According to the report, surveyed physicians are highly concerned about Medicare's decision to reduce reimbursement of the costs of treating certain HAIs. Following the implementation of the new initiative in the
"Physicians we surveyed are concerned about the lack of Medicare reimbursement for vascular catheter-associated infections," said Danielle Drayton, PhD, director at Decision Resources. "Many physicians indicate these changes will prompt them to increase their prescribing of carbapenems and anti-MRSA therapies, most notably Cubist's Cubicin and Pfizer's Zyvox."
The report finds that, in the wake the Medicare HAC Initiative, infectious disease and critical specialists expect to rely more heavily on antibiotics in some form (e.g., prophylaxis, empiric use) to prevent and manage the treatment of hospital acquired infections. Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee members, however, expect greater emphasis on antibiotic oversight and cost-effectiveness.
“Hospital Anti-Infectives: Insights on the Impact of Medicare Reforms, Formulary Inclusion, and Uptake of Novel Antibiotics and Antifungals” is based on a U.S. survey of 50 infectious disease specialists, 51 critical care specialists, and 22 infectious disease specialists who are also Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee members of their hospital. Their responses were compared to assess similarities and differences of opinion regarding clinical, economic, and scientific factors.
Source: Decision Resources, Inc.