Examining the impact of Part D on nursing home residents

Nicole Hudson
Findings Brief: Health Care Financing & Organization 2010, 13 (4): 1-3
Key findings. (1) Even though 81 percent of eligible nursing home residents enrolled in Part D within the first year, they demonstrated no evidence of expanded drug coverage. (2) Medicare Part D lowered the out-of-pocket drug costs of nursing home residents by less than the amount in the community setting. (3) Nursing home residents who did not enroll in Part D exhibited characteristics of vulnerability: oldest-old, highest disease burden, and no previous drug coverage. (4) Disruptions in prescription drug use occurred after implementation of Part D.

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