Here at PDS, we take pride in highlighting some of our incredible exhibitors. We know these companies have the potential to revolutionize pharmacies just like yours through their products and services. We’re excited to introduce American Associated Pharmacies (AAP). Read on for their sponsored blog post about building your bottom-line.
Data is everything. It can drive business growth, increase profitability, and improve your relationships with your patients, but only if you use it.
Here are just some of the key categories of data you should be interested in, and suggestions for how to get started acting on it.
Questionable and Open Claims
It’s important to monitor all claims going through your pharmacy. A good practice would be to double check any claims outside of some key financial rules that make sense for your business, to help avoid negative outcomes. If no copay is collected on a cash claim, was it processed correctly? If the profit margin on a prescription is less than the cost, are you purchasing that drug correctly?
Be sure to monitor and resubmit claims that are reversed. It’s also to your advantage to monitor changes in Average Wholesale Prices and consider other claims to resubmit. One pharmacy generated $2,000 in additional revenue in only a week using a tool to access up-to-date AWP data.
Timeliness of Refills and Missing Patients
Does your pharmacy monitor when patients are due for refills, or if patients disappear altogether? Using that data to stay in contact with these patients can mean better care for them, and more revenue for your pharmacy. Pharmacies using one tool have proven that contacting just a few dozen of these patients in a month can mean an average of $11,000 or more of increased revenue. With the added benefit of increasing adherence and Star Ratings, along with building essential loyalty with patients who feel cared for, it’s data you can’t afford to ignore.
Other Marketing and Outreach
Marketing and outreach are important ways to take the data you already have and apply it. Patient data can tell you if you have patients nearing 65 who may need help selecting a Medicare plan; it can tell you if you have brand new patients who could use some outreach to build a relationship; it can tell you if there are prescribers in your area who aren’t sending prescriptions your way, or if there are others who may make up a large share of your fills. Data can help you target your marketing efforts and spend less to do more for your pharmacy’s health and growth.
These are only some of the opportunities that can deliver great benefits from the data your pharmacy collects on a daily basis! The good news is, there are tools like AAP’s ProfitAmp that can sift through your dispensing, patient, and prescriber data and provide easy-to-use reports with immediately-actionable data.
Saying pharmacy is a busy profession is an understatement, especially considering current events. However, watching these metrics as much as possible can be a key way to optimize profitability.
About the Author
As a cooperative of over 2,000 member pharmacies with an independently owned warehouse and specialty pharmacy and qualified preferred partners, American Associated Pharmacies (AAP) is so much more than a buying group. AAP provides the tools and resources needed for members to improve their bottom lines, such as business intelligence tools, a powerful proprietary ordering system that syncs across devices, and more! Visit RxAAP.com/ProveIt to learn more.