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Technology Can Help R.Ph.S Provide, Be Paid for Services

Magazine article Drug Topics

Technology Can Help R.Ph.S Provide, Be Paid for Services

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Need some real-world advice about practice innovations and getting paid for providing them? Check out the Internet and the Web site of Alabama's Auburn University School of Pharmacy, advised William G. Felkey, who teaches there.

Click on to http://www.auburn.edu/ pcs.html for "at least six and a half hours of viewing," Felkey said during an educational session at the NCPA (nee NARD) annual meeting in New Orleans last month. "We have a database of over 300 practitioners who are getting paid for pharmacy services." There's one in the Midwest, for example, who charges $500 for a nutritional assessment, and there's also a certified diabetes educator who bills $250 for an initial visit.

The site has an "innovation menu" of 28 items, starting with Addiction and Alternative medicine and ending with Women's health and Workers' compensation. Auburn pharmacy students, Felkey said, interviewed the innovative practitioners to find out what special pharmacy services they are providing; what they are using for billing codes; what forms and software they are using; what they are charging; what training they have taken; and who is paying for what. …

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