Good afternoon, ProviderNation.
This morning, the fine folks at CMS released the good news: off-label use of antipsychotics is down 9 percent in the first quarter of 2013.
And then the fine folks at AHCA released the better news: their members have reduced antipsychotics by 10.5 percent. More than two-fifths of the association’s member homes have reached the goal of 15 reductions in improper antipsychotic use.
“Over the past 15 months, there has been a movement to address antipsychotic use in individuals living with dementia, and AHCA members have been at the forefront,” association board honcho Neil Pruitt, Jr. said in a news release. “Our commitment to person-centered care is evident and will continue as we strive to reach our Quality Initiative’s 15 percent reduction goal.”
Meanwhile, local hero Joe DeMattos gets himself some ink.