The type of pharmacy used. This variable indicates the type of pharmacy that dispensed the prescription, as recorded on the PDE.
CMS requires Part D plans to maintain pharmacy networks that are sufficient to ensure access to Medicare beneficiaries – including retail, home infusion, and long-term care pharmacies. Plan sponsors have contracts with pharmacies to provide “in-network” services.
This variable was new in 2013 and required for all PDEs beginning on February 28, 2013.
|03||Home infusion therapy provider|
|05||Long-term care pharmacy|
|06||Mail order pharmacy|
|07||Managed care organization (MCO) pharmacy|
|08||Specialty care pharmacy|
|Null||Pharmacy is not in any other category above|