In 1996, the State of Wisconsin began reimbursing Medicaid pharmacy providers for pharmacy-based cognitive services beyond the traditional dispensing of prescriptions to Medicaid recipients. The objective of the proposed study is to evaluate this innovative and nationally recognized pharmacy service reimbursement program. The significance of this study is enhanced by the implementation, in September 2002, of a prescription drug benefit program for low-income Wisconsin seniors SeniorCare that will adopt this same cognitive service billing system. Research objectives are to: 1 describe pharmacy participation in this program since its inception in 1996 using Medicaid cognitive service claims data, 2 evaluate the number, type and impact of cognitive services provided to Medicaid recipients 3 determine how and why program participation has succeeded for some pharmacies and not for other pharmacies, and 4 develop and share strategies with the pharmacy profession for overcoming existing barriers in order to help pharmacy better serve vulnerable populations.
University of Wisconsin