Rx pill bottles According to the AHA, white- and brown-bagging policies “pose significant risks to quality of care as providers have inadequate control in ensuring patient access to high-quality drugs.”(Photo: Shutterstock)

The American Hospital Association is asking policymakers to regulate several policies that health insurers use to manage prescription drug distribution to members. A number of large private payers use techniques called “white bagging” and “brown bagging” to manage how drugs are used in patient care, according to the association.

Through white bagging, private payers don’t allow providers to procure and manage a drug for their patients but rather require a third-party specialty pharmacy to dispense the drug to the provider.

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