California infusion providers get relief

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill recently that will allow California's Department of Health Services to establish per diem or bundled rates for home infusion pharmacies. S.B. 676 was introduced by State Sen. Roy Ashburn. There are currently about 100 pharmacies in California that provide home infusion services. Providers say the labor-intensive nature of home IV therapy results in higher costs, and current Medi-Cal reimbursement was not covering those costs, forcing some providers to limit or discontinue home IV therapy for beneficiaries.