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Michigan wants to save $40 million by cutting non-fiduciary PBMs out of Medicaid

Michigan is the latest among state Medicaid programs to back away from pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), choosing instead to enable fee for service drug payments billed to Michigan’s health department through a single, state-contracted PBM.

Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced that the state will eliminate its outpatient prescription drug coverage as a Medicaid health plan (MHP) benefit. Instead, these drugs will fall under a fee for service Medicaid model starting December 1, 2019.

This means that pharmacies and providers will instead bill prescriptions directly to the state’s PBMs at the point of sale. Previously, Medicaid health plans covered prescription drugs. There are several benefits to a PBM carve-out chief among them include:

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I’m often asked, “Tyrone why do you do this offer advice which might hurt your business?” The short answer is it doesn’t hurt my business. My business is predicated on doing what is in the best interest of our clients first. Sometimes these decisions involve lower revenues to TransparentRx. Other times it means more revenue because we don’t have to deceive our clients or tell half-truths to grow.

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Tyrone Squires, MBA, CPBS

I am the proud founder and managing director of TransparentRx, a fiduciary-model PBM based in Las Vegas, Nevada. We help health plan sponsors reduce pharmacy spend, by as much as 50%, without cutting benefits or shifting costs to employees.

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