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Prescription Drug Information

 

Prescription Drug Information

Medicare Part D is the new Medicare prescription drug coverage. Everyone with Medicare is eligible for this coverage, regardless of income level and resources, pre-existing conditions, or current prescription expenses.

Prescription drugs can heal, cure, comfort, even prevent. Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage makes it easier to pay for the prescription drugs you need to stay healthy.

Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage can help you by covering both brand name and generic prescription drugs at participating pharmacies close to where you live.Qualified people with limited income and resources will have almost no drug expenses.

Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage can also help down the road. As we age and our medical conditions change, our need for prescription drugs may increase. And, Medicare, like most insurance, will cover a significant portion of prescription drug bills.

If you use few or no drugs now, you may wonder if it’s worth signing up. But what about the future? If you sign up now, Medicare coverage will help protect you against high drug costs if and when you need it. And, if you sign up with a Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plan like Health Choice Generations, you’ll have one plan providing both your medical and prescription drug benefits providing you better Coordination of Care.

Health Choice Generations is a Medicare Advantage Special Needs Health Plan with Prescription Drug Coverage (MA-PD) contracted with the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (contract H5587).


How to use the Formulary

What is a formulary?

A formulary is a list of drugs that are covered by Health Choice Generations. The formulary contains a wide range of drugs and includes both generics and brand name drugs. All the drugs on the formulary are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

What if my medication is not on the Health Choice Generations Formulary?

We want to make sure you have the medications you need. If a drug is not covered and you would like it to be covered, you can ask us to make an exception. If your doctor thinks it is important for you to be on a drug that is not on our formulary, you and your doctor can submit a formulary exception request. If we turn down your request for an exception, you can appeal our decision.

When you ask for an exception, your doctor is required to explain the medical reasons why you need the medication. Also, some drugs have certain restrictions, such as a quantity limit or step therapy. If your doctor does not think your drug should have a restriction, you and your doctor can submit a formulary exception request.

Comprehensive Formulary – 2017
Comprehensive Formulary (Spanish) – 2017

Online Formulary Search Tool

2017 Utilization Management Criteria

BvsD Criteria – 2017
Prior Authorization Criteria – 2017
Quantity Limit Criteria – 2017
Step Therapy Criteria – 2017

Note:
The formulary, pharmacy network, and/or provider network may change at any time. You will receive notice when necessary.

For the most recent list of drugs or other questions, please contact Health Choice Generations Member services at 1-800-656-8991, TTY 711, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., 7 days a week.

Health Choice Generations Mail-order Program

Save time when ordering your prescriptions. Use Home Delivery from our Pharmacy. It’s a service available at no additional cost to you.

If you take prescription medications on a regular basis for allergies, high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis or other ongoing conditions, consider Home Delivery.

As a value added service to our members, Health Choice Generations offers members the option of ordering their prescriptions by mail.

When you order prescription drugs through our network mail order pharmacy service, you must order at least a 30-day supply, and no more than a 98-day supply of the drug.

Generally, it takes us 14 days to process your order and ship it to you. However, sometimes your mail order may be delayed. If for some reason your order cannot be delivered within 14 days, a pharmacy representative may contact you. For more information about mail order, call Health Choice Generations Member Services.

If you should have any questions regarding the points above, please call HC Generations Member Services, 8 am – 8 pm, 7 days a week, at 1-800-656-8991. TTY users should call 711. Or, you may e-mail Member Services at Comments@iasishealthcare.com.

Benefits of Home Delivery

  • You can skip the trip to a participating pharmacy – your prescriptions are delivered directly to your home.
  • You don’t have to pay for Home Delivery – standard shipping of your prescriptions is free.
  • You only need to order refills once every three months – you get up to a 90-day supply of your medication with each order.
  • You can speak to a pharmacist anytime, day or night – the Pharmacy never closes.
  • You can order refills from home – by phone, fax, mail or Internet.

For more information about getting your prescriptions delivered to your home from the Pharmacy, please call Health Choice Generations Member Services at 1-800-656-8991. TTY users call 711.

What you need to know about Health Choice Generations Prescription Drug Coverage?

If you have any question about Health Choice Generations prescription drug coverage, please call Member Services, 8 am – 8 pm, 7 days a week, at 1-800-656-8991. TTY users should call 711. Calls to these numbers are free. Or, you may e-mail the plan at Comments@iasishealthcare.com ; write us at Health Choice Generations, 410 N. 44th Street, Ste. 510 Phoenix, AZ 85008; or fax us at (480) 784-2933.

