N.C. Blues Plan Strives for Positive Pharmacy Experience

As Medicare Advantage organizations prepare for patient experience and access measures to take on a larger weight starting with the 2023 Medicare Parts C and D star ratings, MA Prescription Drug (MA-PD) plan sponsors should pay particular attention to customers’ pharmacy experience. Although there are only two Part D measures based on the annual Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) survey — Rating of Drug Plan and Getting Needed Prescription Drugs, which will both move from a weight of 2 to 4 — a patients’ overall experience can be heavily influenced by their ability to obtain a prescription drug. That’s why Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina has taken a multidisciplinary approach to assessing member experience and how it can be affected by the pharmacy benefit.

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Lauren Flynn Kelly Managing Editor, Radar on Medicare Advantage

Lauren has been covering health business issues, including drug benefits and specialty pharmacy, for more than a decade. She served as editor of Drug Benefit News (the predecessor to Radar on Drug Benefits) from 2004 to 2005 and again from 2011 to 2016, and now manages Radar on Medicare Advantage. Lauren graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in English.

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