Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of a new report from WCRI that examines the impact of price-focused reforms on the frequency and costs of physician-dispensed prescriptions. The study compares the experience in post-reform states with states where there were no reforms or where only pre-reform experience was observed.
Key findings from the study included that physicians dispensed fewer prescriptions after price-focused physician dispensing reforms. However, as of 2014, physician dispensing was still common and represented a large share of prescription costs in several states. Reforms were found to have reduced prices for existing drug products, however physician prices increased for several drugs commonly used to treat injured workers in several post-reform states, as a result of frequent physician dispensing of higher-priced new drug products, with some able to bypass the reimbursement rules. The report also found evidence that recent reforms appeared to have a direct impact on physician dispensing patterns.
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