Blue Review
A newsletter for physician, professional, facility, ancillary and Medicaid providers

January 2018

Pharmacy Benefit Tips

For Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) members with prescription drug benefits administered by Prime Therapeutics®, BCBSTX employs many industry-standard management strategies to ensure appropriate utilization of prescription drugs. These strategies can include drug list management, benefit design modeling, specialty pharmacy benefits, clinical programs, among others. BCBSTX providers can assist in this effort by:

  1. Prescribing drugs listed on the drug list

    BCBSTX drug lists are provided as a guide to help in the selection of cost-effective drug therapy. Every major drug class is covered, although many of the drug lists cover most generics and fewer brand name drugs. The lists also provide members with criteria for how drugs are selected, coverage considerations and dispensing limits. While these drug lists are a tool to help members maximize their prescription drug benefits, the final decision about what medications should be prescribed is between the health care provider and the patient.

    BCBSTX drug lists are regularly updated and can be found on the Pharmacy Program page on the BCBSTX provider website.

    Note: For members with Medicare Part D or Medicaid coverage, the drug lists can be found on the plan’s website:

  2. Reminding patients of covered preventive medications

    Many BCBSTX health plans include coverage at no cost to the member for certain prescription drugs, women’s contraceptive products and over-the-counter medicines used for preventive care services.*

  3. Submitting necessary prior authorization requests

    For some medications, the member’s plan may require certain criteria to be met before prescription drug coverage may be approved. You will need to complete the necessary prior authorization request and submit it to BCBSTX. More information about these requirements can be found on the Pharmacy Program page on the BCBSTX provider website.

  4. Assisting members with drug list exceptions

    If the medication you wish to prescribe is not on your patient’s drug list or the preventive care lists, a drug list exception can be requested. You can call the customer service number on the member’s ID card to start the process, or complete the online form.

Visit the Pharmacy Program page for more information.