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Slide Presentation from the AHRQ 2007 Annual Conference

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  • Opportunity to reduce cost and improve care are much greater due to the percentage of medication dollars spent on this population
    • High percentage of medication dollars are spent in by Seniors
      • According to the 2003 report released by Families USA, a Washington based consumer health organization, seniors represent 13 % of the total population and yet they account for about 34 % of all prescriptions dispensed and 42% of all prescription drug spending.*
    • Due to high acuity levels of typical residents many of the medications are more costly than the average ambulatory patient
    • Residents often do not participate in medication administration so responsibility of physician, facility and pharmacy is much greater
    • Reducing time spent in the prescribing process and the opportunity for errors can significantly increase overall quality of care

* Source: Compiled by PRIME Institute, University of Minn., for Families USA

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