Mount Hope Nursing Center Reduces Antipsychotic Use to Zero
A new effort has been underway by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to reduce the amount of antipsychotics prescribed to patients in nursing homes. Not only has Mount Hope Nursing Center been able to achieve that, our team of experienced staff is incredibly proud that we can report our facility has obtained the ideal of absolute zero usage. No residents in our nursing home are currently utilizing any antipsychotic medications.
As was recently reported in LeadingAge Kansas, congratulations is due to the entire Mount Hope Nursing Center team led by administrator Gina Terry for their hard work utilizing nonpharmacological interventions in achieving this antipsychotic reduction.
This effort to reduce prescribed antipsychotic medicine is for “improving the quality of care for individuals with dementia living in nursing homes.” The April 2019 report released from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services shows that usage was nearly 25% at the beginning of 2012. That was when this national partnership was created to curtail this prescribed medicine. With coordinated their efforts, antipsychotic use has reduced in the last eight years with antipsychotic medication prevalence now averaging at about 14.6% across the country.
Mount Hope Surpasses Kansas & Midwest Average
While achieving a total reduction in prescribed antipsychotics is an incredible feat that we are very proud to have achieved, we have done so in a region that is particularly struggling with reducing usage of this prescription in nursing homes. According to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services report, Kansas is below average among the rest of the country in reduction of antipsychotic prescriptions. With an average usage amount in the final quarter of 2018 at 17%, Kansas is 38th in the nation in antipsychotic use in nursing homes.
Across the country, here are a look at the states achieving the best reduction in prescribing antipsychotics, the states at the bottom, and some of our nearby states.
Prevalence of Antipsychotic Use for Long-Stay Residents
|3. New Jersey||9.3%|
|5. New York||11.3%|
Kansas Nursing Home with Exceptional Patient Care
At Mount Hope Nursing Center, we are proud to continue providing top-notch care that is recognized nationally. But more than that, we strive to prioritize the needs and care of all our residents above all else. Ensuring those in our care who are dealing with mental and/or emotional difficulty are provided the absolute best and proper care, rather than being given strong and unnecessary medication, is just one way we ensure the best care. Having served our aging population in Mount Hope, Kansas for nearly 50 years, we continue to work diligently to provide the best care in our region, whether it is delivering short-term care or long-term nursing home services, you can always trust Mount Hope Nursing Center to put our residents first.