Government Sets Goals For Nursing Homes To Reduce Use Of Antipsychotic Drugs

The government is cracking down on nursing homes and the use of antipsychotic drugs to control the behavior of their patients. A goal has been set to require the homes to reduce their use by 25% by the year 2016 and 30% by the year 2017. The nursing homes are agreeing to the requirement at this point.

"We know that many of the diagnoses in nursing home residents do not merit antipsychotics, but they were being used anyway," said the chief medical officer with Medicare and Medicaid, in a statement. For more, read the story.
Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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