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Assessing Trends Related to the Use of Psychotropic Drugs in Nursing Homes

Previous OIG work found that elderly nursing home residents who were prescribed antipsychotic drugs—a type of psychotropic drug—were at risk for harm. CMS concurred with some OIG recommendations and developed new initiatives. However, policymakers continue to raise concerns about whether CMS has made sufficient progress in reducing the use of antipsychotic drugs to care for the elderly. We will report the changes over time for the following: (1) the use of psychotropic drugs for elderly nursing home residents; (2) citations and civil monetary penalties assessed to nursing homes regarding psychotropic drugs; and (3) the presence of diagnoses that exclude nursing home residents from CMS's measure of the use of antipsychotic drugs.

Announced or Revised Agency Title Component Report Number(s) Expected Issue Date (FY)
July 2020 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Assessing Trends Related to the Use of Psychotropic Drugs in Nursing Homes Office of Evaluation and Inspections OEI-07-20-00500 2021