Almost 15,000 independent pharmacies can now rejoin the Tricare network

Almost 15,000 independent pharmacies can now rejoin Tricare‘s retail pharmacy network, in today’s bite-sized hospital and healthcare industry news from the District of Columbia, Maryland, Minnesota and South Dakota.

  • District of Columbia: Nearly 15,000 independent pharmacies will be given the opportunity to rejoin Tricare’s retail pharmacy network. Corresponding Express Scripts Officials, the move is in response to Kroger‘s Sept. 30 announcement that 2,200 dispensaries in 35 states would exit the network. As of October 24, 14,963 out of 55,586 retail pharmacies left the Tricare network — a loss that affected an estimated 400,000 beneficiaries National Association of Community Pharmacists. “We are constantly evaluating ways to increase access and choice for those we serve. Due to Kroger’s recent announcement that they will no longer be part of the Tricare pharmacy network, independent pharmacies that declined our previous invitation will be given another chance to consider participation,” said Tom Jenkins, VP of Account Management at Express Scripts Department of Defense programs. Beneficiaries using pharmacies outside the network must pay the full price for their medication and then request a refund. “Even without Kroger’s participation, almost all Tricare beneficiaries have a pharmacy on the network within 15 minutes’ drive of their home, but we’re always working to offer our members more choice and look forward to welcoming more independent pharmacies back to the network.” network,” Jenkins added. (Jowers, military time14.11.)
  • Maryland: CMS published three voluntary examples of wide, tall, and plain formats on Monday to help hospitals meet a federal requirement to make certain standard changes available to the public in a machine-readable file. In addition, CMS published a sample data dictionary for both wide and portrait formats. (AHA News15.11.)
  • Minnesota/South Dakota: sanford health and Fairview Health Services announced on Tuesday that they had signed a memorandum of understanding to build a $14 billion healthcare system. Under the terms of the agreement, Sanford Health would have access to a key metropolitan market in the Twin Cities, including the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. “We are confident that we can bring together an organization with deep-rooted expertise in delivering rural healthcare with an organization with deep expertise in delivering metro and city committee care to better serve patients,” Sanford said Health President and CEO Bill Gassen. As part of the transaction, which is expected to close in 2023, Gassen would lead the combined company as Sanford Health as President and CEO. Upon closing of the deal, James Hereford, CEO of Fairview Health, would be co-CEO for one year. Both companies would retain their regional presence, leadership and boards in their markets. (Kacik, Modern healthcare1.11