How much will it cost to fill my prescriptions?

As a member of Health Choice Generations, we provide Part D coverage as part of your plan benefits (there could be an exception, beneficiaries who have low incomes, live in long term care facilities, or have access to Indian/Tribal/Urban (Indian Health Services) facilities may have different out-of-pocket drug cost. Contact the plan for details).

The Prescription Drug benefit of the Health Choice Generations plan has been designed to be comprehensive and affordable for people on Medicare.

You will have no:

  • Annual prescription drug premium
  • No monthly Part D premium
  • No yearly deductible

You will pay for both retail and mail-order prescriptions, depending on your income and resources:

In 2016:

  • $0 to $2.95 (2016 generic co-pay)
  • $0 to $7.40 (2016 brand co-pay)

In 2016, after your yearly out-of pocket costs reach $4,850, you will pay nothing for your prescription drugs.

In 2017:

  • $0 to $3.30 (generic co-pay)
  • $0 to $8.25 (brand co-pay)

In 2017, after your yearly out-of pocket costs reach $4,950, you will pay nothing for your prescription drugs.

You may also receive drugs from an In-Network Pharmacy for one month (31-day) supply and a three month (93-day) supply.

If you qualify for extra help with your Medicare Prescription Drug Plan costs, your premium and drug costs will be lower. When you join Health Choice Generations, Medicare will tell us how much extra help you are getting. Then we will let you know the amount you will pay. If you aren’t getting any extra help, you can see if you qualify by calling:

  • 1-800-MEDICARE (1800-633-4227). TTY/TDD users should call 1-877-486-2048, or
  • Your state Medicaid Office, or
  • The Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 between 7 am – 7 pm, Monday through Friday. TTY/TDD users should call 1-800-325-0778.

Are the drugs you need covered?

Health Choice Generations covers thousands of prescription drugs–including most of the brand name and generic drugs.

A formulary is a list of all the drugs Health Choice Generations covers. Drugs on the Formulary are covered as long as the drug is medically necessary, the prescription is filled at a network pharmacy or through our network mail order pharmacy service and other coverage rules are followed.

If the formulary changes during the plan year; meaning drugs are added or deleted or there is a change in requirements/limits, you will be notified, in writing, 60 days before the change. In addition, Health Choice Generations will post on this Web site, the name of the affected covered part D drug; whether the Part D drug is being removed from the formulary or changing its cost-sharing status and the reason why; alternative Part D drugs; and the means by which members may obtain an updated coverage determination or exception to a coverage determination.

By law, certain type of drugs or categories of drugs are not covered by Medicare Drug Plans. These drugs or categories of drugs are called exclusions and include:

  • Nonprescription drug, unless they are part of an approved step therapy

Drugs when used for:

  • Anorexia
  • Weight loss, or weight gain
  • Infertility
  • Cosmetic purpose or hair growth
  • Symptomatic relief drugs for cough or colds
  • Prescription vitamins and mineral products except prenatal vitamins and fluoride preparations
  • Outpatient drugs for which the manufacturer requires associate tests or monitoring services be purchased
  • Erectile dysfunction drugs like Viagra, Levitra, and others.

About Generic and Brand Name Drugs

Health Choice Generations covers both brand name drugs and generic drugs. Generic drugs have the same active-ingredient formulary as a brand name drug. Generic drugs usually cost less than brand name drugs and are rated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be as safe and effective as brand name drugs.

How can you get your prescriptions filled?

To fill your prescription, you must show your Plan membership card at one of our network pharmacies. If you do not have your membership card with you when you fill your prescription, you may have to pay the full cost of the prescription (rather than paying just your co-payment). If this happens you can ask us to reimburse you for our share of the cost by submitting a claim to us. To learn how to submit a paper claim, please refer to your HC Generations Evidence of Coverage.

You may receive your prescriptions for either a 31 day (one month) supply or a 90 day (three month supply) from any in-network pharmacy. If you take maintenance medications every day, you may save time and reduce your out-of-pocket expenses by filling an extended day (90 day) supply at your local pharmacy or using our mail pharmacy services to order a 90 day (three month) supply. When you use mail order pharmacy services you’ll get the medications you’re taking now conveniently delivered to your home – and standard shipping is free!

