Access our Pharmacy System
Members can register and login to our Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) system by going to OptumRx.com. This site allows members to search for pharmacy locations, price pharmacy claims, order mail order refills, determine generic availability for your medication, lookup drug interactions and side effects.
Pharmacy Network Information
America’s 1st Choice of South Carolina, Inc. uses a network of pharmacies that is equal to or exceeds CMS requirements for pharmacy access in your area. America’s 1st Choice of South Carolina, Inc. has 1207 pharmacies in their network. These pharmacies are contracted through our Pharmacy Benefit Administrator, Spectral Solutions.
You can get prescription drugs shipped to your home through our network mail order delivery service. If you need your medication immediately, have your doctor write 2 prescriptions. One prescription should be written for up to a 14 day supply. This prescription should be filled at your local retail pharmacy. The second prescription for the extended day’s supply should be mailed to the mail order pharmacy. If your prescription is already at the mail order pharmacy, you can ask them to send the prescriptions for next day delivery or 2 day delivery. There may be additional charges for this service.
If you utilize AssuredRX please call 1-888-987-9977, TTY/TDD users 711, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. Or, if you utilize Catamaran Home Delivery please call 1-800-763-0044, TTY/TDD users 711, 7:00AM to 10:00PM, Monday through Friday, and 8:00AM to 6:30PM Saturdays. Typically, you should expect to receive your prescription drugs within 7 days from the time that the mail order pharmacy receives the order. If you do not receive your prescription drug(s) within this time, please contact us at America’s 1st Choice of South Carolina, Inc.’s Member Services at 1-888-563-3289. or, for TTY/TDD users 711. From October 1 to March 31, we are open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST. From April 1 to September 30, we are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. EST.
We also list pharmacies that are in our network but are outside our service area. Please contact America’s 1st Choice of South Carolina, Inc. at 1-888-563-3289 (TTY/TDD 711). From October 1 to March 31, we are open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST. From April 1 to September 30, we are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. EST.
To search for a pharmacy, click on the "Pharmacy Network Listing" link below.
Formulary Information (List Of Covered Drugs)
A formulary is a list of drugs covered by your plan to meet patient needs.
To search for a drug, click on the link below. Once the page is opened, select your county and plan. On the search page, type in your drug name or drug category in the “Search” box. You can even download the Formulary in a PDF version.
Formulary Search (Covered Drug List)
Formulary list may change during the year. Updates, if any, will be posted monthly.
- What is a formulary?
- Can the formulary change?
- What about generic drugs?
- What if my drug isn't in the formulary?
Prior Authorization Criteria
- Click here to learn which drugs require Prior Authorization for 2019.
- Click here to find the Prior Authorization and Exception Request form.
Step Therapy Criteria
Drugs with Quantity Limits
What can you do if your drug is not on the Drug List?
CMS Best Available Evidence
For information about the (BAE) policy please contact member services.
Low Income Subsidy (LIS) Information
Grievance & Appeals
Members and providers who have questions about the Grievance and Appeals processes, need the status of a coverage determination or want to receive an aggregate number of grievance, appeals, and exceptions filed with the plan sponsor, please contact Member Services.
- Coverage Determinations & Appeals, Grievances & Exceptions
- Request For Medicare Prescrition Drug Coverage Determination
Appointment of a Representative
The Appointment of Representative Form is located on the CMS Web site.
Beneficiaries and providers may appoint another individual, including an attorney, as their representative in dealings with Medicare, including appeals you file. Form CMS-1696, Appointment of Representative form, must be submitted with the appeal and is valid for one year from the date. The form must be signed by both you and the appointed representative. A representative may be designated at any point in the appeals process. This representative may assist you during the processing of a claim or claims and/or any subsequent appeal. Refer to the CMS Medicare Claims Processing Manual (Pub. 100-04, chapter 29, section 270.1.10) for information on disclosing information to third parties.
The following types of individuals may be appointed to act as representative for a party to an appeal. This list is not exhaustive and is meant for illustrative purposes only:
- Congressional staff members
- Family members of a beneficiary
- Friends or neighbors of a beneficiary
- Members of beneficiary advocacy groups
- Members of provider or supplier advocacy groups
- Physicians or suppliers
The party making the appointment and the individual accepting the appointment must either complete an appointment of representative form (CMS-1696) or use a conforming written instrument. Refer to the CMS Medicare Claims Processing Manual (Pub. 100-04, chapter 29, section 270.1) for required elements of written instruments. You may appoint a representative at any time during the course of an appeal. The representative must sign the CMS-1696 or other conforming written instrument within 30 calendar days of the date the beneficiary or you sign an order for the appointment to be valid. By signing the appointment, the representative indicates his/her acceptance of being appointed as representative.
The CMS-1696 is available for the convenience of the beneficiary or you to use when appointing a representative. Instructions for completing the form:
- The name of the party making the appointment must be clearly legible. For beneficiaries, the Medicare Health Insurance Claim (HIC) number must be provided.
- Completing Section I - 'Appointment of Representative' - A specific individual must be named to act as representative in the first line of this section. A party may not appoint an organization or group to act as representative. The signature, address and phone number of the party making the appointment must be completed and the date it was signed must be entered. Only the beneficiary or the beneficiary’s legal guardian may sign when a beneficiary is making the appointment. If the party making the appointment is the provider or supplier, someone working for or acting as an agent of the provider or supplier must sign and complete this section.
