As high-acuity Medicare beneficiaries continue to shift towards at-home care, the need to access LTC pharmacy at-home services is growing. These services reduce adverse drug events, decrease emergency department visits, curb costs, and enable beneficiaries to access care outside of a facility setting. Today, the Alliance for Long-Term Care Pharmacy at Home is acting upon its mission to care for this population in the release of two new policy documents outlining a federal approach to supporting whole-person care to those who need it most.
These two new documents include:
Current gaps in authorities and adverse incentives limit access to LTC pharmacy at-home services. Therefore, the Alliance is seeking modest policy changes that will access to care and improve Medicare beneficiaries' overall health status. As experts delivering pharmacy services in skilled facilities, the community, and in homes, Alliance members understand which individuals are most likely to benefit from this enhanced level of care, resulting in better health care outcomes and lower health care spending.