Apparently Medicaid is now requiring all nursing homes to return "left over" medications:
CMS has ordered state Medicaid programs to require nursing homes to return unused medications to pharmacies and to ensure Medicaid is repaid for unused treatments when nursing home patients die, are discharged or have their prescriptions changed, according to a March 22 letter, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. In the letter, Dennis Smith, director of the Center for Medicaid and State Operations at CMS, also wrote that state Medicaid programs should limit the amount of medications provided to nursing homes at one time to "help to curtail prescription drug waste."
It's not that anything is particularly wrong with with this program, but honestly, this is how we're going to cut back on waste in health care? By ordering nursing homes to return medications?
How much money will this actually save anyways? Particularly once you factor in the administrative costs of such a program.
It's just such a backward way of controlling costs. Random comparison: my home state of Kansas recently legalized concealed weapons. Some advocates claim that concealed weapons actually make people safer because "criminals" will be less likely to draw guns or use force because the person they're trying to rob/kill might have a concealed weapon. Well, I guess on some weird planet that logic makes sense. But not compared to simply much tighter gun control laws to get guns out of people's hands, period.