In-Depth Review of Nursing Home Citations Related to the Use of Antipsychotic Drugs
The potentially inappropriate use of antipsychotic drugs among nursing home residents remains concerning despite efforts to decrease their use over the last decade. Antipsychotic drugs were developed to treat schizophrenia—a serious mental disorder that is generally diagnosed before the age of 30. These powerful drugs are known to have severe side effects, particularly among elderly individuals with dementia. In 2008, the Food and Drug Administration issued a boxed warning against the use of all antipsychotic drugs among elderly individuals with dementia because of the increased risk of death. OIG has raised concerns about the high use of antipsychotic drugs among nursing home residents. In response, CMS took steps to discourage the use of these drugs by, for example, developing publicly reported quality measures related to the use of antipsychotic drugs among nursing home residents. More recently, OIG has raised concerns about the potential falsification of schizophrenia diagnoses to make the use of antipsychotic drugs appear appropriate and avoid Federal attention. We will conduct an in-depth review of survey reports to: (1) examine the nature of nursing home citations related to the use of antipsychotic drugs and (2) identify vulnerabilities that contribute to the inappropriate use of these drugs.
|Announced or Revised||Agency||Title||Component||Report Number(s)||Expected Issue Date (FY)|
|February 2023||Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services||In-Depth Review of Nursing Home Citations Related to the Use of Antipsychotic Drugs||Office of Evaluation and Inspections||OEI-02-23-00200||2024|