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Current trends in outpatient pharmacy services and billing.

Beatty, Stuart J; McCormick, Kelly M; Beale, David J; Bruggeman, Athena M; Rodis, Jennifer L; Mehta, Bella H; Bennett, Marialice S.
J Am Pharm Assoc (2003); 52(2): 154-60, 2012.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-22370377

OBJECTIVES:

To provide a summary of community and ambulatory pharmacy practices and billing patterns for medication therapy management (MTM) services and to identify reasons pharmacists report not billing for direct patient care services.

DESIGN:

Cross-sectional study.

SETTING:

United States, February 2011.

PARTICIPANTS:

Members of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Ambulatory Care Practice and Research Network, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Ambulatory and Chronic Care Practitioners, and American Pharmacists Association MTM e-community. INTERVENTION Online survey. MAIN OUTCOME

MEASURES:

Practice setting, pharmacy services performed, billing technique, and payer, as well as reasons for not billing.

RESULTS:

MTM services were provided by 287 pharmacists. The most common practice settings included physician office (23.6%), health-system outpatient facility (21.7%), and community pharmacy (20.2%). A total of 149 of 276 pharmacists (54.0%) reported billing for MTM services; 16 of 276 (5.8%) did not know if they were currently billing. Community pharmacists were more likely to bill than all other sites combined (80.5% vs. 53.1%, P < 0.001), and pharmacists with >75% of visits face-to-face were more likely to bill (66.2% vs. 46.6%, P < 0.002).

CONCLUSION:

A variety of MTM services are provided in outpatient settings with inconsistent billing techniques and reimbursement. Pharmacists should continue to work toward consistent, sustainable reimbursement to expand MTM services.
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