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CMS reports success in reducing overuse of antipsychotic drugs; patient advocates skeptical
Modern Healthcare

The CMS says it has surpassed its goal use of antipsychotic medications in nursing homes. Patient advocates however are expressing skepticism over the claim.In 2014, the agency said it would strive to reduce use of the drugs by 25% by the end on 2015. The agency beat that goal by cutting use of the drugs 28.8% nationally by the end of last year, according to a new report. The analysis aimed at focusing on inappropriate use of the drugs by excluding patients diagnosed with schizophrenia, Huntington’s disease or Tourette’s syndrome.Industry was pleased with the progress.

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