Vermont is experiencing a physician shortage in key specialty areas. DVHA has chosen to monitor 5 key groups with dwindling provider counts in order to work with multiple agencies to address issues proactively: behavior and mental health and substance abuse providers, cardiologists, dentists, pharmacies, and primary care providers (PCPs).
Vermont is showing a shortage of pharmacists available to fill prescriptions. This seems to be a nation-wide trend. As Vermont Medicaid does not enroll pharmacists, we must measure how many pharmacies are available to meet our member needs. Drug stores around Vermont have been trimming back their hours in response to a growing shortage of pharmacists. Family-owned pharmacies are also dwindling in number in Vermont and elsewhere. Small pharmacies face stiff competition from chains.
Despite their increasingly important role in health care delivery, little is known about the availability and characteristics of community pharmacies in the United States. Due to member complaints about the travel time to get to pharmacies PMR wants to gauge how many pharmacies exist in each county and what services they offer.
While no national statistics exist, we have sent a benchmark of 1 pharmacy in a 60 mile radius for every 1000 Medicaid members.
Last updated: 10/15/2020