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CMS continues focused dementia surveys; more person-centered care is the ultimate goal.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is continuing to conduct its "Focused Dementia Care Surveys" of nursing homes this year, as it proceeds with its goals of significantly reducing the use of antipsychotic medications.
The CMS is conducting the surveys under its "National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes" initiative.
Its goals are to reduce the use of antipsychotics by 25% in 2015 and 30% by the end of 2016.
Results of this effort will have a major impact on individual nursing homes, since the CMS will use this information to calculate each nursing home's rating on its Five Star Quality Rating System.
The CMS says that the partnership "seeks to optimize quality of life for residents in America's nursing homes by improving comprehensive approaches to the psychological and behavioral health needs of all residents, especially those with dementia."

Ultimate goal: emphasis on person-centered care
The CMS adds that, while they're initially interested in reducing the use of antipsychotic medications, "the overall goal is to create environments that support person-centered care for individuals living with dementia."
"Creating a Culture of Person-Directed Dementia Care" is their overall project goal. The CMS describes it as supporting "the continued reduction of antipsychotic medications through person-directed care practices that redefine perceptions of and approaches to dementia care."
The CMS says that it is especially targeting nursing homes that have high rates of antipsychotic medication use. They also said their nursing home surveyor activities will be changed and improved according to their findings.

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