Providers Protest Tenn. Blues’ New White Bagging Policy

An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that the program initially was to start Jan. 1 but that the insurer pushed it back to July 1. The program launched Jan. 1, with a six-month transition period ending June 30.

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Inc. has found itself in the news recently but likely not for reasons the health plan might like: The insurer has received tremendous pushback from physicians on its decision to implement a policy requiring them to get provider-administered therapies from specialty pharmacies.

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Angela Maas

Angela has an extensive background of editing, reporting and writing for trade and consumer publications. She has written Radar on Specialty Pharmacy (formerly called Specialty Pharmacy News) since she joined AIS Health in 2005 and has broad knowledge of the various issues at play within the space. Before joining AIS Health, she was managing editor at Employee Benefit News and Employee Benefit News Canada and managing editor at HemAware (a hemophilia publication), Lupus Living and Momentum (a multiple sclerosis publication). She has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in British literature from Arizona State University.

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