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Pennsylvania’s Auditor General Demands PBM Contracting Transparency

Pennsylvania Auditor General, Eugene Depasquale, released a report discussing the role of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). The report, “Bringing Transparency and Accountability to Drug Pricing,” reviews PBM pricing practices with a critical eye.

If your pharmacy benefits management process doesn’t
resemble the Auditor General’s, blow it up. Here’s how!

The Auditor General makes ten recommendations he believes will improve PBM pricing transparency, stabilize reimbursements to pharmacies, and ultimately lower the cost of prescription drugs for Pennsylvania residents.

1) To ensure taxpayer dollars are being handled effectively and efficiently, the general assembly should immediately pass legislation allowing the state to perform a full-scale annual review or audit of subcontracts with pharmacy benefit managers.

2) To better control costs, Pennsylvania DHS should consider directly managing its Medicaid prescription drug benefits instead of contracting with managed care organizations to do so.

3) The general assembly should pass legislation that increases transparency into PBM pricing practices.

4) So the state pays only for services PBMs render, the general assembly should pass legislation requiring a flat-fee pricing model for compensating PBMs.

5) Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services should add “good steward” language to all Medicaid-related contracts.

Hmmm…looks like someone has been reading this blog. Get the full Auditor General’s report here.

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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