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Ohio places moratorium on PBM audits amid COVID-19 pandemic

Ohio Department of InsuranceAmid the COVID-19 outbreak, OPA has received several reports from pharmacists that insurers and PBMs have continued to conduct audits on prescription records at pharmacies amidst their efforts to scramble to provide necessary care during this unprecedented pandemic.

Amidst this period of disruption, these audits have no place, and they waste precious time and resources.

This week, OPA submitted several requests to Governor Mike DeWine to help pharmacists raise the standard of care and keep patients safe during the emergency pandemic, including a request for the state to put a moratorium on these PBM audits and postpone them until after the high points of this pandemic have passed.

We would like to thank Governor DeWine and Ohio Department of Insurance Director Jillian Froment for suspending all PBM audits in Ohio effective March 20, 2020, until the declared emergency is lifted. For complete details on the audit suspension, click here.

For more information on OPA's efforts to protect pharmacists, pharmacy staff, and the public, click here. To visit OPA's COVID-19 resource page, click here.

Stay tuned for more updates.

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