Physician Dispensing FAQ
What are the initial costs incurred when adding Physician Partner’s dispensing program into my practice?
Physician Partner offers an array of solutions for you to choose the one that best suits your practice’s needs. Our Workers’ Comp Managed Program consists of no out of pocket costs and we bill and collect claims on your behalf. Our Cash and Carry program was created with the flexibility to have an option to pay your invoices either by credit card or on terms thereby eliminating out of pocket expenses. Our web based Dispense System software is free of charge. No costs are incurred for shipping on orders that meet the minimum requirements.
Who is allowed to dispense medication?
Persons allowed to dispense is dependent on the individual state’s regulations. While every state has its own set of regulations; the following six states are where dispensing is restricted: Massachusetts, Montana, New York, Texas, Wyoming, and Utah. Dispensing is typically performed by the physician, physician assistant, registered nurse, or nurse practitioner. Generally, those allowed to dispense are licensed medical professionals.
Is dispensing time consuming?
Dispensing can be completed quickly and effortlessly with either one of our two record keeping systems. The entire process can be achieved in less than one minute with our Dispense System Software or our manual record system. Physician Partner has already prepackaged and labeled the medication so it is ready to dispense. Of the two options, our web based software is the most efficient. This allows the medication to be dispensed in only a few clicks.
How does your Dispense System Software work?
Once you have logged into PPDispense.com the process can be completed in the following steps: select the patient, select the medication to be dispensed, print the label and adhere it to the bottle. Physician Partner also offers a manual record keeping system that can be completed in a few simple steps: document the dispensed medication, peel off the segment label from the bottle and place on the dispensing log, peel off the pre-printed patient label with the documented information and adhere it to the bottle.
What are the advantages to Physician Partner’s dispensing software?
Our web based software program was created to streamline the process of dispensing medication. PP Dispense is a user friendly system that makes it possible for the dispensing physician to dispense prepackaged medications quickly and easily. Some advantages to our software include the following: manage, order, track and dispense drugs right from your desktop. A simple internet connection ensures all drug information and up-to-date, accurate pricing. Physician Partner offers our web based solution free of charge to our customers.
How long will it take to become proficient with the dispensing software?
Software training can typically be accomplished in less than one hour. Our customer service personnel will assist you in the setup and training. We will give you step-by-step instructions to each of the functionalities offered on our software. At Physician Partner, we maintain the industry’s highest standard in customer support and training.
What medications can I dispense in my office?
Physician Partner’s repackaging facility has multiple production rooms with the ability to produce all legend drugs and controlled substances: Schedules 2, 3, 3N, 4 and 5, as well as OTCs, vitamins and nutraceutical products. We offer flexible formularies, brand and generic.
Does Physician Partner carry any other products?
Physician Partner carries a variety of medications used in the office including injectables, vaccines, liquids, TENS units, and topicals. In addition, we have a large selection of Durable Medical Equipment (orthotics).
Where will I store the prepackaged medication?
For the storage of prepackaged medications, FDA and DEA regulations stipulate the need for a locked cabinet or drawer. Controlled substances must be stored behind a double lock; one of our dispensing cabinets behind a locked door will satisfy the double lock requirement.
How does dispensing benefit my patients?
Patient convenience and affordability are the top two reasons. Patients often appreciate physician dispensing because they can avoid a trip to the pharmacy as well as the need to wait for their prescription to be filled. Patients often save money by obtaining their prescription at the doctor’s office versus the pharmacy. Patient compliance and confidentiality of the in-office dispensed medication are other benefits.
How do I determine what price to charge my patient?
It is at your discretion to determine the price charged to your patients for the medication. Taking that into consideration, most patients save time and money as a result of prescription dispensing by eliminating the separate trip to their local pharmacy.