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DIR Fees: 3 Questions to Ask Your PSAO

Over the years, DIR fees have become a constant feature of almost every pharmacy network contract. According to Drug Channels, DIR fees accounted for an estimated 18 percent of total Medicare Part D rebates in 2019. Most pharmacy owners and operators are likely familiar with DIR fees, considering how pervasive they are. For the uninitiated, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) refers to DIR fees as “fees, payments, or payment adjustments made after the point-of-sale.”

3 Revenue Streams With Community Impact

We can learn many lessons from the challenges of the past year. Key among these is the importance...

How to Minimize Your Audit Risk

Pharmacy benefit managers conduct audits to identify possible fraud, waste, and abuse and/or verify...

3 Pricing Benchmarks That Influence Your Pharmacy's Reimbursement

Independent pharmacy owners and operators are able to bill insurance companies for filled...

Positioning Your Independent Pharmacy for Immunizations

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the central role that the independent pharmacy plays in...