Early Impact of South Carolina Reforms on Physician Dispensing

By Dongchun Wang, Vennela Thumula, Te-Chun Liu

November 1, 2014 Related Topics: Physician Dispensing, Prescription Drugs and Opioids

In many states across the country, policymakers are debating whether doctors should be paid significantly more than pharmacies for dispensing the same drug. Policymakers in South Carolina adopted new rules, effective December 19, 2011, which helped to narrow the price difference in post-reform South Carolina.

This study examines the effects of changes to the rules governing reimbursement to South Carolina physicians for prescriptions that they both write and dispense. South Carolina is one of 18 states that have made significant changes to such reimbursement rules in the past 10 years, motivated by concerns about the higher costs of physician dispensing.

The data used in this analysis of South Carolina’s pharmacy fee schedule reform came from payors in South Carolina that represented 47 percent of all medical claims in the state workers’ compensation system. It covers the time period from 2011 to the first quarter of 2013.

Early Impact of South Carolina Reforms on Physician Dispensing. Dongchun Wang, Vennela Thumula, and Te-Chun Liu. November 2014. WC-14-54

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