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January 2015 Excerpt


Benzodiazepine prescriptions higher in older adults

In December 2014, the National Institute for Mental Health released a study showing that older adults are more likely to receive prescriptions for benzodiazepines (sedative and anti-anxiety medications), despite known risks to this population.

Nursing homes have a substantial opportunity to lead the healthcare industry in reducing misuse of benzodiazepines in elders—and as we work together to decrease anti-psychotic use, to continue promoting person-centered care as the standard to behavior management.


If your New Year's Resolution is to improve quality in your nursing home, we can help!

Join nursing homes across Idaho and Washington in the upcoming Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative. The time to join is now!

Qualis Health and our faculty partners (including nationwide experts and your high-performing peers) will help participants implement best practices, use data to monitor progress, and collaborate with all levels of staff—throughout your own nursing home and across both states.

Focus Measures

The NHQCC is specifically designed to support participants in:

  • Eliminating healthcare-acquired conditions
  • Attaining a score of six or better on the Nursing Home Quality Composite Measure Improving long-stay residents' mobility
  • Reducing the use of unnecessary antipsychotic medication in dementia residents
  • Preventing avoidable hospitalization of short-stay residents

However, there's no need to put aside your nursing home's current priorities to tackle a completely different issue in the NHQCC. We teach process improvement and data analysis skills that will help you meet your own goals.

For more information, download this two-page overview or contact your Qualis Health quality improvement consultant.