PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND WELFARE
PUBLIC ASSISTANCE LAW
56-209g. Pharmacy reimbursement. (1) Medicaid pharmacy reimbursement levels are a combination of the cost of the drug and a dispensing fee which includes such pharmaceutical care services as counseling, obtaining a patient history, documentation and dispensing. Pharmacy reimbursement levels may be adjusted in accordance with rules promulgated by the director through negotiated rulemaking with interested parties including representatives of the pharmacy profession.
(2) The department will pay the lesser of the provider’s lowest charge to the general public for a drug or the estimated acquisition cost (EAC) plus a dispensing fee.
(a) The EAC is defined by the department as the average acquisition cost (AAC) of the drug, or when no AAC is available, reimbursement will be wholesale acquisition cost (WAC). WAC shall mean the price, paid by a wholesaler for the drugs purchased from the wholesaler’s supplier, typically the manufacturer of the drug as published by a recognized compendia of drug pricing on the last day of the calendar quarter that corresponds to the calendar quarter.
(b) The department shall establish pharmacy dispensing fee payments based on the results of surveys of pharmacies and dispensing rates paid to other payers. The dispensing fee structure will be tiered, with the tiers based on the annual medicaid claims volume of the enrolled Idaho retail pharmacy. All other pharmacy dispensing fees will be the lowest dispensing fee for the tiered structure.
(3) The AAC will be established by the department by state or national surveys to the pharmacy for the product. When surveys are requested by the department to pharmacies participating in the Idaho medicaid program, they are required to participate in these periodic state cost surveys by disclosing the costs of all drugs net of any special discounts or allowances. Participating pharmacies that refuse to respond to the periodic state surveys will be disenrolled as a medicaid provider.
[56-209g, added 1995, ch. 228, sec. 1, p. 780; am. 1998, ch. 187, sec. 1, p. 682; am. 2010, ch. 296, sec. 5, p. 805; am. 2011, ch. 164, sec. 8, p. 467.]