A new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) showed that Georgia’s changes to the reimbursement rules for physician-dispensed drugs reduced the average price per pill paid by 25–40 percent for most of the drugs commonly dispensed by physicians. However, the post-reform prices paid for physician-dispensed drugs were still 20–40 percent higher than the prices paid to pharmacies for the same drug. The study, Impact of Physician Dispensing Reform in Georgia, 2nd Edition, is an update to the 2013 WCRI study that examined the early results of Georgia’s reform using pre- and post-reform data. With an additional year of data, the study found that there was little change in the prevalence of physician dispensing in the second post-reform period after an initial drop (from 36 percent pre-reform to 28 percent in the first post-reform period and 27 in the second post-reform period) while the share of drug costs for physician-dispensed prescriptions had another 5 percentage point decrease (from 49 percent to 34 and 29 percent, respectively).
Read the abstract and order the study from WCRI here.