New CMS Data Show Greater Antipsychotic Percent Reduction Rate Among AHCA Members

Washington, D.C. — The American Health Care Association (AHCA) today announced that its skilled nursing center members achieved a greater percent reduction than non-skilled nursing center members in the use of antipsychotic drugs from 2011 to 2018, with the AHCA member percent reduction at 37.2 percent and non-members at 34.4 percent. According to data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), 23.6 percent of residents in member centers received an antipsychotic medication in the fourth quarter of 2011 compared with 14.8 percent of residents in the first quarter of 2018.

“There is no question that the data released by CMS shows that nursing homes are reducing unnecessary medication use,” said AHCA Senior Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Affairs Dr. David Gifford. “Nearly seven years ago, AHCA members set a goal to reduce unnecessary antipsychotic medication use. We’ve achieved that and more. Now, we are working toward a new goal: another 10 percent reduction by 2021.” 

As a result of the Association’s metric-based Quality Initiative and its partnership with CMS’ National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care, the nationwide decline in antipsychotic use is 36.2 percent. AHCA launched its Quality Initiative in 2012 and later joined the National Partnership to raise awareness about safe alternatives to antipsychotic medications for residents and patients with dementia through a systems-based and person-centered approach to care.

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represents more than 13,700 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 or