Performance Improvement 2008. How Did Medicare Beneficiaries in Long-Term Care Facilities Use Drugs Compared to Community Residents Treated at the Same Time?


Researchers examined the drug use differences for Medicare beneficiaries depending on place of residence – in the community or in a long-term care facility. Differences existed in socio-demographic and drug utilization and costs by Medicare beneficiaries residing in long-term care facilities and those living in the community. Health status difference between people living in long-term care facilities and those living in the community resulted in differences the utilization and the cost of prescription drugs.

On average the disabled population in the community spent 12 percent more than a disabled person living in a facility, $2,444 for prescription drugs, compared to $2,775.

Report Title: A National Comparison of Prescription Drug Expenditures by Medicare Beneficiaries Living in the Community and Long-Term Care Facility Settings,
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
PIC ID: 8549.2

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