The coverage for COVID-19 vaccine may be under the pharmacy benefit (via NCPDP standard) or the medical benefit (via CPT codes). Here is a summary of billing information known to PAAS National® as of December 23, 2020.
About Eric Hartkopf, PharmD
As an Analyst, I focus on providing pre- and post-audit assistance, answering various member service questions, and researching & drafting articles for the Third-Party Newsline. I work with many of our members involved with invoice audits.
I obtained my PharmD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy and worked for a major chain as well as various LTC and independent pharmacies, before coming to PAAS.
I am passionate about learning and teaching. I strive to learn something new about PBM audits every day, so that PAAS can be more knowledgeable to better serve our members! In 2018, I started traveling to state pharmacy conferences to present audit seminars and meet our wonderful members in person.
Entries by Eric Hartkopf, PharmD
PAAS National® continues to see pharmacies suffer full recoupment on claims that are processed to coupons and copay cards in violation of Caremark’s policy found in section 3.03.03 of the 2020 Pharmacy Provider Manual.
Nine pharmacists were recently indicted on felony charges in a $12.1 million health care fraud scheme according to a June 17, 2020 U.S. Department of Justice press release.
If you haven’t already noticed, most of the PBMs have resumed auditing practices and started issuing on-site audits the first week of August; however, these are not the on-site audits that you are used to.
PAAS is starting to see Caremark enforce their new policy about Aberrant Quantities and Volume that we first wrote about in a December 2019 article Important: Caremark Provider Manual Updates for 2020!.
It is common practice for PBMs to recoup claims [in full] for medications being picked up after the return to stock timeframes listed in their provider manuals (also known as “unclaimed prescriptions”). Pharmacies with an integrated Point-of-Sale should look to generate a list of prescriptions near the allowed timespan for medications to be left in pick-up bins.
STOP breaking insulin pen boxes. This recommendation came as a result of the FDA-approved product labeling change for insulin pens; effective November 15, 2019.