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2017 Formularies

Samaritan Advantage Premier, Premier Plus, and Special Needs Plan HMOs use a comprehensive formulary. A comprehensive formulary is a complete list of drugs covered by your plan to meet patient needs. Covered drugs include specialty drugs, brand name drugs and generic drugs. Generic drugs have the same active-ingredient formula as a brand name drug. Generic drugs usually cost less than brand name drugs and are rated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be as safe and effective as brand name drugs

Formularies Are Updated Throughout the Year
The most recent formulary documents are found below.These formularies do not contain the names of all medications available in the market. If your medication is not listed, please contact Customer Service for assistance. You can contact the plan for the most recent list of drugs at 1-800-832-4580 (TTY 1-800-735-2900), from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Adobe Reader Search Tips 
Once you have opened the link to the Formulary found below, you can search the document for a specific prescription drug. Just hold down the Ctrl + f keys on your keyboard to use the “Find” function within Adobe Reader, then type in the name of the drug you are seeking. 

2017 Premier Plan Formulary
2017 Premier Plan Plus Formulary
2017 Special Needs Plan Formulary

Use Network Pharmacies

In general, beneficiaries must use network pharmacies to access their prescription drug benefit, except in non-routine circumstances. Quantity limitations and restrictions may apply.

Prior Authorization, Quantity Limits and Step Therapy Criteria May Apply

Some prescription drugs are subject to restrictions:

  • Prior Authorization - Requires you or your physician to get prior authorization for certain drugs. This means that you will need to get approval from our plan before you fill your prescriptions. If you don’t get approval, our plan may not cover the drug.
  • Quantity Limits - For certain drugs, there are limits to the amount of the drug that the plan will cover.
  • Step Therapy - In some cases, the plan requires you to first try certain drugs to treat your medical condition before we will cover another drug for that condition.

2017 Formulary Prior Authorization Requirements for Premier and Premier Plan Plus
2017 Formulary Prior Authorization Requirements for Special Needs Plan
2017 Formulary Quantity Limits for Premier and Premier Plan Plus
2017 Formulary Quantity Limits for Special Needs Plan
2017 Formulary Step Therapy Criteria for Premier and Premier Plan Plus
2017 Formulary Step Therapy Criteria for Special Needs Plan

A Temporary Supply of Your Drug May Be Available

If you are currently taking a drug that is not on our formulary or subject to additional requirements or limits, you may be able to get a temporary supply of the drug. You can contact Samaritan Advantage Customer Service to obtain more information on how to request an exception or switch to an alternative drug listed on our formulary with your physician’s help.

Important Notice Regarding Discounts

A change in the law requires companies that make brand-name prescription drugs to give a discount on those drugs to Medicare. Beginning January 1, 2011, prescription drugs made and sold by companies that have not agreed to give a discount to Medicare can no longer be covered (paid for) by Medicare Prescription Drug Plans.

For additional help, visit the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Finder at www.medicare.gov.

Extra Help with Prescription Drug Costs Is Available

You may be able to get Extra Help to pay for your prescription drug premiums and costs. To see if you qualify for Extra Help, call: 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048, 24 hours a day/7 days a week; the Social Security Office at 1-800-772-1213 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. TTY users should call 1-800-325-0778; or your State Medicaid office.

2017 Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Co-Pays and Gap Coverage

Samaritan Advantage’s Premier and Premier Plus HMO Plans combine a prescription drug plan with a medical benefits package that covers more than original Medicare with less out-of-pocket expenses for you.

  Premier Plan HMO Premier Plan Plus HMO
Part D Prescription Drugs

$3 co-pay:
     Enalapril,Lisinopril (high blood pressure)
     Lovastatin, Simvastatin (high cholesterol)
     Glipizide, Glyburide, Metformin (diabetes)

Maximum $9 co-pay generic
Maximum $47 co-pay preferred brand
45% coinsurance non-preferred
33% coinsurance for specialty drugs

$3 co-pay:
     Enalapril,Lisinopril (high blood pressure)
     Lovastatin, Simvastatin (high cholesterol)
     Glipizide, Glyburide, Metformin (diabetes)

Maximum $9 co-pay generic
Maximum $47 co-pay preferred brand
45% coinsurance non-preferred
33% coinsurance for specialty drugs

Gap Coverage NO ADDITIONAL COVERAGE
You receive Medicare’s discount for generics and brand drugs once your total drug spend reaches $3,700.