Health Choice Generations offers these savings through a large group of pharmacies across the country called a “network”. Since our network includes more than 1000 pharmacies, including retail, mail order, long-term care, home infusion and I/T/U (Indian Health Service, Tribes or Urban Indian) pharmacy services, the pharmacy you now go to is probably in the Health Choice Generations Plan network. Health Choice Generations has contracts with pharmacies that equal or exceed CMS requirements for pharmacy access in your area.

For a complete list of our network pharmacies, please call Health Choice Generations Member Service Department 1-800-656-8991 (TTY: 711) 8 am – 8 pm, 7 days a week.

The Drug List can change during the year

Most of the changes in drug coverage happen at the beginning of each year (January 1). However, during the year, the plan might make many kinds of changes to the Drug List. For example, the plan might:

  • Add or remove drugs from the Drug List. New drugs become available, including new generic drugs. Perhaps the government has given approval to a new use for an existing drug. Sometimes, a drug gets recalled and we decide not to cover it. Or we might remove a drug from the list because it has been found to be ineffective.
  • Move a drug to a higher or lower cost-sharing tier.
  • Add or remove a restriction on coverage for a drug
  • Replace a brand name drug with a generic drug.

In almost all cases, we must get approval from Medicare for changes we make to the plan’s Drug List.

Can I use a pharmacy that is not in the network?

If you go to a pharmacy that’s not in the Health Choice Generations network, you might have to pay more for your prescriptions.

If you need to have your prescription filled at a non-network pharmacy some exceptions are allowed such as when you are traveling and run out of your medicine or if you become ill and cannot get to a network pharmacy. If that happens, you will need to fill out a claim form (refer to your Health Choice Generations Evidence of Coverage for more information or call Member Services at 1-800-656-8991, 8 am – 8 pm, 7 days a week. TTY users call 711).

Remember, you will pay co-pays of only $0 to $2.95 (2016- generic co-pay) or $0 to $7.40 (2016- brand co-pay) drugs when you have your prescriptions filled at a Health Choice Generations network pharmacy.

Filling prescriptions outside the network

Generally, we only cover drugs filled at an out-of-network pharmacy in limited circumstances when a network pharmacy is not available. Before you fill a prescription at an out-of-network pharmacy, please call Member Services to see if there is a network pharmacy available.

What if I need a prescription because of a medical emergency?

We will cover prescriptions that are filled at an out-of-network pharmacy if the prescriptions are related to care for a medical emergency or urgently needed care. In this situation, you will have to pay the full cost (rather than paying just your co-payment) when you fill your prescription. You can ask us to reimburse you for our share of the cost by submitting a paper claim form. To learn how to submit a paper claim, please refer to the paper claims process described on in Chapter 7 of the Health Choice Generations Evidence of Coverage.

Getting coverage when you travel or are away from the plan’s service area

If you take a prescription drug on a regular basis and you are going on a trip, be sure to check your supply of the drug before you leave. When possible, take along all the medication you will need. You may be able to order your prescription drugs ahead of time through our network mail order pharmacy service or through a retail network pharmacy that offers an extended supply.

If you are traveling within the US, but outside of the Plan’s service area, and you become ill, lose or run out of your prescription drugs, we will cover prescriptions that are filled at an out-of-network pharmacy if you follow all other coverage rules identified within this document and a network pharmacy is not available. In this situation, you will have to pay the full cost (rather than paying just your co-payment) when you fill your prescription. You can ask us to reimburse you for our share of the cost by submitting a claim form. To learn how to submit a paper claim, please refer to the paper claims process described in Chapter 7 of the Health Choice Generations Evidence of Coverage.

Prior to filling your prescription at an out-of-network pharmacy, call our Member Services to find out if there is a network pharmacy in the area where you are traveling. If there are no network pharmacies in that area, our Member Service may be able to make arrangements for you to get your prescriptions from an out-of-network pharmacy.

We cannot pay for any prescriptions that are filled by pharmacies outside the United States, even for a medical emergency.

Other times you can get your prescription covered if you go to an out-of-network pharmacy

We will cover your prescription at an out-of-network pharmacy if at least one of the following applies:

  • If you are unable to get a covered drug, in a timely manner within our service area, because there are no network pharmacies within a reasonable driving distance that provide 24-hour service.
  • If you are trying to fill a covered prescription drug that is not regularly stocked at an eligible network retail or mail order pharmacy (these drugs include orphan drugs or other specialty pharmaceuticals).

