WHI Downtime – Walgreens again screws over everyone.

Turns out that Walgreens Health Initative (http://www.walgreenshealth.com not Walgreens the Retail Outlet. Same Bat-Time, different Bat-Channel) decided to do a “system upgrade” on a Monday that resulted in downtime all of Monday and Tuesday.
Gee. You would think that with their bazillions of dollars they are making (since they pay us retail folk jack-and-shit) they wouldn’t be down for a whole 2 days. Furthermore, you would expect that they would do a “systems upgrade” at like 2am on saturday morning when all sane pharmacies are closed.
But no, I had to deal with a huge stack of claims that needed to be billed today because WHI screwed the pooch and decided to take themselves out of pharmacy gene pool for a whole 2 days.
Sorry this isn’t very angry’ish. However I will leave you with a bit of fun information. Take your usual Gin and Tonic. Now instead of drinking it right away, put a slice of cucumber in it. Now sip and taste the wonderfulness. Some chap from Australia dropped me that note, its magical.

13 thoughts on “WHI Downtime – Walgreens again screws over everyone.”

  1. Most systems upgrades require at least a 24 hour shutdown for upgrade and immediate debugging purposes. However you are right most sane people will do it in the early morning hours when most places are shut down. But this makes too much sense and as I’m sure you know by now anything that makes sense normally does not happen.

  2. ESI has been doing the same thing this week in MO. What do you do in this situation? We used to charge the last copay paid and then resubmitted after they were back up. Now we charge the patient cash price (slightly elevated over what ESI paid) and make them come back to get their copay refund. We are starting to use the theory that nothing is going to change with these processors unless the patient feels the pain. I’m tired of covering collective asses and possibly taking a hit for it. What do you think?

  3. Damn, you were only down for 2 days? We were down for almost 3 days, and it was hit or miss since last Wednesday. Tricare, too. You can’t even get anyone to answer the phone over there lately! And how we handle it is that if the pt wants to get it right that min, she pays cash and she can bring the receipt back for a refund w/in 7 days. If they want to wait, then we just leave it on retry till it goes thru. Though it is really depressing to see almost 2 whole pages of retry.

  4. Thank god. I thought I was the only person going through that hell last week. Plus with Tricare going up and down for a week, it makes me want to punch someone

  5. Yeah, I had about 3 claims that we were trying to submit on tuesday I believe…
    Man, we had to guess the price of their meds…and put that as the copay…and eat the loss if they happen to be in the donut hole.

  6. Yeah it was a pain in the ass!! And us saps who actually WORK for walgreens have to call them everytime they go down to see what peoples co-pays are.. oh when they go down they take us all down with them. I had to have a prescription filled for myself that day and us employees don’t even have whi and ours were timing out too! They aren’t very helpful there either they were like oh well we can’t do anything because the whole system is down. Oh thanks so now I have NO idea what to charge these people so if we lose money guess what so do you assholes!!!

  7. yes! this whole computer issue happened to me too–tricare and all insurances!! grr!! I wanted to cry. I am a new pharmacist right out of school and working at walgreens, and I didn’t know what the hell to do last week. then–to top it all off, our entire hard drive (yes, hard drive!!) crashed on Friday. we lost our entire work queue and it still isn’t back up…I’m about to pull my hair out.

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