This of course, makes it virtually impossible to accurately collect a copay
at the time of service.
For employers such as Pitney Bowes, the world's leading mailstream solutions provider, one answer is lowering or waiving employees' copays
on prescription drugs.
were associated with a 37% reduction in adherence.
Before that happens, however, plans offering three-tiered copays
will need to do a better job of educating patients about how the system works, according to Judith Cahill, executive director of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, an Alexandria, Va.
You might also consider posting a sign in your reception area that advises patients, "If you are unable to remit your copay
today, please see the receptionist so we can reschedule your appointment.
Managed care plans should at least be concerned about the effect of copays
on annual dilated eye exams, since that is one of the Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set (HEDIS) measures that the government uses to rank health plans, he said in an interview
By reducing the amount of copay
due from patients for prescriptions, copay
offset cards reduce the amount of outlay required for patients.
On the other hand, an individual who chooses to forego the copays
in favor of a "high deductible health plan" gets to pay all of his eligible medical expenses--not only doctor visits and prescription drugs, but also bigger costs like ER and hospital claims, and even non-medical expenses like dental and vision--with tax-free dollars.
69% of financial services employees pay $25 or more in office-visit copays
Primary care physician copays
remained relatively unchanged at $20.
Although the gap between generic and brand copays
is wider, not every consumer is taking advantage of the opportunity to save money on generic drugs.
This study is unique because it is more likely to represent the behavior of average patients and because it considers important variables that have not been included in other copay
and drug compliance studies," said Dr.