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J Am Pharm Assoc (Wash). 1999 Jan-Feb;39(1):50-64; quiz 101-2.

Billing third party payers for pharmaceutical care services.

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College of Pharmacy, University of Georgia, Athens, USA.



To describe the steps pharmacists must complete when seeking compensation from third party payers for pharmaceutical care services.


Government publications; professional publications, including manuals and newsletters; authors' personal experience.


Pharmacists in increasing numbers are meeting with success in getting reimbursed by third party payers for patient care activities. However, many pharmacists remain reluctant to seek compensation because they do not understand the steps involved. Preparatory steps include obtaining a provider/supplier number, procuring appropriate claim forms, developing data collection and documentation systems, establishing professional fees, creating a marketing plan, and developing an accounting system. To bill for specific patient care services, pharmacists need to collect the patient's insurance information, obtain a statement of medical necessity from the patient's physician, complete the appropriate claim form accurately, and submit the claim with supporting documentation to the insurer. Although many claims from pharmacists are rejected initially, pharmacists who work with third party payers to understand the reasons for denial of payment often receive compensation when claims are resubmitted.


Pharmacists who follow these guidelines for billing third party payers for pharmaceutical care services should notice an increase in the number of paid claims.

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