Implementing and maintaining a private pharmacokinetic practice

J. E. Murphy, E. S. Ward, M. L. Job

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The development and maintenance of a private-practice pharmacokinetic service is described. A contracted pharmacokinetics service has been in place at Georgia Baptist Medical Center, a 525-bed hospital, for the past eight years. Physician support, inhouse study results, and literature documentation of the benefits of scheduling drug concentration determinations were used to convince hospital administrators of the value of a pharmacokinetics service. Services were reimbursed by increasing the fee charged for each drug concentration determination, with payment made to the pharmacokinetics service on a monthly basis. The service is associated with the pathology department for administrative purposes. Each member of the pharmacokinetics service is credentialed by the medical staff. The group trains part-time personnel to provide services when needed. Services provided by the group but not required by the contract include collecting quality assurance data, conducting research, serving on hospital committees, writing newsletter articles, conducting inservice-education programs, and providing clinical interventions for nonconsultation patients. This private-practice pharmacokinetics service provides high-quality services and is well accepted within the institution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)591-597
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Hospital Pharmacy
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990
Externally publishedYes


  • Administration
  • Contact services
  • Hospitals
  • Pharmaceutical services
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Pharmacy, institutional, hospital
  • Reimbursement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management
  • Pharmaceutical Science


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