Association more than two-thirds of the way toward reaching 15 percent reduction goal
Washington, D.C. – In conjunction with new data released from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the American Health Care Association (AHCA) today announced similar data highlighting the progress of its skilled nursing members in reducing the off-label use of antipsychotic medications. AHCA member centers are reducing the use of these medications at a higher rate than the national average, with a 10.5 percent reduction since the end of 2011, compared to a 9.1 percent reduction nationally.
“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,” said AHCA Board Chair Neil Pruitt, Jr. “Our commitment to person-centered care is evident and will continue as we strive to reach our Quality Initiative’s 15 percent reduction goal.”
Last year, AHCA joined CMS in its Partnership to Improve Dementia Care and announced a similar goal to reduce the off-label use of antipsychotic medications by 15 percent through its Quality Initiative. AHCA members have shown greater progress in decreasing the use of these medications compared to the national average:
- For the first quarter of 2013, the rate of long-stay residents receiving an antipsychotic medication in AHCA member centers is 21.3 percent, compared to 21.7 percent nationally.
- This is a 10.5 percent decrease among AHCA members from the fourth quarter of 2011 (the baseline for measuring progress in CMS’ Partnership to Improve Dementia Care and the AHCA Quality Initiative). Nationally, nursing centers reduced antipsychotic use by 9.1 percent, according to CMS.
- Over this same time period, 42.3 percent of AHCA members - 3,391 member centers - have achieved a 15 percent reduction in antipsychotic use.
- This results in 15,995 individuals in AHCA member centers no longer receiving these medications.
For more information about the AHCA Quality Initiative, please visit qualityinitiative.ahcancal.org.
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The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 12,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit www.ahca.org or www.ncal.org.