New Medicaid Dose Optimization Initiative to Take Effect November 14, 2013

The Medicaid Fee-for-Service program recently established a new Dose Optimization program, which will seek to reduce prescription costs by limiting the amount of pills a patient needs to take each day, while retaining daily dosing amountsThis initiative is expected to result in significant cost-savings for the Medicaid program, since, in many cases, pharmacies charge per pill dispensed.

The initiative, which applies only in the case of patients with Fee-for-Service Medicaid, applies to at least six classes of psychiatric medications, including antipsychotics, CNS stimulants and other medications for ADHD, sedative hypnotics, SNRIs, and SSRIs. Click here for the complete list of medications and dosing information.