Before you fill your prescription in either of these situations, call Member Services to see if there is a network pharmacy in your area where you can fill your prescription. If you do go to an out-of-network pharmacy for the reasons listed above, you will have to pay the full cost (rather than paying just your co-payment) when you fill your prescription. You can ask us to reimburse you for our share of the cost by submitting a claim form. Please refer to the paper claims process in Chapter 7 of the Health Choice Generations Evidence of Coverage.

Beneficiaries Rights and Responsibilities regarding their benefits upon disenrollment of Health Choice Generations

Disenrollment from Health Choice Generations means ending your membership in Health Choice Generations either voluntarily or involuntarily. Whether leaving the plan is your choice or not, you have other choices for your Medicare prescription drug coverage and Medicare-covered medical benefits.

Certain rules apply when you leave the plan.

For more information regarding your options when you disenroll from Health Choice Generations, please call Member Services at 1-800-656-8991, TTY users should call 711, 8 am – 8 pm, 7 days a week, or e-mail Health Choice Generations at Comments@iasishealthcare.com.

Or, you may click here to link to the page on Health Choice Generations’ Web site that discusses member’s Rights and Responsibilities.

What if HC Generations Denies Coverage for a Prescription Drug?

What to do if you have complaints

We encourage you to let us know right away if you have questions, concerns, or problems related to your prescription drug coverage.

Federal law guarantees your right to make complaints if you have concerns or problems with any part of your care as a plan member. The Medicare program has helped set the rules about what you need to do to make a complaint and what we are required to do when we receive a complaint. If you make a complaint, we must be fair in how we handle it. You cannot be disenrolled from Health Choice Generations or penalized in any way if you make a complaint.

A complaint will be handled as a grievance, coverage determination, or an appeal, depending on the subject of the complaint.
Following is a brief explanation on grievances, coverage determinations, and appeals.

For detailed information about these processes and how to file a grievance, coverage determination and/or appeal please visit the Evidence of Coverage Chapter 9.

What is a grievance?

A grievance is any complaint other than one that involves a coverage determination. You would file a grievance if you have any type of problem with Health Choice Generations or one of our network pharmacies that does not relate to coverage for a prescription drug.

For example, you would file a grievance if you have a problem with things such as waiting times when you fill a prescription, the way your network pharmacist or others behave, being able to reach someone by phone or get the information you need, or the cleanliness or condition of a network pharmacy.

What is a coverage determination?

Whenever you ask for a Part D prescription drug benefit, the first step is called requesting a coverage determination. When we make a coverage determination, we are making a decision whether or not to provide or pay for a Part D drug and what your share of the cost is for the drug.

Coverage determinations include exceptions requests. You have the right to ask us for an exception if you believe you need a drug that is not on our list of covered drugs (formulary) or believe you should get a drug at a lower co-payment. If you request an exception, your physician must provide a statement to support your request.

You must contact us if you would like to request a coverage determination (including an exception). You cannot request an appeal if we have not issued a coverage determination.

What is an appeal?

An appeal is any of the procedures that deal with the review of an unfavorable coverage determination. You would file an appeal if you want us to reconsider and change a decision we have made about what Part D prescription drug benefits are covered for you or what we will pay for a prescription drug.

For a detailed explanation of Health Choice Generations Complains and Grievances Procedure; how to request a Coverage Determination; and how to find out more information about Part D Appeals procedures and exception processes, please refer to your Health Choice Generations Evidence of Coverage Chapter 9, or click on the links at the top of the page.

How do I request an exception to the

Health Choice Generations HMO Formulary?

You can ask Health Choice Generations to make an exception to our coverage rules. There are several types of exceptions that you can ask us to make.

  • You can ask us to cover your drug even if it is not on our formulary.
  • You can ask us to waive coverage restrictions or limits on your drug. For example, for certain drugs, Health Choice Generations HMO limit the amount of the drug that we will cover. If your drug has a quantity limit, you can ask us to waive the limit and cover more.
  • You can ask us to provide a higher level of coverage for your drug. If your drug is contained in our highest tier subject to the tiering exceptions process tier, you can ask us to cover it at the cost-sharing amount that applies to drugs in the lowest tier subject to the tiering exceptions process tier instead.

