Excellus BlueCross BlueShield now offers a new option to members who want to save time and/or money when filling their monthly prescriptions, according to a press release from the organization.
Individuals who have Excellus BlueCross BlueShield prescription drug coverage can now have those prescriptions filled at Wegmans, with free home delivery.
Members can fill prescriptions by phone, or online, and have them delivered to their homes for free in five to 10 business days, officials stated.
In addition, Wegmans pharmacists will be available to answer questions, and work with providers on treatment plans.
According to Excellus officials, due to the home delivery of members’ prescriptions:
• Many Excellus BlueCross BlueShield members will save money on their medications.
• Savings will vary, depending on the member’s prescription drug benefit, but many members have a home delivery benefit through which they’ll save up to 33 percent on most prescriptions.
• Additionally, Wegmans will conveniently deliver a 90-day supply of medication directly to members’ homes, anywhere in the United States, with no charge for shipping.
“This new alternative to prescription delivery helps us meet a corporate goal of improving the health and wellness of our community,” said Mona Chitre, Pharm.D, vice president and chief pharmacy officer, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.
“Some individuals who don’t have time to visit the pharmacy, or forget to fill their prescriptions, may benefit from home delivery, whereas others may prefer the face-to-face relationship they have with their retail pharmacist,” she added. “We want to offer members as many options as possible, so that they will be sure to take their medications as directed by their doctor or pharmacist.”
Home delivery may be ideal for individuals who take prescription medications on a continuing basis, Chitre said.
According to the press release, a study by the Journal of Managed Care and Specialty Pharmacy showed that Medicare Part D beneficiaries who received medications for diabetes, hypertension or high blood pressure from a home delivery pharmacy were more likely to take their medication as directed, than those who picked up their prescriptions from a retail pharmacy.
In addition, according to a recent Excellus BlueCross BlueShield report, about one-third of upstate New York adults who have high cholesterol, don’t take their prescribed medication as directed, the press release said.
As a result, these individuals are more likely to get sick and require hospitalization.
“We are very excited to partner with Excellus BlueCross BlueShield to provide this new option to their members, who will now be able to rely on Wegmans for the savings that home delivery allows,” stated Wegmans Manager of Managed Care, Jack Coultry, R.Ph. “We are a full-service pharmacy provider for our customers. An added benefit, for us and for these patients, is that we will now have a complete profile of all their prescription medications, not just those that are filled in the store.”
To enroll in Wegmans home delivery, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield members may: Call a Wegmans Home Delivery Representative at 1-800-586-6910 (Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 9 p.m., Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.)
For more information about the importance of medication adherence: Visit ExcellusBCBS.com/TakeAsDirected, or go to ExcellusBCBS.com/FactSheets for reports on the topic.