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Financial implications of pharmacist-led Medicare annual wellness visits.

Park, Irene; Sutherland, Susan E; Ray, Lisa; Wilson, Courtenay Gilmore.
J Am Pharm Assoc (2003); 54(4): 435-40, 2014.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | Jul 2014 | ID: mdl-25063264
Resumo: OBJECTIVE: To determine if pharmacist-led Medicare Annual Wellness Visits (AWVs) are a feasible mechanism to financially support a pharmacist position in physicians' offices. SETTING: Large, teaching, ambulatory clinic in North Carolina. PRACTICE DESCRIPTION: The Mountain Area Health Education Family Health Center is a family medicine practice that houses a large medical residency program. The Department of Pharmacotherapy comprises five pharmacists and two pharmacy residents providing direct patient care. PRACTICE INNOVATION: In April 2012, pharmacists began conducting Medicare AWVs for patients referred by their primary care physicians within the practice. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Visit reimbursement, annual revenue, number of patients who must be seen to cover the cost of a pharmacist's salary. RESULTS: A small practice requires all eligible Medicare patients to complete an AWV to generate enough revenue to support a new pharmacist position. A medium-sized practice requires a 54% utilization rate, and a large practice requires an 18% utilization rate. Two additional AWVs per half-day of clinic are needed to support an existing pharmacotherapy clinic. A total of 1,070 AWVs per year are required to support a pharmacist's salary, regardless of practice size. CONCLUSIONS: AWV reimbursement may significantly contribute to supporting the cost of a pharmacist, particularly in medium- to large-sized practices. In larger practices, enough revenue can be generated to support the cost of multiple pharmacists.