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Capitation Is Viewed as Pharmacy's New Friend

Magazine article Drug Topics

Capitation Is Viewed as Pharmacy's New Friend

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The rush to managed care capitated plans will be a boon to pharmacists who will be paid for the pharmaceutical care required to help patients get well and keep them well, predicted a prominent practitioner.

Pharmacists should view capitation as an opportunity, said Calvin Knowlton, president of Amherst Pharmacy & Health Education Center, Lumberton, N.J. Under capitated plans, providers contract to get paid a set amount per patient per month. The less patients consume health-care services, the more money there is left over for the providers. The incentive for pharmacists shifts from filling more and more Rxs to focusing on what's best for the patient, without regard to dispensing a drug.

"Under capitation, the incentives are totally different," said Knowlton. "We used to go home and talk about how many prescriptions we filled. Now I am concerned, especially when I dispense a beta sub 2 agonist spray, that patients are doing it right and it's not going in their ear, because if it's going in their ear, they're going to use four canisters a month. …

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