VDP Changes Ingredient Cost Calculation, Dispensing Fee Summer 2015

February 18, 2015

Later this year VDP will change how it prices drugs and reimburses pharmacy providers by changing the ingredient cost and dispensing fee. The new rates include ingredient costs that differ by pharmacy type and a dispensing fee formula that contains a variable component.  More about ingredient cost and dispensing fee changes.


Nursing Facility Services Transition to STAR+PLUS

February 2, 2015

Beginning March 1, 2015, people covered by Medicaid who are eligible for STAR+PLUS and live in a nursing facility will get their basic health services and long-term care services through STAR+PLUS.  More about the Nursing Home initiative.

What We Do

The Medicaid/CHIP Vendor Drug Program:

  • Enrolls pharmacy providers that want to provide Medicaid and CHIP services;
  • Manages the State of Texas Medicaid and CHIP formularies;
  • Processes out-patient pharmacy prescription claims for Medicaid fee-for-service, the Texas Women's Health Program, the DSHS Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) Services Program, and the DSHS Kidney Health Care (KHC) program.

Continuing Education

Watch these multi-part guides to learn about dispensing Texas Medicaid prescriptions, DME, and pharmacy prior authorization:

training videos for pharmacists

Training videos for pharmacy staff 

Chapters include Obtaining a Prior Authorization, Dispensing a 72-hour emergency supply, Confirming eligibility, and Durable medical equipment.

training videos for physicians

Training videos for physicians

Chapters include Preferred Drug List, E-Prescribing (E-Rx), and 72-hour Emergency Prescription Claims.

News Highlights

Texas Dual Eligible Integrated Care Project

February 2, 2015

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is proposing a new way to serve people who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid, known as dual eligibles. The goal of the project is to better coordinate the care those individuals receive.  More about the Texas Dual Eligible Integrated Care project.

VDP Field Offices Closing

February 2, 2015

All Vendor Drug Program regional offices will close March 6, 2015.  How to contact the Vendor Drug Program.