The Affordable Care Act on Loyalty Programs for Federal Beneficiaries
Objective:To discuss changes in the law that allow community pharmacy loyalty programs to include and offer incentives to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.
Summary: The retailer rewards exception of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and its change to the definition of remuneration in the civil monetary penalties of the Anti-Kickback Statute now allow incentives to be earned on federal benefit tied prescription out-of-pocket costs. The criteria required to design a compliant loyalty program are discussed.
Conclusion: Community pharmacies can now include Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries in compliant customer loyalty programs, where allowed by state law. There is a need for research directly on the influence of loyalty programs and nominal incentives on adherence.
Piacentino, Justin J. and Williams, Karl (2013). "The Affordable Care Act on Loyalty Programs for Federal Beneficiaries." Journal of Pharmacy Practice 27.1, 106-108.
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