After you have spent $4,950 out-of-pocket, you will pay the greater of: $3.30 and $8.25 co-pays or 5% coinsurance.
EXTRA COVERAGE FOR GENERICS
You pay a maximum $9 co-pay for generics or Medicare’s discounted cost for generics (whichever is less) and receive Medicare’s discount for brand drugs once your total drug spend reaches $3,700.

After you have spent $4,950 out-of-pocket, you will pay the greater of: $3.30 and $8.25 co-pays or 5% coinsurance.

Our Network Pharmacies

A network pharmacy is one that we have made arrangements for them to provide prescription drugs to plan members. These pharmacies are where members can obtain prescription drug benefits provided by Samaritan Advantage Premier, Premier Plus, and Special Needs HMO Plans. Samaritan Health Plans has an arrangement with pharmacies all across the United States, which consists of approximately 90 percent of pharmacies. This equals or exceeds Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements for pharmacy access in your area. In most cases, your prescriptions are covered if they are filled at a network pharmacy. Quantity limitations and restrictions may apply.

ADOBE READER SEARCH TIPS for your Pharmacy Directory
Once you have opened the link to the Pharmacy Directory found below, you can search the document for a specific network pharmacy. Just hold down the Crtl + f keys on your keyboard to use the “Find” function within Adobe Reader, then type in the name of the facility or provider you are seeking. 

2017 Pharmacy Directory  

We also list pharmacies that are in our network but are outside our geographic area. Please contact Samaritan Advantage at 541-768-4550, 1-800-832-4580, TTY users must use 1-800-735-2900, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, for additional information.

Once you go to a network pharmacy, you are not required to continue going to the same pharmacy to fill your prescription, you can go to any of our network pharmacies.

Out-of-Network Coverage

In general, beneficiaries must use network pharmacies to access their prescription drug benefit, except in non-routine circumstances. We will cover your prescription at an out-of-network pharmacy if at least one of the following applies:

  • If you are unable to obtain a covered drug in a timely manner within our service area because there is no network pharmacy within a reasonable driving distance that provides 24 hour service.
  • If you are trying to fill a prescription drug that is not regularly stocked at an accessible network retail pharmacy (including high cost and unique drugs).
  • If you are getting a vaccine that is medically necessary but not covered by Medicare Part B and some covered drugs that are administered in your doctor’s office.

Before you fill your prescription in any of these situations, call Customer Service at 541-768-4550 or 1-800-832-4580 (TTY 1-800-735-2900), from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, to see if there is a network pharmacy in your area where you can fill your prescription.

If you do go to an out-of-network pharmacy for the reasons listed above, you will have to pay the full cost (rather than paying just your co-payment) when you fill your prescription. You can ask us to reimburse you for our share of the cost by submitting this form:

Prescription Claim Form

If you go to an out-of-network pharmacy, you may be responsible for paying the difference between what we would pay for a prescription filled at an in-network pharmacy and what the out-of-network pharmacy charged for your prescription.

Be Sure to Plan Ahead, Use Network Pharmacies When You Travel

In general, beneficiaries must use network pharmacies to access their prescription drug benefit, except in non-routine circumstances. Quantity limitations and restrictions may apply. If you take a prescription drug on a regular basis and you are going on a trip, be sure to check your supply of the drug before you leave. When possible, take along all the medication you will need.

If you are traveling within the United States and territories and become ill, lose or run out of your prescription drugs, we will cover prescriptions that are filled at an out-of network pharmacy. In this situation, you will have to pay the full cost (rather than paying just your co-payment) when you fill your prescription.You can ask us to reimburse you for our share of the cost by submitting a this form:

Prescription Reimbursement Form

If you go to an out-of-network pharmacy, you may be responsible for paying the difference between what we would pay for a prescription filled at an in-network pharmacy and what the out-of-network pharmacy charged for your prescription.

You can also call Customer Service, to find out if there is a network pharmacy in the area where you are traveling. If there are no network pharmacies in that area, Customer Service may be able to make arrangements for you to get your prescriptions from an out-of-network pharmacy. We cannot pay for any prescriptions that are filled by pharmacies outside of the United States and territories, even for a medical emergency.

