Actually, each state has different rules and regulations for many items, including in-office dispensing. We understand that you need to make the right decision for your practice, based on local requirements, as well as Stark regulations.
What we do know is that most states do allow physician dispensing, while some even allow practices to create a physician-owned retail pharmacy. In fact, we’ve encountered only a limited number of locations where in-office dispensing is completely restricted due to state regulations. To find out if your state allows in office dispensing please contact us.
Change can be challenging for any new project and in-office dispensing isn’t any different. The thing to remember is our dispensing process is not like other dispensing programs in the industry. Smart Rx Systems is the first to develop a fully automated medication dispensing kiosk which has the capability to store 225 different types of medications and can dispense over 21,000 prescriptions. The Smart PharmAssist™ Kiosk is designed to provide all the services a traditional pharmacy can provide including patient counseling by a licensed pharmacist.
In fact, customers have openly told us that The Smart PharmAssist™ Kiosk has made their in-office dispensing program very successful and easy to implement. The more important requirement is commitment to educating and offering patients the new in-office prescription filling service.
The Smart PharmAssist™ dispensing system is actually very easy to use. It was originally designed for small, independent pharmacies – those without a large team working behind the counter, and where multi-tasking is a common occurrence. The Smart PharmAssist™ Kiosk runs on Windows and is intuitive and easy to use. In our experience, most practices are up-and-running and adjudicating claims within the first day of installation.
That’s partially true, you do get hardware. But it’s not extraordinarily expensive. The combined monthly costs to lease The Smart PharmAssist™ dispensing system and have Smart Rx Systems operate the kiosk for you are very little to the additional revenue you will generate with in-office dispensing. When you consider the opportunity for increased patient care and a diversified revenue stream, it’s likely the expenses aren’t as high as perceived.
Actually, Smart Rx Systems sees in-office dispensing as another opportunity to strengthen your business as well as its partnerships with its customers. In fact, each piece of the solution – The Smart PharmAssist™ dispensing system, the Smart Rx Management™ System, payer contracting, the medication therapy management service and patient education service, etc – are all serviced provided by Smart Rx Systems.
We feel we are demonstrating our breadth of service and commitment to community by providing you with the tools for a successful in-office dispensing program.
Based on the above, we challenge you to think about in-office dispensing in a different light. We don’t think you should be asking yourself “can we do in-office dispensing?” but instead “why aren’t we already doing in-office dispensing?” or perhaps even “how do we start?”