This would lower the amount you must pay for your drug. Please note, if we grant your request to cover a drug that is not on our formulary, you may not ask us to provide a higher level of coverage for the drug.

If you are requesting an exception, you must provide a statement from your doctor. Your doctor or other prescriber must give us the medical reasons for the drug exception you are requesting. Your doctor can mail or fax the statement to our plan. Or your doctor can tell us on the phone and then follow up by faxing or mailing the signed statement.

The statement can be faxed or mailed to:

Health Choice Generations HMO
Attn: Pharmacy Prior Authorizations
410 N 44th Street, Suite 900
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Fax: 1-877-424-5690

Coverage Determinations

If you would like Health Choice Generations to make a decision on a Part D drug, such as a formulary exception, you and your doctor may complete a Coverage Determination Request Form. When Health Choice Generations makes a coverage determination, we are making a decision whether or not to provide or pay for a Part D drug. The decision by a pharmacist not to fill a prescription is not considered a denial by Health Choice Generations.

Coverage determinations include:

  • Prior authorizations by Health Choice Generations before a pharmacy may dispense certain drugs,
  • Limits set by Health Choice Generations on the quantity (amount) of certain drugs that can be dispensed,
  • A decision to pay a claim for a drug you paid for,
  • A decision whether a prescribed drug is medically necessary, appropriate, or used for an FDA-approved indication, and
  • A request for an “exception” to the formulary as discussed below.

You, your authorized representative, or your prescribing physician may request a coverage determination. Decisions are made within 72 hours, unless your health is in jeopardy and a request is made for a fast-track decision. We verify the need for a fast-track decision and then make the coverage determination as quickly as possible – within 24 hours of the request.

Note:
You cannot request a Re-determination/Appeal if we have not issued a Coverage Determination.

If coverage is denied, you will be notified and receive a written explanation with a notice of appeal rights. If your request for a fast-track decision is denied and you disagree, you may file an expedited grievance. You are always notified of our decisions.

To request an expedited review, please call 1-800-656-8991. TTY/TTD users call 711.

You have the option of submitting your request in writing. You may mail or fax your written request for a coverage determination to:

Health Choice Generations HMO
Attn: Pharmacy Prior Authorizations
410 N 44th Street, Suite 900
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Fax: 1-877-424-5690

Coverage Re-determinations

If we deny part or all of the coverage determination and you want us to reconsider and change a decision we have made about what Part D prescription drug benefits are covered for you or what we will pay for a prescription drug, you may ask us to reconsider our decision. This is called an “appeal” or “request for re-determination”.

Note:
You cannot request a Re-determination/Appeal if we have not issued a Coverage Determination.

How you make your appeal depends on whether you are requesting reimbursement for a Part D drug you already received and paid for, OR authorization of a Part D benefit (that is, a Part D drug that you have not yet received).

If your appeal concerns a decision we made about authorizing a Part D benefit that you have not yet received, then you and/or your doctor will first need to decide whether you need a redetermination. The procedures for deciding on a standard or fast redetermination are the same as those described for a standard or fast coverage determination.

Please be assured, when we receive your request to reconsider the coverage determination, we give the request to healthcare professionals at our organization who were not involved in making the original coverage determination. This helps ensure that we give your request a fresh look.

How to Request a Redetermination

You must make your redetermination (appeal) request to Health Choice Generations within 60 calendar days from the notice of the initial coverage determination. An expedited request may be made orally or in writing. A standard request may be made orally or in writing. You may choose to complete the redetermination form in the Form section on this page or you may submit your signed request in another format.

To request an expedited redetermination, please call 1-800-656-8991. TTY/TTD users call 711.

You have the option of submitting your request in writing. You may mail or fax your written request for a coverage redetermination to:

Health Choice Generations HMO
Attn: Pharmacy Prior Authorizations
410 N 44th Street, Suite 900
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Fax: 1-877-424-5690

Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage and Your Rights

You have the right to get a written explanation from Health Choice Generations if:

  • Your doctor or pharmacist tells you that Health Choice Generations will not cover a prescription drug in the amount or form prescribed by your doctor.
  • You are asked to pay a different cost-sharing amount than you think you are required to pay for a prescription drug.
    Health Choice Generations written explanation will give you the specific reasons why the prescription drug is not covered and will explain how to request an appeal if you disagree with the drug plan’s decision.

