Today, I examine pharmacy participation in the 2017 Part D preferred networks. Our analysis shows some pharmacies getting more selective about plan participation.
- For the first time, Walgreens is the most active participant in the major preferred networks. Walmart has pulled back, and CVS and Rite Aid are barely participating as preferred pharmacies.
- The pharmacy services administration organizations (PSAOs), which represent independent pharmacies, appear to be engaged selectively with some plans. Independents are completely absent from almost half of the major plans.
I knocked on more than a few doors to collect this bagful of sweet data. Read on as we empty it to see which plans look sweet—and which might be tricks.