Researchers estimated the utilization pattern and expenditures for drug spending in long term care facilities by Medicare eligibility status and coverage source, as well as by type of facility. This was done using the 1998-2001 Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey Cost and Use Files.
The top 10 therapeutic categories accounted for approximately three-quarters of all spending for prescription drugs in long-term care facilities. Psychotherapeutic agents were the most commonly prescribed class of drugs and the most expensive. Other classes of high utilization drugs included gastrointestinal agents, autonomic agents, cardiovascular drugs and central nervous system drugs. The average annual growth in prescription drug spending across all long-term care facilities was almost 12 percent for each of the three years.
Report Title: National Estimates of Prescription Drug Utilization and Expenditures in Long-Term Care Facilities, http://aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/reports/2006/pdnatest.htm
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