You also have the right to ask Health Choice Generations for an exception if:

  • You believe you need a drug that is not on your drug plan’s list of covered drugs. The list of covered drugs is called a “formulary;” or
    You believe you should get a drug you need at a lower cost-sharing amount.

What you need to do:

  • Contact Health Choice Generations to ask for a written explanation about why a prescription is not covered, or to ask for an exception if you believe you need a drug that is not on your drug plan’s formulary, or believe you should get a drug you need at a lower cost-sharing amount.
  • Refer to the Summary of Benefits you received from Health Choice Generations or call Member Services at 1-800-656-8991
  • When you contact Health Choice Generations, be ready to tell them:
    • The name of the prescription drug(s) that you believe you need.
    • The name of the pharmacy or physician who told you that the prescription drug(s) is not covered.

The date you were told that the prescription drug(s) is not covered.

You can find detailed information regarding the Grievance and Appeals processes in your Evidence of Coverage booklet.

You may also call Member Services at 1-800-656-8991, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., 7 days a week for assistance with problem solving related to your Part D benefits or for questions about processes or appeal status (TTY users call 711).

Coverage Determination Request Form

Coverage Determination Request Form (PDF)

An enrollee, or the appointed representative, or the prescribing physician may use this model form to request a coverage determination from the plan.

Redetermination Request Form

Redetermination Request Form (PDF)

Prior Authorization

For certain drugs, you or your doctor need to get prior approval from Health Choice Generations before we will agree to cover the drug for you. This is called prior authorization. Sometimes plan approval is required so we can be sure that your drug is covered by Medicare. Sometimes the requirement for getting approval in advance helps guide appropriate use of certain drugs. If prior approval is not obtained, your drug might not be covered. The drugs that require prior approval can be identified in your Health Choice Generations Formulary. Those are the drugs with the PAR symbol in the Restrictions column.

A prior authorization form is attached for your doctor to obtain Prior Authorization.

Pharmacy Medication Prior Authorization Form (Online)

Pharmacy Medication Prior Authorization Form (PDF)

Medical Services Prior Authorization (PA) Form

2017 Transition Policy

2017 Transition Policy and Procedure

When you join Health Choice Generations you may learn that we do not cover a prescription drug you were taking before you joined our Plan. You may be able to get a temporary supply of the drug that would give you and your doctor time to change to another drug. This is called a transition fill.

If you receive a temporary fill for a drug, we will send you a letter explaining that the drug was filled under the Transition process. The letter will explain the action you can take to get approval for the drug or how to switch to another drug on the plan formulary.

If you are a new member and are taking a Part D drug that is not on the formulary, or the drug is subject to a utilization management requirement (such as step therapy, prior authorization, or a quantity limit), we will cover a temporary supply during the first 90 days of your membership in Health Choice Generations. This temporary supply will be for a maximum of 31 days (30 days retail and 31 days LTC) and must be filled at a network pharmacy.

If you live in a Long Term Care facility, we will cover a temporary supply during the first 90 days of your membership in the plan. We will allow you to refill your prescription until we have provided you with up to a 98-day supply (unless the prescription is written for less) during your transition period.

If you are existing member, who was on the plan last year are taking a Part D drug that was removed from the formulary, or the drug now has a new utilization requirement or limitation at the beginning of the new year, we will cover a temporary supply of your drug during the first 90 days of the calendar year. This temporary supply will be for a maximum of 31 days (30 days retail and 31 days LTC), unless the prescription is written for fewer days. The prescription must be filled at a network pharmacy.

You may also be eligible to receive a transition supply if you experience a level of care change. This is a change from one treatment setting to another. Examples of a level of care change include:

  • A discharge from a hospital to you home
  • Anyone that has ended their skilled nursing stay
  • Anyone that has ended a stay in a long term care facility and returns to the community
  • A discharge from a psychiatric hospital

It is important that you understand that the transition fill is a temporary supply of this drug. Before this supply ends, you should speak to our Plan and/or your physician regarding whether you should change the drug(s) you are currently taking, or request an exception from our Plan to continue coverage of the drug. You, your authorized representative or your provider can ask for an exception request.

To access additional information on the coverage determination and exception process, click here.

If you have any questions regarding the transition process or your temporary supply you may call us at 1-800-656-8991 (TTY: 711) 7 days a week, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Health Choice Generations Medication Therapy Management Program

What is the Medication Therapy Management Program (MTMP)?

