Express Scripts launches pilot program for retail pharmacy network
Express Scripts announced the launch of a new, innovative 12-month pilot for a performance-based retail pharmacy network for commercial plans designed to optimize medication therapy, improve medication adherence, and promote better outcomes. The pilot will examine the impact of rewarding pharmacies that fill prescriptions for Express Scripts members and demonstrate a positive improvement on individual members' medication adherence for conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and asthma. The pilot program will launch in fall 2018 and focus on the unique needs of each participating client's patient population. The pilot metrics are recognized by the Pharmacy Quality Alliance and participating pharmacies will be able to track their own performance and identify gaps in care via a web portal. Leveraging actionable data and clinical experience, Express Scripts will work collaboratively with each pharmacy participating in the quality network pilot program to provide them with the necessary tools to measure and guide their performance. Retailers will compete against each other in the network pilot, thus incentivizing them to continuously improve their performance through relative assessment, rather than predefined benchmarks.