Using the 2001 Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey and Medicare Part A skilled nursing facility claims, researchers compared use and spending for prescription and over the counter drugs during qualifying skilled nursing facility stays and for the longer term nursing home stays. Researchers compared drug utilization patterns between beneficiaries with a Medicare Part A qualifying stay in a skilled nursing facility and those with a non-qualifying nursing home stay.
Drug utilization rates were similar across the residential situations. Beneficiaries received 9.2 unique medications per person-month. Average prescription drugs costs were slightly higher for beneficiaries in a skilled nursing facility.
Report Title: Drug Use and Spending for Medicare Beneficiaries During Part A Qualifying Skilled Nursing Facility Stays and Non-Qualifying Long-Term Care Facility Stays, http://aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/reports/2007/druguse.htm
Agency Sponsor: ASPE-ODALTCP, Office of Disability, Aging, and Long-Term Care Policy
Federal Contact: Susan Polniaszek, 202-690-6443
Performer: University of Maryland, Baltimore
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