Pharmacy Benefits Consulting
At Blue & Co., LLC we are uncommonly independent with a unique and customized approach to find clients the best solution based solely on their goals and objectives and not our sales or revenue goals.
Our team is comprised of pharmacists who have been exposed to all sides of the pharmacy supply chain and work to bring that unique perspective to our clients. Our independent approach allows us to work with all PBMs, both big and small, to find the best solution for the client and their employees.
Meet Our Pharmacy Benefits Expert
Chad Downing RPH,340B ACE, Senior Pharmacy Consultant
Chad Downing is a Senior Pharmacy Consultant with Blue & Co., specializing in pharmacy reimbursements and operations performance. Throughout his 20-year career as a healthcare and pharmacy executive, he has been recognized as a proven leader in operational and financial performance.
Chad earned his Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from Ohio Northern University. He obtained his EMBA from the Quantic School of Business and Technology. He maintains active pharmacy licenses in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. Six Sigma Greenbelt certified. He holds an Apexus Advanced 340B Operations Certificate.
On Friday July 7th, 2023, CMS released a proposed rule outlining a plan to correct and reverse the 340B payment cuts from calendar years (CY) 2018 through 2022. This proposed rule is in response to last years Supreme Court ruling that CMS lacked authority to reduce reimbursement for drugs to average sale price (ASP) minus […]
Great news for 340B hospitals impacted by the reimbursement reductions initiated by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on January 1, 2018. Recently, CMS announced that the 2023 Medicare outpatient payment rates will be restored to rates prior to 2018 for affected hospitals. After many legal debates, court filings, and outcry from hospitals […]
In June, the Supreme Court gave hospitals participating in the 340B Drug Pricing Program a convincing victory ruling unanimously that the U.S. Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) should not have reduced reimbursement for covered outpatient prescription drugs purchased by those hospitals. 340B Hospitals Challenge Payment Rates Hospitals challenged the 2018 and 2019 payment […]
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