Louisiana spending on Medicaid prescription drugs questioned
BATON ROUGE- Louisiana appears to be shelling out millions for Medicaid patients' prescription drugs above the reimbursement paid to pharmacists, dollars pocketed by private companies managing the care.
A legislatively-created task force searching for waste in Louisiana's Medicaid program wants more details on how those deals work - and how much money is steered to middle-managers above what the pharmacists receive.
The task force sent a letter to the health department Wednesday questioning whether pharmacists are getting low Medicaid reimbursements to help boost profits for private companies that coordinate health services for 90 percent of Louisiana's Medicaid patients.
A recent independent audit done for the Department of Health identified at least $42 million in drug charges for Medicaid patients that were kept by private companies after pharmacists were paid for filling prescriptions.