Performance-based pharmacy payment models: the case for change.

Performance-based pharmacy payment models: the case for change. Aust Health Rev. 2019 Sep 11;: Authors: Jackson J, Urick B Abstract In response to rising healthcare costs, healthcare payers across the globe have been experimenting with performance-based payment models that link payments to providers with the quality of care that they provide. Community pharmacy in Australia has yet to be significantly affected by these changes. Initial steps have been taken to fund quality-linked interventions by pharmacists, such as the provision of medicines in dose administration aids, but funding for dispensing prescriptions remains solely based on a fee-for-service model. At the foundation of any performance-based payment model are measures that, in aggregate, reflect the quality of care that is provided. Patient adherence to prescription regimens can be correlated with the counselling provided by pharmacists and, as such, can serve as the measure on which a performance-based payment model for dispensing can be constructed. Experience in the US suggests per-prescription payments to a pharmacy can be increased or decreased by a small, yet meaningful, amount based on a measure of the level of adherence of patients of the pharmacy. The current dispensing payment model in the Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme may be able to be modified in a similar manner to support provision by pharmacists of improved quality of care.What is known about the topic?Dispensing in ...
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