Check Your Formulary for Drugs Available Through Mail Order 

For certain kinds of drugs, members can get prescription drugs shipped to their homes through the network mail-order delivery program. The drugs available through our plan’s mail-order service are marked as “mail order” drugs in our formulary. Our plan’s mail-order service requires you to order a 90-day supply.

Local provider

You can order your prescriptions for rapid mail delivery from Samaritan Health Services.

Prescription Mail Order: Use this form when you have a written prescription that you are mailing to Samaritan Health Services. Once a pharmacy receives an order, it can take up to one week for mail order drugs to be delivered.

Samaritan Pharmacy Services FAX Order Form: Provide this form to your physician to fax your prescription to Samaritan Health Services.

Samaritan Pharmacy Services Prescription Transfer Request: Use this form to conveniently transfer all your prescriptions to Samaritan Health Services. We will contact the pharmacies you list on the form for you and have the prescriptions transferred.

Medication Review with Our Clinical Pharmacist

Sit down with our pharmacist for a personal and confidential review that will help you determine the best approach for managing your prescription medications. As an added benefit, you will receive a Personal Medication Record developed by the pharmacist to ensure that you receive quality medication services from your health providers, and to help you self-manage your drug regimen. Contact our Customer Services at 541-768-4550 or toll free at 1-800-832-4580 (TTY 1-800-735-2900), 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, to schedule your review.

Special Program for Members with Multiple Prescriptions, High Drug Costs, or Chronic Diseases

If you are a member who takes many prescription drugs, or who has high drug costs or chronic diseases, you could be eligible for the Samaritan Advantage Health Plan HMO medication therapy management (MTM) program. Our program is designed by a team of pharmacists and physicians to ensure that you are receiving the appropriate drugs to treat your medical condition. This is a free service for eligible members.

Our MTM Program is designed to ensure that covered Part D drugs prescribed to targeted beneficiaries are appropriately used to optimize therapeutic outcomes through improved medication use. We also want to reduce the risk of adverse events, including adverse drug interactions for targeted beneficiaries. The program is furnished by our Clinical Pharmacist, Kristel Jordan, RPH, BCPP, distinguished between ambulatory and institutional settings and is developed in cooperation with licensed and practicing pharmacists and physicians

Qualifications

To qualify for MTM, members must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be taking a minimum of eight drugs covered by Medicare Part D
  • Must have a prescription drug spend that is greater than or equal to $3,919 per calendar year
  • Must have a minimum of three chronic diseases that Samaritan Advantage has chosen to monitor, as permitted by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS):
    • Bone Disease-Arthritis-Osteoporosis
    • Bone Disease-Arthritis-Rheumatoid Arthritis
    • Chronic Heart Failure (CHF)
    • Diabetes
    • Dyslipidemia
    • Hypertension
    • Mental Health-Depression
    • Respiratory Disease-Asthma
    • Respiratory Disease-Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
    • HIV/AIDS

Program Details

Each eligible MTM member’s drug information is analyzed for potential drug-drug interactions, possible adverse effects of medications, or gaps in care. Every quarter, we automatically enroll qualified members in our MTM program so they may begin receiving this extra support. Eligible MTM members will receive a letter notifying them that they have been auto-enrolled into the MTM Program.

As an MTM member, you are also eligible to receive a comprehensive medication review. We will offer participation by mail and in some cases by phone. The comprehensive medication review will give you the opportunity to review all of your current medications with a pharmacist. This is a one-on-one conversation by phone that takes about 30 minutes.

After completing the review, you will be mailed a personal medication list and a medication action plan. The list will include your current prescription medications, over-the-counter medications and dietary and herbal supplements. The medication action plan will summarize what you and the pharmacist discussed during the medication review and discussion topics for you and your doctor. We will also conduct ongoing Targeted Medication Reviews and your doctor may be contacted by mail if we identify any issues with your medications.

Members who meet the MTM criteria are requested to participate in the program. Members are allowed to decline this service at any time during the contract year. During the contract year members may enroll into the MTM if they still meet the criteria.

The MTM is not a benefit, but a service provided by Samaritan Advantage. Members are encouraged to contact the plan’s Customer Service department at 1-800-832-4580 (toll free) or TTY 1-800-735-2900 daily from 8 a.m.to 8 p.m.

