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Pharmacy Services Administrative Organizations (PSAOs) and their Little-Known Connections to Independent Pharmacies

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Response to XIL Consulting’s “Payers and PBMs Profit from Obscure Pharmacy Fees, While Seniors See No Relief in Prescription Costs”

A recent blog (“Payers and PBMs Profit from Obscure Pharmacy Fees, While Seniors See No Relief in Prescription Costs”) suggests performance-based price concessions are retained by PBMs, restrict the growth of independent pharmacies, and inflate Medicare Part D enrollee’s out-of-pocket costs—unfounded suggestions that evidence does not support.[1] Performance-based Pharmacy Reimbursement Saves Taxpayer Dollars and Helps Lower...

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How Pharmacy Networks Could Save Medicare, Medicaid, and Commercial Payers $115 Billion

Over the past twenty years, pharmacy networks have generated significant savings. Today, there is even greater potential savings available through preferred and limited pharmacy network options: Read the Visante pharmacy networks study. Major findings include: Greater use of preferred and limited pharmacy networks generates savings. Greater use of preferred and limited pharmacy networks could save...

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Just the Facts: Pharmacy Direct and Indirect Remuneration Increases Value and Improves Quality

During the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing on “The Fiscal Year 2021 HHS Budget and Oversight of the Coronavirus Outbreak” several inaccurate remarks were made on pharmacy direct and indirect remuneration (DIR). What is Pharmacy DIR? Pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) and Part D plan sponsors use pharmacy DIR to create high-quality, value-based pharmacy networks,...

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Specialty Pharmacy Networks

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New Study: Medicare Preferred Pharmacy Network Plans Offer Lower Average Premiums, Same Quality as Non-Preferred Network Plans

Medicare prescription drug plans (PDPs) using preferred pharmacy networks have lower average premiums and the same or better average quality ratings as plans without preferred networks, according to a new analysis by Avalere Health released today by the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA). The analysis is the first to examine 2014 premiums and star ratings...

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Survey: 85% of Part D Seniors in Preferred Pharmacy Plans are Satisfied With Costs, Pharmacy Choices

  (Washington, DC)— Medicare Part D seniors in plans with preferred pharmacy networks are overwhelmingly satisfied, citing lower costs, convenient access to pharmacies and other benefits, according to a new survey from Hart Research Associates released today by the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA). More than 40% of Part D seniors (9.5 million) are currently...

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New Research: How Pharmacy Networks Could Save Medicare, Medicaid, and Commercial Payers $115 Billion

Over the past twenty years, pharmacy networks have generated significant savings. Today, there is even greater potential savings available through preferred and limited pharmacy network options: Read the Visante pharmacy networks study. Major findings include: Greater use of preferred and limited pharmacy networks generates savings. Greater use of preferred and limited pharmacy networks could save...

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