PHYSICIANS' DISPENSING PROGRAM

Physician Dispensing


Physicians not only have the right to dispense pharmaceuticals from the office, but it was commonplace until the explosive growth of drug development over the past few decades.

Up until the early 1970's a large number of physicians routinely dispensed common prescriptions from the office. Pharmacies largely served to do compounding and distribute specialty drugs.

Physician dispensing has reemerged and has had exponential growth over the past decade.

Why?


One of the primary reasons is, of course, the financial benefit to the practice, but patients have wholeheartedly embraced the option of getting their medication at the completion of the office visit. Over 70% of patients, when asked, preferred in-office dispensing.

It is surprising how many prescriptions are simply not filled.

Additionally, the hardship, especially for seniors, to get a prescription refilled has become obvious due to many reasons, not the least of which is transportation.

Go to any pharmacy and observe the people that are waiting; it is overwhelmingly made up of seniors and as we all know it can often take well over an hour to get a single prescription refilled.

PRACTICE BENEFIT


The average practice spends over $30,000 annually on labor costs associated with interaction with pharmacies.

This can be attributed to questions regarding insurance coverage, formulary compliance, drug interactions and legibility issues (it turns out they really can't read everyone's writing). Much of this cost is eliminated through in-office dispensing.

Additionally, practices are generating considerable revenue through dispensing a specific selection of commonly written medications.

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Dispensing Reimbursement


What kind of revenue can a practice generate?

It can vary greatly, but a physician can realize a substantial benefit (see your HMA representative for details). We offer dispensing reimbursements for patients from a variety of coverage sectors, including, Workers’ Compensation, Medicare Part D and most private health insurance carriers (HMO’s are excluded).

Your representative can provide a detailed analysis of the viability and revenue potential inherent to a specific practice based on patient population and current prescribing volume.

Remember, all revenues generated are for the act of dispensing and are not associated with treatment protocols.

The treatment protocol and selection of medications is entirely based on the physician’s discretion.