- Completing Section II - 'Acceptance of Appointment' - The name of the individual appointed as representative must always be completed and his/her relationship to the party entered. The individual being appointed must then sign and complete the rest of this section.
- Completing Section III - 'Waiver of Fee for Representation' - This section must be completed when the beneficiary is appointing a provider or supplier as representative and the provider or supplier actually furnished the items or services that are the subject of the appeal.
- Completing Section IV - 'Waiver of Payment for Items or Services at Issue' - This section must be completed when the beneficiary is appointing a provider or supplier who actually furnished the items or services that are the subject of the appeal and involve issues describe in section 1879(a)(2) of the Social Security Act.
If any one of the elements listed above is missing from the appointment, the adjudicator shall contact the party (individual attempting to act as a beneficiary’s representative) and provide a description of the missing documentation or information. Unless the missing information is provided, the prospective appointed representative lacks the authority to act on behalf of the party and is not entitled to obtain or receive any information related to the appeal, including the appeal decision. The adjudicator will not dismiss the appeal request because the appointment of representative is not valid.
Where to Send This Form
Send this form to the same location where you are sending (or have already sent): (1) your appeal if you are filing an appeal, (2) grievance if you are filing a grievance, or (3) initial determination or decision if you are requesting an initial determination or decision.
You can also call the Member Services Department to learn more about how to name your appointed representative.
Drug Utilization Management & Quality Assurance
A major goal as a Medicare Part D contractor is to ensure that our beneficiaries receive safe, high-quality, cost-effective medication therapy. To achieve this goal America’s 1st Choice of South Carolina, Inc. has entered into a contracted agreement with a claims processor to put certain edits in place to promote appropriate medication therapy. These edits help prevent patients from taking drugs that may have harmful interactions, prevent patients from receiving higher than recommended doses of a medication, notify patients of lower cost alternative medications, and provide other safety and efficacy safeguards.
America’s 1st Choice of South Carolina, Inc. uses a Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee which is responsible for the establishment and implementation of medical standards and criteria for the concurrent and retrospective DUR (Drug Utilization Review) programs. It is the goal of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee to improve the quality of care for America’s 1st Choice of South Carolina, Inc. members through the use of drugs, assuring that the drugs are appropriate, medically necessary, and not likely to result in adverse medical effects. The Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee is charged with making recommendations for educational interventions to prescribers and pharmacists to identify and reduce the frequency of patterns of fraud, abuse, gross overuse and inappropriate or medically unnecessary care.
Drug Utilization Management
America’s 1st Choice of South Carolina, Inc. requires participating pharmacies to perform a Drug Utilization Review (DUR) before a member receives their prescription. This is designed to analyze drug safety and usage for members based on their total medication profile. The DUR is an important tool that screens online, as the prescription is being filled, for the following potential problems.
- Drug-Drug Interactions
- Drug-Disease Problems
- Drug-Age Precautions
- Drug-Gender Precautions
- Drug-Pregnancy Precautions
- Drug-Allergy Precautions
- Incorrect Dosage Precautions
- Incorrect Duration of Drug Therapy
- Therapeutic Duplication
- Excessive Use Precautions
- Prescription Limitations
- Compliance Monitoring
The drug utilization review serves as a measure to ensure that drug usage criteria are met and satisfy FDA guidelines, and clinical protocols as adopted by our plan’s Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee, and Medispan’s Criteria. Based on this review, the attending pharmacist and/or physician can make the most beneficial decision to the patient involving their pharmaceutical care.
Quality Assurance America’s 1st Choice of South Carolina, Inc. ensures the safety and health of its members through the establishment of effective Quality Assurance measures and systems. We do this to reduce medication errors and adverse drug reactions, and improve medication utilization. These measures include making sure that providers comply with pharmacy practice standards, drug utilization review, internal medication error identification systems, medical therapy management programs, and pharmacy and therapeutics committees. America’s 1st Choice of South Carolina, Inc. also partners with state Quality Improvement Organizations (QIO) that are contracted with Medicare to collect, analyze, and report data based on medication therapy practices.
What to do if you have a problem or complaint about getting a Part D drug?
To learn more about how to ask for an Exception, a Coverage Determination, Appeal or to make a complaint, click on a link below:
- Coverage Determinations & Appeals, Grievances & Exceptions
- Coverage Determination Request Form
- Redetermination Request Form
- To go to the Coverage Determination Form at the CMS Website please click here.
- To go to the Redetermination Form at the CMS Website please click here.
- CMS Model Electronic Complaint Form
Pharmacy and Part D Disclaimer
Potential for Contract Termination:
America's 1st Choice has a contract with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the government agency that runs Medicare. This contract renews each year. America's 1st Choice is required to notify beneficiaries that it is authorized by law to refuse to renew its contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), that CMS also may refuse to renew the contract, and that termination or non-renewal may result in termination of your enrollment. In addition, the plan may reduce its service area and no longer offer services in the area where you reside. In the event this happens, you will receive advance notice.
Information on aggregate number of grievances , appeals and exceptions
Members can obtain an aggregate number of grievances, appeals and exceptions filed with the plan by calling our customer service department.