STAT+: Usual and customary? Rite Aid ordered to pay Humana $123 million for inflating pharmacy claims

“This is all enabled by lack of consensus about what drug prices actually are," explained Antonio Ciaccia of 46Brooklyn Research.

Rite Aid was ordered by an arbitrator to pay nearly $123 million to Humana, one of the largest health insurers in the U.S., for an alleged scheme in which the retailer sought reimbursement for prescription drugs at inflated prices.

Many of the nation’s largest drug store chains and health plans have recently gone to court to settle such disputes. Last month, several Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in different states filed a lawsuit against Walgreens Boots Alliance. Two years ago, a different group of Blue Cross and Blue Shields plans filed a complaint against CVS Health and its pharmacy chain.

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