Pharmacists: Medicaid changes could shut them down

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Posted: Oct 30, 2012 10:35 AM
Source: Associated Press

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BATON ROUGE - Community pharmacists say changes to Medicaid reimbursement rules don't address their complaints that the cuts could jeopardize their ability to remain open.

The state's health secretary, Bruce Greenstein, said last week that revisions made in response to pharmacies' complaints should quell the backlash. But The Advocate reports the complaints haven't disappeared.

Louisiana Independent Pharmacies Association President Randal Johnson called the amended plan, set to begin Thursday, horrible. Johnson says what had been a 19 percent cut will now be about a 16.5 percent cut, which he says is too steep to absorb.

Greenstein disputes the pharmacies' claim of the extent of the cut, saying his data shows about a 3 percent reduction. He says his department will monitor claims payments to see if the impact is greater than anticipated.

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