CHA News Article

Antipsychotic Drug Use in California SNFs Declines

According to data recently released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, prescriptions of antipsychotic medications to residents of California skilled-nursing facilities have declined by 26.5 percent since 2011. The decline reflects the efforts of the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes to improve the quality of care for individuals with dementia living in nursing homes. The National Partnership measure is the percentage of long-stay nursing home residents who are receiving an antipsychotic medication, excluding those diagnosed with schizophrenia, Huntington’s disease or Tourette syndrome.

In the fourth quarter of 2011, 23.9 percent of long-stay nursing home residents nationwide were receiving an antipsychotic medication. Since then, there has been a decrease of 18.8 percent to a national prevalence of 19.4 percent in the second quarter of 2014.