310M/ YR Annualized cost across U.S. hospitals a Total financial impact of operations and resources to manage prescribed medications through white/brown bagging

From white bagging to 340B, Vizient pharmacy experts, government relations experts and our industry pharmacy leaders continuously monitor payer policies and provide insights to support health systems and hospitals with delivery of high-quality care. More information about the Vizient Resource Center for Payer-Initiated Policies is provided below. Vizient members can also access the Vizient Resource Center for Payer-initiated policies.

White bagging 101

What is white bagging? How does this differ from traditional buy-and-bill coverage?

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The impact of white bagging is real and it’s personal. I always try to imagine how I would feel about white bagging, if one of my family members had to experience treatment like this.
Brian Cotter, MS, PRh Senior Director, System Pharmacy Services, University of Maryland Medical System

Pharmacy leaders in action

The Vizient Pharmacy Network Executive Committee and Advocacy subcommittee, representing pharmacy practice leaders from across the U.S., closely follows payer-mandated policies, the Unapproved Drug Initiative and other legislative trends that could significantly impact pharmacy practice at both the state and federal level.

Committee members:

  • Christine Collins, MBA, RPh, Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer, Lifespan
  • Brian Cotter, MS, RPh, Senior Directory, System Pharmacy Services, University of Maryland Medical System
  • Erin Fox, Senior Pharmacy Director, University of Utah Health
  • John Pastor, PharmD, FASHP, FMSHP, System Vice President, Pharmacy and Respiratory Care, M Health Fairview
  • Rita Shane, Pharm.D., FASHP, FCSHP, Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer, Cedars Sinai
  • Deborah Simonson, PharmD, System VP, Pharmacy, Ochsner Health

Health system insights on white bagging

Review our latest report: Survey on the patient care and economic costs of white bagging. This study provides Vizient member insights on the growing trend of white and brown bagging and the impact to health system pharmacies.

White bagging also bypasses many of the patient safety processes health systems have in place for products they regularly purchase such as bar code scanning or smart pump programming.
Erin FoxSenior Pharmacy Director, University of Utah Health

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