Pharmacy Resources and Physician Administered Drugs
Physician Administered Drugs / Medical Injectables / Specialty Pharmacy
Specialty medications can be covered under the pharmacy benefit, the medical benefit or both benefits, depending on the benefit structure for the member’s coverage.
Pharmacy benefit medications are typically self-administered by the patient or a caregiver, after filling the prescription through a pharmacy. These medications are labeled for self-administration by the Food and Drug Administration but may require some instruction to the patient or caregiver.
Typically, medications administered orally, topically or through subcutaneous injection by the patient or a caregiver after receiving instruction are covered under the pharmacy benefit.
Medical benefit medications are typically administered and monitored by a health care professional. The medication is administered in a physician’s office, at home, in an ambulatory infusion suite or in an outpatient facility. These medications can be administered by infusion, injection or intramuscularly with the help of an infusion nurse.
Specialty Pharmacy medications can be shipped from a specialty pharmacy directly to a health care setting (i.e., sourced) or a provider may purchase them directly using their standard distribution process (i.e., buy and bill). If the drugs are administered at home, they may be shipped from a specialty pharmacy directly to the member’s home.
Coverage of a requested medication depends on the member’s Medicaid coverage as determined by the State Medicaid agency, and the availability of a specific drug from a network specialty pharmacy may vary.
Medications obtained through a specialty pharmacy will be directly billed to the member’s health plan.
UnitedHealthcare Community Plan administers a Specialty Pharmacy Management Program that provides high-quality, cost-effective care for our members. This program optimizes the patient experience and clinical outcomes by utilizing a network of specialty pharmacies that offer clinical programs which include, but are not limited to, educating and supporting our members concerning their chronic condition(s), promoting medication adherence and reducing the risk of side effects, and promoting multi-disciplinary practice and collaboration to achieve continuity of care.
Our network specialty pharmacies are selected based on their clinical expertise, the quality of clinical management and adherence programs provided, and overall cost of therapy. Specialty pharmacy providers are specifically trained on specialty medications and the conditions they treat and can provide comprehensive clinical services. The contracting/credentialing process ensures consistency with the requirements, the highest level of quality provided to members, and access to all specialty pharmacy medications.
The specialty pharmacies provide patient education and training, not only for the medication, but also the chronic condition being treated. The specialty teams proactively reach out to patients each month prior to refilling their prescription. During this outreach, patients are asked if they have questions about their condition or drugs, and if they would like to speak directly to a clinician. Medication adherence is also checked, with any potential issues identified and addressed. Additionally, their Member Support Services provides patients with access to a clinician trained in their condition and drug therapy 24 hours a day, 7 days week.
Some of the services our network specialty pharmacies offer include:
Expedited delivery to the member’s home or physician’s office
Proper handling and packaging according to the product’s storage requirements, with instructions provided for the member if any refrigeration or special storage conditions exist
Patient-friendly educational material that includes drug information on medication administration and compliance.
New Uniform Prescription Drug Prior Authorization Form
As of January 1, 2019, the State of Louisiana requires all health care providers to use their state-specific form for prescription drug prior authorization requests.
Health care providers should entirely fill out and submit the completed form to the fax number listed on the form. Please include any additional documentation such as clinical notes, lab values, etc. that support your prior authorization request.
NOTE:Any prior authorization requests that are not submitted using the Louisiana Uniform Prescription Drug Prior Authorization Form will be cancelled and the health care provider will be asked to re-submit their request using the correct form.
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