Increasing patient engagement as a tool for improving care and outcomes has been a tough code to crack for the healthcare industry.
As with most drug pricing battles, patients yet again are caught in the crossfire.
PBMs began by providing a huge service to payers, but in recent years, they've begun to suck revenue from pharma manufacturers. Will they take some heat for high drug prices?
As the evidence mounts that high-deductibles don't cause patients to shop or save for healthcare, payers are taking note.
As we continue to debate the proper size and role of government in society, cast your eyes on recent polls by Gallup and Pew that found the majority of Americans felt their income tax was fair.
This time around the M&A moves will be much bigger in scope, promising to reconfigure the complex and fragile healthcare payer/provider/patient ecosystem.
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Consumers younger than the age of 45 were most likely to use an app developed by their health plan.
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What's holding back value-based pricing deals from moving beyond the pilot phase?
CVS Health will remove Lilly's Jardiance in favor of J&J's Invokana.
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Experts say this means drugmakers need to find new ways to communicate the value of their products.
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The drugmaker said it has been forced to provide higher rebates to PBMs and insurers for certain drugs.
A study published in Health Affairs detailed an outcomes-based pilot developed by the drugmaker and Priority Health, a Michigan-based health insurer.
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Spending for inflammatory drugs like AbbVie's Humira and Amgen's Enbrel rose, while hepatitis C drugs showed decline.
The idea is that each gets some of what it needs. Payers gain some control over cost, and pharma may get to stay on formulary.
But have pharma and payers learned enough from earlier pilots to make modern risk-sharing deals work?
One pharmacy director would like to see a lot more comparative data about new therapies.
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Insurers and pharmacy benefit managers already have a sophisticated understanding of clinical data, the industry argued.
But experts say that drug pricing will remain a significant issue for the industry going forward into a non-election year.
The Ways In campaign was UnitedHealthcare's first consumer advertising effort.
The multichannel effort — UnitedHealthcare's inaugural consumer brand advertising campaign — launched in March 2015 with the TV commercial Our Song.
Really? Is this the new healthcare math — the fewer the insurance companies, the greater the competition and the lower the premiums?
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