The cost of prescription drugs bought for Medicare beneficiaries reached $81.7 billion in 2007, with approximately 23% of those purchases ($18.6 billion) attributed to metabolic drugs.
The Patient Self-Determination Act of 1990 is a critical piece of legislation that has had a profound effect on healthcare facilities. It allows patients, including residents in long-term care facilities, to play an active role in their care and treatment.
On March 1, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) sent its semi-annual Medicare Payment Policy report to Congress. The 381-page document, which is issued in March and June, includes chapters on hospice, SNF, home health, inpatient rehabilitation, and long-term care hospital services.
The use of antipsychotic drugs, also known as psychotropics, appears to be very excessive in many nursing homes across the country, according to data collected by CMS and analyzed by The Boston Globe.