U.S. Senate Panel Explores Physician-dispensed Prescriptions

As the U.S. Senate explores ways to lower healthcare costs, the chamber’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee held a hearing on February 5 on potential changes to primary care coverage.

Among the ideas presented was incentivizing physicians to purchase generic drugs directly from wholesalers, similar to how direct primary care providers secure extremely low prescription prices for their patients.

Other ideas discussed included expanding the list of services that qualify for health savings account purchases and encouraging employers to offer on-site clinics.

In November, AAFP submitted written testimony to the Senate HELP Committee for a similar hearing it held on reducing healthcare costs through innovation. In that letter, AAFP stressed the importance of investing in advanced primary care models and social determinants of health initiatives, as well as supporting direct primary care practices and the Independence at Home program.