Physician Dispensed RX’s
The astounding statistics on physician dispensed RX’s.The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) released a major 24 state report on physician dispensing. There are a few articles on this blog where the WCRI performed individual state studies. Use WCRI in the search box to find them.
The recently released 24 state report produced some very astounding facts that may have flown under the radar for quite some time. Some of the states that are mentioned in this article have actually instituted stricter guidelines on physician dispensed medications.
A few statistics that stood out are:
- Maryland, Illinois, Florida and California each had over 40% of the prescriptions filled by a physician.
- California, Maryland, Illinois, and Florida all had over 40% of prescription payments made to physicians
- Since 2010 the state with the largest reduction in physician dispensing was Georgia with a 7% reduction. Maryland had the highest growth at 4% in the same time period
- 10% of all Oxycodone was dispensed by physicians in Wisconsin
- 27% of all ibuprofen was dispensed by physicians in Michigan
- Physician dispensing is not allowed in New York, Texas, and Massachusetts
- Nine states (CA, IL, FL, CT, GA, IN, MI, SC, and TN) have enacted or will enact stricter guidelines on physician dispensing
- Hawaii, Pennsylvania, and Maryland have done nothing to regulate this practice.
- There were other states not included in the study that have passed legislation to limit physician dispensing.
You may follow the link at the beginning of the article to read the abstract on the study.
Article provided by James J Moore, AIC, MBA, ChFC, ARM. All articles are original content. Check out the full website at www.cutcompcosts.com.