A reactive approach to psych meds leaves your residents and your facility vulnerable.
Anti-psychotics: Are you above the national CMS average?
Diagnoses: Do you have residents on
anti-psychotic medications who do not have the proper diagnosis to justify prescribing that medication?
Charting: Do you have hidden survey landmines in your documentation? For example, justifying the use of anti-psychotics “for sleep.”
Safety: Do you have someone to follow your residents frequently to ensure medication changes are safe and effective?
Duplicate Therapy: Do you have residents taking multiple anti-depressants?
Behaviors: Do you struggle with behavioral issues?
They can even conduct psych-specific surveys. Do you have a team of psychiatric experts to lean on in survey situations?
Neither PCPs nor FNPs are typically trained on psychotropic medications. Do your residents have access to mental health experts?
Any resident currently on
or any other psychotropic medication
Any resident showing signs or symptoms of difficulty in adjustment, depression, anxiety, withdrawal, delusions, halluincations, paranoia, etc.
Any resident exhibiting behavioral issues.