Additional Requirements for Prescription Drugs

For certain prescription drugs, we have additional requirements for coverage or limits on our coverage. These requirements and limits ensure that our members use these drugs in the most effective way and also help us control drug plan costs. A team of doctors and pharmacists developed these requirements and limits for our Plan to help us to provide quality coverage to our members. Examples of utilization management tools are described below:

Coverage Determinations

We require you to get prior authorization for certain drugs. This means that you, your authorized representative or your provider will need to get approval from us before you fill your prescription. If they don’t get approval, we may not cover the drug.

Quantity Limits

For certain drugs we limit the amount of the drug that we will cover per prescription or for a defined period of time. For example, Samaritan Advantage Premier Plan provides 30 tabs per 30 days per prescription of Brintellix. This may be in addition to a standard one-month or three-month supply. 

Step Therapy

In some cases, we require you to first try one drug to treat your medical condition before we will cover another drug for that condition. For example, if Drug A and Drug B both treat your medical condition, we may require your doctor to prescribe Drug A first. If Drug A does not work for you, then we will cover Drug B.

Generic Substitution

When there is a generic version of a brand-name drug available, our network pharmacies will automatically give you the generic version, unless your doctor has told us that you must take the brand-name drug.

You can find out if your drug is subject to these additional requirements or limits by looking in the formulary. If your drug does have these additional restrictions or limits, you can ask us to make an exception to our coverage rules. For further information regarding how to ask for an exception please refer to the Evidence of Coverage found with enrollment materials.

Drug Transitions for New or Continuing Members

As a new or continuing member in our plan, you may be taking drugs that are not on the formulary (drug list). Or, you may be taking a drug on our formulary but it is restricted in some way. Under certain circumstances, you may be able to get a temporary supply.

You Can Ask Your Doctor to:

  1. Switch you to a different drug that we cover, or
  2. Submit a formulary exception request for us to cover the drug you take.

How to Get a Temporary Supply

To be eligible for a temporary supply you must meet one of the changes listed below:

  • Your drug is no longer on the plan’s formulary drug list.
  • Your drug is now restricted in some way.
  • Be a current member that has an unplanned change due to change in treatment settings. Examples include moving from a hospital to long-term care or skilled nursing, or leaving a skilled nursing facility.
  • Be a new member to the plan.

Long-Term Care Facility (LTC) Residents

For those members who reside in a long-term care (LTC) facility and were in the plan last year or are new to the plan:

We will cover a temporary supply of your drug during the first 90 days of the calendar year (current members) or during the first 90 days of your membership (new members). The total supply will be for a maximum of 91 days. If your prescription is written for fewer days, we will allow multiple fills to provide up to a maximum of 91 days of medication. Please note that the long-term care pharmacy may provide the drug in smaller amounts at a time to prevent waste.

For those members who have been in the plan for more than 90 days and reside in a long-term care (LTC) facility:

We will cover one 31-day supply or less if your prescription is written for fewer days. This is in addition to the above long-term care transition supply.

Contact Us

To request a temporary supply, please call Samaritan Advantage at 1-800-832-4580 (TTY 1-800-735-2900), 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

 

Requesting an Exception to Drug Coverage Rules

You can ask us to make a medication exception to our coverage rules if you are a member of one of our plans that offer prescription drug coverage: the Samaritan Advantage Premier, Premier Plus, and Special Needs Plans (HMO). This includes exceptions for:

  • Covering your drug even if it is not on our formulary.
  • Waiving coverage restrictions or limits on your drug.
  • Providing a higher level of coverage for your drug. (Premier and Premier Plus only)

To request an exception, you, your authorized representative, or the prescribing physician have the following options:

Mail:
Samaritan Advantage Health Plan HMO
P.O Box 1310
Corvallis, OR 97339

Fax:
541-768-9776

Deliver:
Samaritan Health Plans
2300 NW Walnut Blvd., Corvallis
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Expedited Requests

For expedited requests, you or the prescribing physician may call Customer Service at 541-768-4550 or 1-800-832-4580, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. TTY users should call 1-800-735-2900.

Please note: If we grant your request to cover a drug that is not on our formulary, you may not ask us to provide a higher level of coverage for the drug. Generally, we will only approve your request for an exception if the alternative drugs included on the plan’s formulary or the low-tiered drug would not be as effective in treating your condition and/or would cause you to have adverse medical effects.

