Long-Term Care Pharmacies are Essential in Supporting Individuals with LTC Needs, Regardless of Residence
While policymakers and thought leaders on Capitol Hill and across our nation continue to discuss bolstering home and community-based services, new original research and policy analysis identified barriers to long-term care (LTC) pharmacy services for Medicare beneficiaries living at home or in the community (“community-dwelling”). Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition’s (SCPC) and ATI Advisory’s (ATI) latest report illuminates key operational and policy barriers that are preventing access to LTC pharmacy services outside facility settings. This is despite the fact that 75 percent of Medicare beneficiaries with LTC needs, such as requiring help with bathing, dressing, or eating, are living at home or in the community.
LTC Pharmacies Want Better Clarity as Booster Shot Rollout Begins
After receiving a thumbs up from both the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier this month, the work now begins for long-term care pharmacies to administer COVID-19 booster shots for nursing home residents and staff.