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Long-term care facilities have reduced antipsychotic medication use by more than 15% through a large-scale initiative, according to a new report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. That means it's time to set a more ambitious goal, a subgroup says.


Colorado long term care facilities showed a marked improvement from 19.8% in the 2nd Quarter of 2011 to 16.4% in the 4th quarter of 2013, placing 11th nationally.


The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes was formally launched in 2012, with the primary goal of reducing the prevalence of antipsychotic prescribing for dementia care by 15% within a year. The initiative joined public and private organizations that educated providers and offered resources to help them transition residents off of antipsychotics.



While it took longer than a year to achieve the sought after reduction, the goal was met in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to an interim CMS report released April 11, 2014.


Specifically, the national prevalence of antipsychotic use among long-stay nursing home residents has decreased 15.1% from the fourth quarter of 2011, the report states. The overall antipsychotic prescribing rate for this population was 20.2% in the fourth quarter of 2013.


The CMS numbers affirm a “progressive decline” in antipsychotic use. The fact that every state achieved a decline is notable and suggests that this may now lead to continued progress where person-centered care should continue to thrive.


American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living President and CEO Mark Parkinson emphasized that while this is a "moment to celebrate," improving care quality remains the "constant focus" of the organization. AHCA undefined  the largest long-term care provider association in the nation undefined was "proud to partner with CMS" on the initiative, he added.


"Skilled nursing centers around the country should be applauded for this milestone achievement and take solace in the lives they have forever changed," Parkinson said .


Now that its initial goal has been realized, CMS will set a new one for 2014,
according to the report. Some states already have set ambitious objectives.



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The Colorado General Assembly is moving full steam ahead into its third month and the Colorado Health Care Association and Center for Assisted Living is actively following bills that impact emergency management, worker’s compensation, Medicaid expansion and crimes against at-risk elders.

Rep. Paul Rosenthal, House District 9, presented Janet Snipes, Administrator, Holly Heights Nursing Center with a Circle of Safety Award from Pinnacol Assurance in the state capital recently.

The award is given to businesses that have met stringent safety standards for the past four years. Less than one percent of the 55,000 employers in Colorado qualify for this award. Congratulations Janet and the Holly Heights team!

Remember, the CHCA/CCAL Legislative Reception is only a few weeks away.  This is an excellent opportunity to network informally with your legislators in a social atmosphere and invite them to your facility to see first-hand what goes on in long term care communities. Download the Public Relation Committee’s “Tips for Hosting A Legislative Visit” from the CHCA website

The reception will be held Thursday, March 20, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Warwick Hotel, 1776 Grant Street, Denver, CO.

CHCA has delivered invitations to all legislators, but please follow-up by calling your legislator today and personally invite them to attend.





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Need Help Navigating New Colorado Health Exchange?


As you know there is a lot of focus on the challenges at the Federal level with the website for the Affordable Care Act.  Colorado however, did not choose to participate in the federal exchange and instead Colorado through legislation  created our own exchange that is managed at the State level.  Connect for Health Colorado gave CHCA a grant to assist our member's staff to navigate the State website and find what insurance policy and subsidies are available.


Jalene Maestas ( and Lauren Waszak (lwaszak@cohca.orgwork for the CHCA/CCAL as Health Benefit Guides and are available to our members at no cost to help your staff with navigating and answering the questions that come up regarding this federal mandate for health insurance. If they contact you regarding setting a time to discuss with you and your staff insurance subsidy availabilities, please do your best to invite them to you facility or business. We are doing this to make your job easier and your staff's ability to comply with the federal requirement easier.

This is a benefit that is available to our nursing care facility, assisted living facilities and our Associate Members. If you have questions you can email either Jalene or Lauren at the links I have include after their names.


Please help us help you -- Contact them today.





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24 Apr 2014 9:00 AM • CHCA Training Center (225 E. 16th Avenue, #1100, Denver, CO - 303-861-8228)
29 Apr 2014 9:00 AM • The Pueblo Convention Center (320 Central Main Street, Pueblo CO)
30 Apr 2014 9:00 AM • The Warwick Hotel (1776 Grant Avenue, Denver, CO )
01 May 2014 9:00 AM • CoHCA Training Center (225 E. 16th Avenue, #1100, Denver CO) 303-861-8228
06 May 2014 8:00 AM • CoHCA Training Center (225 E. 16th Avenue, #1100, Denver CO) 303-861-8228
08 May 2014 9:00 AM • CHCA Training Center (225 E. 16th Avenue, #1100, Denver, CO - 303-861-8228)
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20 May 2014 • Park Hyatt Beaver Creek (136 E. Thomas Place Avon, CO 81620) (970) 949-1234
30 May 2014 9:00 AM • CHCA/CCAL Training Center (225 E. 16th Avenue, #1100, Denver CO) 303-861-8228
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