Express Scripts to roll out innovative pilot program

Starting this fall, Express Scripts will launch a 12-month pilot for a performance-based community pharmacy network. 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.

Starting this fall, Express Scripts will launch a 12-month pilot for a performance-based community pharmacy network. 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. Express Scripts will work with each participating pharmacies to provide them with the necessary tools, such as allowing them to track their performance and identify gaps in care via a web portal. Retailers will compete against each other in the network pilot, thus incentivizing them to improve their performance through relative assessment, rather than predefined benchmarks. For this pilot, participating plan sponsors will have the ability to select the four therapy classes where they would like to see an improvement in medication adherence that will be used to measure each pharmacy's performance. "Pharmacists are one of the most trusted of all health care professionals and their frequent interactions with our members present enormous opportunities to positively impact patient health," said Amy Bricker, president, Supply Chain, Express Scripts. "We have supported quality-based retail network for Medicare plans for several years now, and this new pilot will draw from that experience, as well as our strong relationships with the pharmacies in our networks, to test the impact of this innovative, value-driven network for commercial plan sponsors."