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ASCP’s Senior Care Pharmacist Directory
You can help support safe and effective medication therapy management in the community by getting listed on ASCP’s Senior Care Pharmacist Directory. By listing your contact information, credentials, and skills in ASCP’s Senior Care Pharmacist Directory, consumers can call upon you to help with their medication needs. Learn more here.
National Partnership Meets Reduction Goal
The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care has announced that the goal of reducing the national prevalence of antipsychotic use in long-stay nursing home by 30% by the end of 2016 has been met, with some states and facilities showing much higher reductions. There remain some facilities that have not met reduction goals. These facilities are being asked to reduce usage an additional 15% by the end of 2019. Read more.
CMS Updated MDS 3.0 Manual
An updated MDS manual has been released by CMS, and goes into effect October 1. Of particular note to consultant pharmacists are the changes to Section N - Medications, which includes the addition of opioid monitoring, and a new antipsychotic section: Antipsychotic Medication Review (N-450) that assesses usage, including whether GDRs were attempted. Learn more.
Introducing SenioRx Solutions, a new suite of tools from ASCP tailored to enhancing entrepreneurial consultant pharmacists who want to be competitive in the future senior care landscape.
Now, more than ever, it is critical for consultant and senior care pharmacists to lead the way toward improving the use of antimicrobial medications in post-acute long-term care, skilled nursing facilities, and community settings. View ASCP's suite of tools designed to help you lead the charge towards implementing a successful antimicrobial stewardship program in your facilities. Learn more.
Phase 2 Interpretive Guidelines
CMS has released the Phase 2 Interpretive Guidelines for surveyors. More information, including the complete set of guidelines, an Ftag "crosswalk", and surveyor pathways, can be found on the ASCP website Nursing Facility Practice Resource Center (member login required). ASCP will host a webinar to clarify the Interpretive Guidelines and help answer your questions about implementing the changes.