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National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes

This provides guidance on National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes.


Issued by: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)


The CMS is partnering with federal and state agencies, nursing homes, other providers, advocacy groups, and caregivers to improve comprehensive dementia care.  CMS and its partners are committed to finding new ways to implement practices that enhance the quality of life for people with dementia, protect them from substandard care and promote goal-directed, person-centered care for every nursing home resident.  The Partnership promotes a multidimensional approach that includes public reporting, state-based coalitions, research, training, and revised surveyor guidance.   

What's New?
Since the launch of the National Partnership, significant reductions in the prevalence of antipsychotic medication use in long-stay nursing home residents have been documented.  The National Partnership continues to work with state coalitions and nursing homes to reduce that rate even further. Recently, CMS announced a new national goal, involving a 15 percent reduction of antipsychotic medication use by the end of 2019 for long-stay residents in those homes with currently limited reduction rates.  This goal builds on the progress made to date and expresses the Partnership’s commitment to continue this important effort.  

While the initial focus was on reducing the use of antipsychotic medications, the Partnership’s larger mission is to enhance the use of non-pharmacologic approaches and person-centered dementia care practices.

Additional information about the National Partnership can be found by visiting the download files listed below. Questions may be directed to


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