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National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes
Dementia Care in Nursing Homes

CMS has developed a national partnership to improve the quality of care provided to individuals with dementia living in nursing homes. This partnership is focused on delivering health care that is person-centered, comprehensive, and interdisciplinary. By improving dementia care through the use of individualized, person-centered care approaches, CMS hopes to continue to reduce the use of unnecessary antipsychotic medications in nursing homes and eventually other care settings as well. The partnership promotes a systematic process to evaluate each person and identify approaches that are most likely to benefit that individual. While antipsychotic medications are the initial focus of the partnership, CMS recognizes that attention to other potentially harmful medications is also an important part of this initiative.

During this MLN Connects Call, CMS subject matter experts provide a brief overview of the progress that has been made so far during the implementation of this national partnership. Additional speakers present on the CMS Hand in Hand training series. A question and answer session follows the presentation.

When: Monday, November 25, 2013

Time:   2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern Time

Target Audience: Consumer and advocacy groups, nursing home providers, surveyor community, prescribers, professional associations, and other interested stakeholders


  • National partnership overview
  • Using Hand in Hand to improve dementia care
  • Closing and next steps
  • Question and answer session

Call Materials:

Slide Presentation

Ask the Director of Nursing (DON) [PDF, 28KB]

Audio Recording [ZIP, 18MB]

Written Transcript [PDF, 478KB]

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For More Information:
For more information, please visit the following websites: Advancing Excellence and Hand in Hand