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Antipsychotic Drugs: See the March 29 CMS Webinar

by Published On: Mar 09, 2012Updated On: Mar 30, 2012

On March 29, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a new initiative aimed at improving behavioral health and safeguarding nursing home residents from unnecessary antipsychotic drug use. CMS launched this new initiative with a 1-hour video streaming event.  

As part of the initiative, CMS developed a national action plan that will use a multidimensional approach including: 

  • Public reporting.
  • Raising public awareness.
  • Regulatory oversight.
  • Ttechnical assistance/training and research. 

The action plan is targeted at enhancing person-centered care for nursing home residents, particularly those with dementia-related behaviors.  

LeadingAge's senior vice president for public policy and advocacy, Dr. Cheryl Phillips, is a member of the CMS technical expert panel and has been working closely with the agency regarding the content of this initiative.    

Video-streaming information  

This program will be available for viewing up to one year following March 29, 2012, at  

This event is open to the public.  

Goals for the video-streaming event                 

CMS will provide an overview of the national initiative, resources for technical assistance, and plans for upcoming educational offerings on this topic. 


Handouts for this broadcast are available at:


Join the following experts in the introduction of this national initiative, discussion of behavioral health opportunities and the announcement of upcoming training sessions:   

  • Patrick Conway, M.D., M.Sc., chief medical officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and director of the Office of Clinical Standards and Quality.
  • Shari Ling, M.D., Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, deputy chief medical officer serving in the Office of Clinical Standards and Quality.
  • Alice Bonner, Ph.D., R.N., director for the division of nursing homes in the Office for Clinical Standards and Quality. 

Target Audience  

State Survey Agencies, residents and family members, nursing home staff, clinicians, providers, advocates, CMS Regional Offices, and others (Non-Mandatory)


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