Meds-by-mail for Florida’s sickest patients?by Dara Kam | April 20th, 2010
A last-minute amendment on a sweeping health care provider bill would require Florida’s sickest Medicaid patients – those getting five or more prescriptions – to receive their drugs only by mail.
Opponents of the proposal, up for consideration this afternoon in Senate Ways and Means Committee, object that the change could harm Alzheimer’s patients, AIDS patients and others who need pharmacists to help them manage their medication.
It’s part of an ongoing battle between doctors and pharmacists over who gets to dispense drugs.
The meds-by-mail plan is being pushed by Prestige Health Choice, a physician-owned HMO that is participating in a Medicaid pilot project.