Report 2018-124 All Recommendation Responses

Report 2018-124: Gold Coast Health Plan: Its Reimbursements to Pharmacies Are Reasonable, but Its Pharmacy Benefits Manager Did Not Always Process Claims Correctly (Release Date: August 2019)

Recommendation #1 To: Gold Coast Health Plan

To ensure that the public clearly understands the commission's decisions, the commission should report its reasoning for awarding contracts with adequate detail or the legal basis, if any, for choosing not to do so.

60-Day Agency Response

GCHP general counsel developed a policy which will be taken to the October 28, 2019 meeting for commission adoption.

  • Estimated Completion Date: November 30, 2019
  • Response Date: October 2019

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending


Recommendation #2 To: Gold Coast Health Plan

To ensure that it addresses any significant performance issues by its contractors in a timely manner, Gold Coast should establish a process to immediately require contractors to take necessary corrective action to resolve such issues and ensure that they do not recur. This process should include deadlines for implementing the corrective action and the steps Gold Coast must take to ensure that the contractor has implemented the action as directed.

60-Day Agency Response

GCHP has developed a Policy and Procedure to supplement the existing GCHP policies and procedures that are currently in place for delegation oversight.The Policy developed is specific to the PBM.

The Policy is labeled "draft" as GCHP is contractually required to submit the policy and procedure to DHCS for review and approval. The policy is currently under DHCS review. GCHP is currently adhering to the Policy.

  • Completion Date: October 2019
  • Response Date: October 2019

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending

Until DHCS approves the draft policy, we will continue to report the status of this recommendation as not fully implemented.


All Recommendations in 2018-124

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.