If you’re worried about your loved one suffering overmedication in a Louisville nursing home, you’re not alone. According to data from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, over 17 percent of nursing home patients in 2010 were given unnecessary daily doses of anti-psychotic medication—most of them well over recommended levels.
On May 30, the CMS announced a program that aims to reduce the use of antipsychotic drugs in nursing home residents by 15 percent by the end of this year. The Partnership to Improve Dementia Care involves federal and state programs nationwide, demandingcompliance with nursing homes and other care providers.
The new initiative will take several steps toward improving patient care, including:
- Staff training. CMS has developed a new training series for nursing home staff that focuses on person-centered care and abuse prevention. They will also provide training for state and federal surveyors on behavioral health and medication abuse.
- Drug transparency. Starting in July, CMS will release each nursing home’s antipsychotic drug use records on the Nursing Home Compare database.
- Medication alternatives. The program will explore non-pharmacological alternatives for patients, including exercise, managing chronic pain, planning individualized activities and reducing abuse through consistent staff assignments.
While this program may go a long way toward reducing off-label dosing, many elders are still at risk of abuse in their care facilities. If you suspect your loved one has been abused, you should take action immediately.
The attorneys at Gray and White have fought and won many Louisville nursing home abuse lawsuits over the years, and we would be proud to explain your legal options in your FREE consultation. Call us today at (800) 634-8767 or click the contact link on this page to get started.