New mandate

Specialty pharmacy mandates disrupt patients' necessary and life-saving treatments and disparately impact the providers.

Attention patients and providers! BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee (BCBS-TN) is planning to implement a new policy that will impose major changes on how infusion patients and providers get access to their medications. Here, you can view letters of concern from NICA and many other organizations and agencies advocating on behalf of patients to access their necessary medications in the most cost-effective and safe way possible.

Patients: View our grassroots campaign here to get involved. You’ll be able to fill out a quick form to send a letter to BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and express your concern.

Providers: View our grassroots campaign here to get involved. Express your concern with this specialty pharmacy mandate.

Please read our joint letter with the National Organization of Rheumatology Managers (NORM)

Understand the grave consequences if BCBS-TN implements this mandate.

Read this letter signed by many other trade associations regarding the same concerns for the ramifications of this policy on patient access.

“We have confirmed that this policy change will negatively impact patients’ access to critical treatments.”

Read our press release detailing our support for the letter written by Tennessee delegates in opposition of these mandates.

May 28, 2020

Read the letter from US House of Representatives Tennessee Delegates strongly opposing BCBS-TN's specialty pharmacy mandates.

“As Members of Congress, we have no higher priority than ensuring our constituents have access to high quality health care…”

Read NICA's Letter to Autozone

June 17, 2020

Read NICA's Letter to Dollar General

June 16, 2020

Read NICA's Letter to Cracker Barrel

June 30, 2020

Now what?
Providers...

If you are worried about BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee’s specialty pharmacy mandate and how it will affect your ability to treat your patients and their ability to manage disease, we encourage you to send a letter sharing your concerns.

We have set up a campaign with a general template letter but we encourage you to customize it. You can find that here. Sharing your story and/or explaining how this will directly affect your practice will help your letter have a greater impact. You can find talking points for both patients and providers on that page.

Patients...
What can you do?

Patients can reach out to their HR benefit managers to express concerns with BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee’s decision to implement a specialty pharmacy mandate for their doctors. Download and customize one of our templates – whichever best suits you – to stand up for your rights as a patient and employee.

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