Entries by Trent Thiede, PharmD, MBA

2024 Fraud, Waste & Abuse and HIPAA Compliance Program Updates

PAAS National® continuously monitors legislative and regulatory changes that may impact your Fraud, Waste & Abuse and HIPAA Compliance Program. We keep a close eye on enforcement from the Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General, State Attorney Generals, and Office for Civil Rights to help ensure the program meets interpretative standards. Furthermore, PAAS works to keep pace with Pharmacy Benefit Managers as they continue to add credentialing requirements that can be extremely difficult, and a significant nuisance, to independent pharmacies.

PAAS Battles MedImpact for DAW 0 Reimbursement on Semglee®

MedImpact sent a memo to network pharmacies dated May 22, 2023, with the subject line Semglee-YFGN (Preferred U-100 Long Acting Insulin). For their participating Medicare Part D plans, MedImpact requested pharmacies to dispense Semglee® (YFGN) at the brand reimbursement.

Biosimilar Adoption for Humira in 2023

While Semglee® was the first interchangeable biosimilar to market back in 2021, Humira has been grabbing attention because of its status as the pharma-GOAT: Greatest Of All Time (in terms of sales) as coined by Doug Hoey from NCPA.

Discount/Cash Cards Are Disruptors in the Industry

On February 25, 2023, President of PAAS National®, Trent Thiede, had the privilege of participating in a Panel Discussion entitled Marketplace Prescription Dynamics Sure to Shape Your Business Strategies. While traversing several different topic areas, there are two core issues that are important for PAAS members: discount/cash cards and biosimilar adoption in 2023.

Understanding Caremark’s Restrictions on Bulk Purchases

Community pharmacies have been fed up with PBM antics for a long time. Egregious audits, absurd DIR fees, arduous credentialing requirements, unconscionable contracts; we run out of adjectives before we run out of PBM issues.