AlohaCare Advantage Plus (SNP) Formulary
AlohaCare covers all medically necessary Medicare Part D medications. We use a Formulary, which is a list of the drugs that we prefer our providers to prescribe.
You can search our Drug Finder
to find drugs that are on our Formulary.
Starting January 1, 2023, all AlohaCare members will have $0 copay for any covered drugs under the AlohaCare Advantage Plus. This includes insulin products and any Part D vaccines.
Requests will be presented at CarelonRx's next Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) Committee meeting for review and consideration.
Part D-Excluded Drugs
For members with QUEST Integration (Hawai`i Medicaid) benefits, certain drugs not covered by Medicare (e.g. over-the-counter products) may be covered when benefits are coordinated through the QUEST Integration plan.
Medical Injectables & Infused Drugs
For our member’s convenience and to encourage medication adherence, we cover up to a 100-day supply of maintenance medications. You can search our Drug Finderʻs
AlohaCare Advantage Plus (HMO SNP) Integration "PDF" to find drugs eligible for this extended supply.
See below for a summary of drug recalls and withdrawals:
Please refer to the Provider Advisories page for Drug Safety Communication Alerts.
Some drugs require a coverage determination to explain to us why a specific medication or a certain amount of a medication is needed. An exception for drug coverage can also be requested. We must approve the request before the member can get the medication.
For more details about covered and non-covered drugs, please see the introductory pages to our Formulary PDF document in our Drug Finder
Electronic prior authorization (ePA) is the preferred method for coverage determinations through the Electronic Health Record/Electronic Medical Record (EHR/EMR) system or through one of the following ePA portals:
Alternatively, prescribers can send a Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage Determination form or Physician Administered Drug Request Form that can be found under Pharmacy Forms on the Provider Forms page.
New members enrolling in AlohaCare Advantage Plus may be taking drugs that are not on our Formulary or that are subject to certain restrictions. Current members may also be affected by changes to our Formulary from one year to the next.
- During the first 90 days of new member enrollment, we will cover a one-time temporary 30-day transition supply of a Part D non-formulary drug or a Part D drug that has coverage restrictions.
- During the first 90 days of a new plan year, we will cover a one-time temporary 30-day transition supply for existing users of a Part D non-formulary drug or a Part D drug that has coverage restrictions.
- For residents of a long-term care (LTC) facility (like a nursing home), we will cover a temporary 91- to 98- day transition supply (unless the prescription is written for fewer days). After the transition period has expired for residents of a LTC facility, our policy provides up to a 31-day emergency supply of non-formulary Part D drugs while an exception or prior authorization is requested.
- Transition fills may apply to members with level of care changes at point of sale.
Please consider switching to a preferred alternative on our Formulary, but if that is not clinically appropriate, please submit a coverage determination or exception request.
Pharmacy Clinical Programs and Services
AlohaCare Advantage Plus members with complex health needs may qualify for our Medication Therapy Management (MTM) program. The MTM program is required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as a patient centric and comprehensive approach to improve medication use, reduce the risk of adverse events, and improve medication adherence.
The Medication Therapy Management (MTM) program is a service for members with multiple health conditions and who take multiple medicines. The MTM program helps you and your doctor make sure that your medicines are working to improve your health. To qualify for the MTM program, you must be eligible. Please see below for those details. If you qualify, you will be auto-enrolled into the program and the service is provided at no additional cost to you. You may choose not to participate in the program, but it is recommended that you make use of this free service. The MTM program is offered through our partnership with MedWiseRx, Tabula Rasa HealthCare, SinfoniaRx, a TRHC Solution. The MTM program is not considered a part of the plan's benefit.
You may qualify for the MTM Program if:
- You have 3 or more chronic health problems. These may include:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
- Chronic Heart Failure (CHF)
- End-Stage renal Disease (ESRD)
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- You take 8 or more chronic maintenance medicines covered by Medicare Part D
- You spend $4,935 or more per year in 2023 on Part D covered medications
Additionally, members that are enrolled in their Health Plan's Drug Management Program(s) may be auto-enrolled in the MTM program.
If you qualify for the MTM Program, you will be contacted and have the chance to speak with a highly-trained pharmacist or other health professional. During that call, the pharmacist or other health professional will complete a comprehensive medication review (CMR) of your medicines and talk with you about:
- Any questions or concerns about your prescription or over-the-counter medicines, such as drug safety and cost
- Better understanding your medicines and how to take them
- How to get the most benefit from your medicines
If you qualify for the MTM program, you will receive:
- Welcome letter and/or phone call that tells you how to get started.
- Comprehensive Medication Review (CMR))
- You will have the chance to review your medicines with a highly-trained pharmacist or other health professional. The CMR typically takes about 15-30 minutes, depending on your needs. During this call any issues with your medicines will be discussed.
- The CMR can be scheduled at a convenient time for you.
- The CMR may also be provided in person at your provider’s office, pharmacy, or long-term care facility.
- After you complete the CMR, a summary is mailed to you. The summary includes a medication action plan (MAP) with space for you to take notes or write down any follow-up questions.
- You also will be mailed a personal medication list (PML) that lists all of the medicines that you take and the reasons why you take them.
- We encourage you to share the CMR summary materials with your doctor(s).
- Click here to see an example of the CMR letter.
- Ongoing targeted medication reviews (TMR)
- At least once every 3 months, your medicines will be reviewed.
- If a potential problem is detected, you or your doctor(s) may be contacted by telephone or mail to review.
