Long-term Care Pharmacies
There is a greater interest in moving patients from SNFs to in-home care with an emphasis on reducing costs and keeping patients healthy once they're home. These changes have a profound impact on hospitals, SNFs and the pharmacies serving these patients across the continuum, and require greater levels of care coordination.
Nearly 500 long-term care pharmacies signed a letter urging Congress to prohibit certain Medicare reimbursement practices, the Senior Care Pharmacy Alliance announced Thursday.
A bill proposed in the House of Representatives would increase oversight of compounding pharmacies, which long-term care operators and other healthcare stakeholders called for after last year's deadly outbreak of meningitis was traced to a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts.
The proliferation of managed care is introducing a host of new challenges for long-term care providers. Pressures have never been greater to increase quality and lower costs. Successful strategies entail excellent drug utilization and avoiding undue waste. Experts advise here how to do it best.