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Advising the Congress on Medicare issues
MedPAC > Recommendations > Payment for pharmacy handling costs in hospital outpatient departments (B)

Payment for pharmacy handling costs in hospital outpatient departments (B)

June 15, 2005

The Secretary should:
* Define a set of handling fee APCs that group drugs, biologicals, and radiopharmaceuticals based on attributes of the products that affect handling costs;
* Instruct hospitals to submit charges for those APCs; and
* Base payment rates for the handling fee APCs on submitted charges, reduced to costs.

Topics: Drugs, Devices, and Tests and Hospital.