White bagging refers to the distribution of medication from a pharmacy, often a specialty pharmacy, to the physician’s office, hospital, or clinic for administration.
Simply put, the white bagging definition is the dispensing of medication from a specialty pharmacy directly to a healthcare provider.
White bagging is often used in oncology practices to obtain costly injectable or infusible medications that are distributed by specialty pharmacies and may not be available in all non‐specialty pharmacies.
A white bagging pharmacy is typically a specialty pharmacy outside of a health system and is seen by providers as more inflexible than the traditional system that distributes medication directly to a physician’s office, hospital, or clinic for administration.
Brown bagging is a common term for the practice of patients picking up drugs through their pharmacy benefit. Brown-bagging requires the patient to purchase the specialty medication, and then take it to their provider for administration.
Clear bagging is when a health system’s own specialty pharmacy delivers medication to the clinic, hospital suite or provider office for administration to a patient.
The biggest difference between white bagging vs. brown bagging is how the medication arrives at the physician’s office, hospital, or clinic. White bagging refers to medication sent from a specialty pharmacy directly to healthcare provider, whereas brown bagging refers to medication a patient has picked up and transported to the healthcare provider.
The difference between clear bagging vs. white bagging is whether a healthcare system has a specialty pharmacy. Clear bagged medications come directly from a healthcare system’s own specialty pharmacy. White bagged medications are dispensed and sent to a healthcare provider.
Buy and bill means a process where a healthcare provider purchases, stores, and administers medication to a patient. After the patient receives the drug, the provider submits a claim for reimbursement to a third-party payer or specialty pharmacy.
The difference between white bagging vs. buy and bill is that white bagged medication is distributed to the physician’s office, hospital, or clinic for administration typically from specialty pharmacy. With buy and bill the medication is already stored at the healthcare facility and the provider submits a claim for reimbursement after the patient receives the drug.
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