For information about the MTM Program or to see if you qualify, you can call AlohaCare Member Services at 808-973-6935 or toll-free at 1-866-973-6395; October 1 to March 31, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., 7 days a week; April 1 to September 30, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday. TTY/TDD users call 1-877-447-5990.
AlohaCare wants you to have every opportunity to participate in this program when and where convenient for you. That is why we work with MedWiseRx and other health organizations to provide MTM services on our behalf. One of these organizations may contact you about completing a Comprehensive Medication Review (CMR) or other MTM services.
Partner organizations: MedWiseRx - (1-844-866-3735)
, Monday through Friday, 3 a.m. to 4 p.m., HST. TTY/TDD users, please call 1-800-367-8939 or visit website, medwisehc.com
Quality is important to AlohaCare. Regular use of medications for hypertension, diabetes, and cholesterol help keep these disease states under control and prevent secondary health complications for our members. As a result, we strive to improve our Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Star measures for medication adherence and statin use in persons with diabetes.
Medication Adherence Strategies:
- Prescribe at 100-day supplies of medications for hypertension, diabetes, and cholesterol to decrease the number of trips to the pharmacy for refills.
- Hypertension medications such as angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, angiotensin-receptor blockers (ARBs), and direct renin inhibitors.
- Diabetes medications such as biguanides, sulfonylureas, thiazolidinediones, dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP-4) inhibitors, incretin mimetics, meglitinides, and sodium-glucose transport protein-2 (SGLT-2) inhibitors.
- Cholesterol medications such as statins (atorvastatin, fluvastatin, lovastatin, pravastatin, rosuvastatin, or simvastatin) and statin combinations.
- Encourage mail order or home delivery for patients who have transportation issues. Contact AlohaCare for a list of pharmacies that may offer free delivery to the member’s home or repackage medications to improve adherence.
- Educate patients about the importance of taking their medication(s) at the same time each day. Encourage use of alarms, pill boxes, and/or incorporating taking medicine with a set routine like after brushing teeth.
Statin use in those with Diabetes: Diabetic patients are at a high risk for cardiovascular disease and evidence supports the use of statin therapy in persons with diabetes who are between 40 and 75 years old. For patients taking diabetes medications, please consider adding a 100-day supply of a statin for those not already on statin therapy.
With mail order, members have the convenience of getting up to a 100-day supply of maintenance medications delivered directly to their home.
CarelonRx offers an option that is administered by CarelonRx Mail with Hawai`i-based dispensing overseen by CarelonRx's operational partner, CVS.
To send electronic prescriptions for home delivery/mail order select CarelonRx Mail in your ePrescribing platform. Please note that the pharmacy address will display as Mount Prospect, Illinois, however, the dispensing pharmacy is location on O`ahu.
CarelonRx Mail Phone: 833-203-1742 | Fax: 800-378-0323
To find out if a pharmacy works with AlohaCare, use our online Provider Finder or download the Provider Directory found on the Member Documents page.
Pharmacy Billing Information
BIN: 020388 | PCN: IRXMEDD |GROUP: RX42AD
For coordination of benefits (COB) billing of Medicare Part B claims
(e.g. diabetic testing supplies and nebulizer drugs) and QUEST Integration claims
, bill Medicare plan (AlohaCare member ID starts with MEM) as primary plan and QUEST Integration plan (AlohaCare member ID starts with zeroes) as secondary plan. See the Pharmacy Billing Information section of the QUEST Integration Prescription Drugs webpage
for more details.
LINET is a Medicare program that provides immediate prescription coverage for Medicare beneficiaries who qualify for Medicaid or the Low-Income Subsidy (LIS) and have no prescription drug coverage. Enrollment in LINET is temporary, usually for 1 to 2 months, to provide time to choose a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. For AlohaCare QUEST members who are Medicare-eligible, but not enrolled in a prescription drug plan (confirm by submitting an E1 transaction to Medicare's online eligibility/enrollment system), bill claim using the following: BIN: 015599
| PCN: 005440000
|GROUP: may be blank | Cardholder ID: Medicare Claim Number (include letters) [from Medicare red, white, & blue card]
| Patient ID (optional): Medicaid ID or Social Security Number
For questions about pharmacy processing and claim overrides, contact the IngenioRx Pharmacy Help Desk or visit https://www.caremark.com/pharmacists-medical-professionals.html
.Medicare Primary Billing Payer Sheet
AlohaCare covers partial fills to synchronize medication refills to the same day each month. This only applies to maintenance medications that are normally covered for the member (the medication is on the formulary without restrictions or the member has an active prior authorization) and excludes Schedule II and III controlled substances.
For refill date synchronization, the pharmacy should calculate the days’ supply needed in a partial fill so that future fills of maintenance medications will fall on the same day.
- A daily cost-sharing rate will be applied for a prorated copayment based on the days’ supply dispensed for each medication.
- If a claims reject with NCPDP Reject Code 79 (Refill Too Soon), the pharmacy may override the reject with Submission Clarification Code (SCC) 61 (Synchronization Fill - Shortened Days Supply).
General Resources & Contact Information
|Pharmacy benefit (pharmacy dispensed drugs) prior authorization requests & status inquiries|
CarelonRx Pharmacy Services (Prescribers Only)
- Phone: 1-833-414-2228
- Fax: 1-844-521-6938
- Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week
|Claims processing or overrides|
CarelonRx Medicaid Pharmacy Help Desk (Pharmacies Only)
- Phone Number: 1-833-409-1225
- Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week
|Medical benefit (physician administered drugs) prior authorization request & status inquiries |
AlohaCare Provider Customer Service