Webinar for State Officials Only: Innovations in Medicaid Pharmacy Benefit Management Policies – A Look at Three States

Friday, Nov. 1, 2019
3:30-4:30 p.m. (ET)

Faced with rising prescription drug costs, state Medicaid programs are implementing innovative policies to manage their pharmacy benefit and find savings. This webinar, for state officials only, is an opportunity to hear officials from three leading states:

  • West Virginia carved pharmacy benefits out of its Medicaid managed care program in 2017 and reports that its shift to a fee-for-service model saved the state over $54 million in state fiscal year 2018.
  •  In response to a report demonstrating the cost to the state when pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) profit from “spread pricing,” Ohio began requiring managed care plans’ contracts with PBMs to include a transparent, pass-through payment model and to prohibit spread pricing as of January 2019. Ohio’s recently passed 2020 budget bill goes a step farther, requiring all managed care plans to contract with a single PBM, which is selected by the Ohio’s Medicaid department. 
  • To lower the cost of drugs and maximize rebate potential, Washington’s Medicaid program implemented a single formulary for all managed care and fee-for-service pharmacy benefits on Jan. 1, 2018. 

This webinar is for state officials only and will not be recorded.

Moderator: Trish Riley, Executive Director, National Academy for State Health Policy

Speakers:

  • Brian Thompson, MS, PharmD, Director of Pharmacy Services, Bureau for Medical Services, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
  • Vicki Cunningham, PharmD, former Director of Pharmacy Services, Bureau for Medical Services, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
  • Maureen Corcoran, MBA, MSN, Director, Ohio Department of Medicaid
  • Donna Sullivan, MS, PharmD, Chief Pharmacy Officer, Washington Health Care Authority

Register here.