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Pharmacy and Practice Same Roof

Discussion in 'Med Business [ MD/MBA, DO/MBA, DDS/MBA ]' started by Joat, Oct 17, 2016.

  1. Joat

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    Just curious
    Why aren't there healthcare practices that include both physicians and pharmacists under the same roof, of course on a smaller scale than a hospital. Like having the actual practice upstairs and the pharmacy downstairs. Prescriptions could be filled same day, 15 minutes after an appointment or even during the appointment, and the prescribers and pharmacists could have face to face contact. I understand that independent pharmacies are having more difficulty obtaining reimbursement but surely this could be overcome being the designated pharmacy for the practice.

    I'm positive I'm not the first one who's thought of this but it seems like a net benefit to patient care and would result in greater margins if one were to own the practice and the pharmacy. So what am I missing? There has to be some reason this doesn't exist. Is there a law prohibiting owning both a practice and a pharmacy as a conflict of interest?
     
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  3. lord999

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  4. mercerpharmacist

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  5. zeloc

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    I have seen a number of them, they do exist.
     
  6. Blizzard1mage

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    In most instances of a pharmacy being co-located in a physician office, the pharmacy tends to be neglected. It's great for the physicians' patients who can pick up their meds right there. But you typically don't get outside patients coming into the pharmacy. That being said, there are advantages too, e.g., you can do incident-to billing for many pharmacist services performed "on behalf of" the physician.
     
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  7. FamilymedMD

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    Most physicians don't realize that we can dispense medications in most states. Lots of Direct Primary Care (DPC) practices have picked up on this and we routinely order and dispense meds in the office. With the pricing for many meds all over the place, lots of our patients save quite a bit on meds via us. We charge a small markup over the wholesale cost to cover the minimal employee time involved. If a med is cheaper or about the same price locally (including via goodrx.com, etc) then we encourage them to use the pharmacy.

    In-house Dispensing for Your Practice | Physicians Practice
     
  8. eeyore spice

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    Well, hot damn, this is exactly what my partner has been pushing me to do, not so much an under-one-roof deal but a pharmacy with associated prescribers, maybe an urgent care clinic? I can see how kickback issues would arise, but more communication between a patient's prescriber and their pharmacist would solve SO many headaches inherent to retail pharmacy.
     

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