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New York Times Calls Out Resident Drugging Hidden by Phony Diagnoses

New York Times story has called out the growing use of fake schizophrenia diagnoses in nursing homes.  These fake diagnoses conceal the drugging of residents from the public via a shoddy “quality measure” used in the CMS 5-star ratings system.  Incredibly, doctors are not making antipsychotic prescriptions to suit a diagnosis, they are making diagnoses to suit a prescription.

The perverse incentives that drive this fantasy medicine are described in the story and have been a concern for several years.  Nonetheless, policymakers continue to do nothing and instead enable overdrugging by continuing to find thousands and thousands of instances of drug misuse to be “no harm.”