Short-cycle drug dispensing in LTC facilities will increase Medicare costs, report states

Share this article:

Short-cycle medication dispensing in long-term care facilities will increase costs for the Medicare program, according to a new report from a pharmacy group.

The costs associated with unused Medicare Part D-covered prescription drugs, dispensed in skilled nursing facilities, represents about 2.9% of total dispensed value of all prescriptions, or $125 million annually, according “Measurement of Unused Medication in Medicare D Residents in Skilled Nursing Facilities.” This study was conducted by Managed Solutions LLC and published in The Consultant Pharmacist, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists.

Under the Affordable Care Act, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will require SNFs to report unused drugs to Medicare Part D sponsors starting Jan. 1, 2013. Long-term care pharmacists have pushed back on the rule, saying that moving from traditional 30-day fills to shorter fill times will increase costs, not provide savings. 

To read the study can be read click here.

Share this article:

More in News

MedPAC discusses limiting patients' post-acute options

MedPAC discusses limiting patients' post-acute options

Medicare rules might have to be relaxed to give hospitals more say in where patients go for post-acute care, members of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission proposed at a recent ...

Nursing home workers told not to touch residents due to Ebola concerns

U.S. nursing home workers who hail from West Africa are being stigmatized as potential Ebola carriers and forbidden from touching residents, according to IRIN, an independent news service launched by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Former office manager charged with embezzling half a million dollars from residents

The former business office manager of a Michigan nursing home has been charged with embezzling more than $460,000 from the resident trust fund, the state's attorney general announced last Thursday.