In order to help us make a decision more quickly, you should include supporting medical information from your doctor when you submit your medication exception request. If we approve your medication exception request, our approval is valid for the remainder of the plan year, so long as your doctor continues to prescribe the drug for you and it continues to be safe and effective for treating your condition. If we deny your medication exception request, you can appeal our decision. For drugs with a Part B versus D administrative prior authorization requirement: This drug may be covered under Medicare Part B or D depending upon the circumstances. Information may need to be submitted describing the use and setting of the drug to make the determination.

When You Want Us to Reconsider a Decision About Your Covered Drugs

A drug coverage redetermination is when you want us to reconsider and change a decision we have made about what drugs are covered for you or what we will pay for a drug. For example, if we deny the request for coverage determination and you think we should cover the medication, you can request a redetermination.

There are two kinds of coverage redeterminations you can request. They are described below.

Expedited Request

You can request an expedited (fast) coverage redetermination for cases that involve coverage, if you or your doctor believes that your health could be seriously harmed by waiting for a standard decision. For expedited requests, you or the prescribing physician may call Customer Service at 541-768-4550 or 1-800-832-4580, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. TTY users should call 1-800-735-2900. If your request to expedite is granted, the reviewer must give you a decision no later than 72 hours after receiving your request.

Standard Request

You can request a standard coverage redetermination for a case that involves coverage or payment for prescription services. You must file a request for coverage redetermination to Samaritan Advantage Health Plan HMO no later than 60 days from the date of the denial. The plan will review your request and make a determination as expeditiously as your health requires, but no later than 7 days from the date of the request.

Please include the following information:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Member ID number
  • The reasons for your request
  • Any evidence you wish to attach

If your request relates to a decision by us to deny a drug that is not on our list of covered drugs (formulary), your prescribing physician must indicate that all the drugs on any tier of our formulary would not be as effective to treat your condition as the requested off-formulary drug or would harm your health. You or your appointed representative should mail your written request to the address below:

Samaritan Advantage Health Plan HMO
Attn: Part D Pharmacy Dept.
PO Box 1310
Corvallis, OR 97339

Drug Redetermination Request Form

Authorized Representative

As a member of Samaritan Advantage Health Plan HMO, you have appeal rights to adverse organization determinations for services requested. You also have the right to appoint any individual (such as a relative, advocate, friend, attorney or any physician) to act as your representative and file an appeal on your behalf.

By appointing a representative to act on your behalf concerning your appeal, you are giving him or her the right to:

  • Obtain information about your claim to the extent consistent with Federal and State laws;
  • Submit evidence;
  • Make statements of fact and law; and
  • Make any request, or give or receive any notice about the appeal proceedings.

To appoint a representative for your Medicare benefits, both you and the representative you’ve assigned must sign, date and complete Medicare’s authorized request form. You must send a copy to Samaritan Advantage Health Plan HMO each time you want the appointed representative to head any of your appeal requests within 60 days of the initial denial for the service requested. Once the form is received by Samaritan Advantage Health Plan HMO, it is considered current for one year. After one year has passed, you must complete a new form if you would like to continue the appointment of that representative.

Low Income Subsidy

If you qualify for the Low Income Subsidy (also called “Extra Help") with your Medicare prescription drug plan costs, your premium and costs at the pharmacy will be lower. When you join one of our plans, Medicare will tell us how much Extra Help you are getting. Then we will let you know the amount you will pay. See the table below for the monthly premiums for the current year.

How to Inquire About Low Income Subsidy

If you are not getting Extra Help, you can see if you qualify by calling Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY users should call 1-800-325-0778) or visit www.socialsecurity.gov.

2017 Monthly Premiums

The following chart outlines the premium amounts based on the various Low Income Subsidy levels.

  Conventional Plan
($72/month)
Premier Plan
($110/month)
Premier Plan Plus
($140/month)
25% Low Income Subsidy (LIS) N/A You pay $101.30* You pay $131.30*
50% Low Income Subsidy (LIS) N/A You pay $92.60* You pay $122.60*
75% Low Income Subsidy (LIS) N/A You pay $83.90* You pay $113.90*
100% Low Income Subsidy (LIS) N/A You pay $75.20* You pay $105.20*

* The premiums listed above include both medical service and prescription drug benefits. These premiums do not include any Medicare Part B premium you may have to pay.

See also the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Best Available Evidence Policy.

In general, beneficiaries must use network pharmacies to access their prescription drug benefit, except in non-routine circumstances. Quantity limitations and restrictions may apply.

 

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Last modified: Oct. 26, 2016

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