The MTMP program is designed to improve the way Health Choice Generations members take their medication. The plan works with doctors and pharmacists to make sure members get the most medically appropriate, safe and cost-effective medications.

This process has two goals:

  • To get you the prescriptions you need, even if they are not on the list of drugs the plan covers.
  • To protect you from drug interactions that might harm you.

MTM programs can help identify potential errors and gaps in your medical care; help reduce the risk of medication errors; provide current information on medical practices to help you and your doctor decide the best treatment; and help you understand your condition and medications so you can take an active role in managing your healthcare.

Generally, people who are enrolled in an MTM program take multiple medications; have chronic illnesses or diseases; or have high drug costs.

The voluntary program is free to all Health Choice Generations members who meet eligibility requirements. It is not a benefit of Health Choice Generations plan.

This is a sample of the Personal Medication List that is part of the MTM program. If you would like a blank copy or have questions, please call our customer service department at 800-656-8991, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Sample Personal Medication List

How do I enroll and what happens in the MTM program?

Health Choice Generations members will be sent a questionnaire to fill out and return or they can call Member Services to ask about the program or enroll. Members could also receive a call from a Health Choice Generations Case Management nurse. If a member is contacted, we hope you will join the MTM program.

The information will be sent to the Health Choice Generations Medical Management department who will review the medical information and medications take by the member for interactions, appropriateness and compliance. This review could take some time so please do not be alarmed if you do not hear from a Health Choice Generations representative right away. The Medical Management team will then contact the member and enroll them into the MTM program.

If Health Choice Generations identities any emergent or urgent issues they will be discussed with the member and/or the member’s physician for immediate action. Follow-up calls will be scheduled as needed with a call at least every 6 months.

You will be enrolled through the calendar year and can be involved every year that you meet the eligibility requirements.

Long term care (LTC) members who meet eligibility will be sent a letter without a questionnaire and auto-enrolled into the MTM program. The LTC members will be sent information in the mail along with an 800 number to call if they have any questions about their medications or the information that was sent to them.

How would a member disenroll?

  • A member or a member’s caregiver or physician may disenroll from the MTM program at anytime. Please give our member services department a call at 1-800-656-8991 (TTY 711), 7 days a week from 8 am to 8pm to get information on how to do this. A discharge from a hospital to you home
  • Anyone that has ended their skilled nursing stay
  • Anyone that has ended a stay in a long term care facility and returns to the community
  • A discharge from a psychiatric hospital

It is important that you understand that the transition fill is a temporary supply of this drug. Before this supply ends, you should speak to our Plan and/or your physician regarding whether you should change the drug(s) you are currently taking, or request an exception from our Plan to continue coverage of the drug. You, your authorized representative or your provider can ask for an exception request.

To access additional information on the coverage determination and exception process, click here.

If you have any questions regarding the transition process or your temporary supply you may call us at 1-800-656-8991 (TTY: 711) 7 days a week, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

When can you use a pharmacy that is not in the plan’s
network?

Your prescription may be covered in certain situations

Generally, we cover drugs filled at an out-of-network pharmacy only when you are not able to
use a network pharmacy. If you cannot use a network pharmacy, here are the circumstances
when we would cover prescriptions filled at an out-of-network pharmacy:

  • Health Choice Generations will cover prescriptions that are filled at an out-of-network
    pharmacy if the prescriptions are related to the care for a medical emergency or urgently
    needed care.
  • If you are traveling within the U.S. but outside of the Plan’s coverage area, you become
    ill, or lose or run out of your prescription drugs, we will cover prescriptions that are filled
    at an out-of-network pharmacy if a network pharmacy is not available.

In these situations, please check first with Member Services to see if there is a network
pharmacy nearby. (Phone numbers for Member Services are printed on the back cover of this
booklet.) You may be required to pay the difference between what you pay for the drug at the
out-of-network pharmacy and the cost that we would cover at an in-network pharmacy.

How do you ask for reimbursement from the plan?

If you must use an out-of-network pharmacy, you will generally have to pay the full cost (rather
than your normal share of the cost) at the time you fill your prescription. You can ask us to
reimburse you for our share of the cost. Please review to the Evidence of Coverage document for further details.



H5587_2017_40 CMS approved 11/11/2016 Updated 11/14/2016

 

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