Meet CVS: Emotionally Abusive Schoolyard Bully
October 15, 2020
The schoolyard bully doesn’t like it when the other kids finally stand up for themselves.
Such was the case this week when CVS Health posted a 4-paragraph response to losing the $400 million State of Louisiana employee and retiree pharmacy benefits contract.
With zero irony, the largest health company in the U.S. complained on their LinkedIn page:
“By inserting themselves in the state’s process of selecting a firm to manage prescription drug coverage … special interest groups representing Louisiana’s independent pharmacists attempted to line their own pockets at the expense of the state’s taxpayers, employees, and retirees …"
The problem wasn’t that “special interest groups” inserted themselves into the process. Procurement was complete by the time Louisiana’s Office of Group Benefits submitted the CVS Health contract to the State Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget (JLCB) for approval, citing an “emergency.”
The problem was there wasn’t an emergency.
Pharmacy Red Tape Gets In The Way of Healthcare
Salt Lake Tribune
October 12, 2020
I help people. That’s what I do. I’ve been a practicing nurse since 1986 and a nurse practitioner for the past 11 years. I’ve watched the health care profession entirely change when the coronavirus emerged.
Suddenly, nurse practitioners like me are in the spotlight, on the front line, rather than quietly doing our jobs in the background. Many of the nurse practitioners I know would rather be doing our work one patient or family at a time, rather than in public. But, now that NPs are more visible, I have a few recommendations that I think could make a positive change for all of us.
We’ve all seen the landscape of health care change significantly. The bureaucracy. The paperwork. The insurance red tape. All the ever-changing mandates and regulations and loopholes that lead patients to view health care as a burden. We all feel the frustration rather than feeling, well, healthy.
Which brings me to the local change. In my practice, I have come to dread the words “pharmacy benefit manager.”