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3 considerations for selecting a truly transparent pharmacy benefits partner
While the word “transparency” is commonly used across the PBM industry, the reality is that not all transparency is created equal.
PQA Presents Quality Awards to 24 Medicare Plan Contracts for High Achievement in Medication Quality
- Pharmacy Quality Alliance
The Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) has recognized 24 Medicare plan contracts with a quality award for high achievement or significant improvement in PQA measures of medication safety and appropriate use. The awards are based on published CMS Medicare Part D Star Ratings.
Navitus MedicareRx is recognized with an Excellence in Quality Award for PDPs and Dean Health Plan is recognized with an Excellence in Quality Award for MAPDs.
With Costco Now in its Corner, PBM Navitus Thinks Big
- RADAR on Drug Benefits
Serving just 6.2 million members, Navitus Health Solutions — a PBM owned by St. Louis, Mo.-based integrated health system SSM Health — is hardly one of the industry’s major players. But given that it features a “pass-through” business model in an era when opaque PBM structures are facing scrutiny, and Costco Wholesale Corp. recently purchased a minority stake in the firm, Navitus may be poised for a bigger spotlight.
NW Prescription Drug Consortium announces Moda and Navitus as contractors for their pharmacy benefit
- Oregon Health Authority
The NW Prescription Drug Consortium is pleased to retain Moda as their contracted program administrator and begin using Navitus as their pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) effective January 1, 2022.
Business Group Achieves First-Year Pharmacy Savings
- Milwaukee Business Journal
Employer costs for pharmacy benefits are continuing to increase partly due to the costs of specialty medications, said Jeff Kluever, executive director of the Business Health Care Group. Pharmacy benefit managers, which are third-party administrators of prescription drug programs for insurers, say they reduce those costs but Navitus takes it further by passing along to employers all rebates and discounts.
The Slow Reveal
- Managed Care Magazine
Rebates have created pay-to-play dynamics. Employers facing high drug costs have “rebate addiction.” And the impressive “rebate guarantees” are hard to resist. But at least the process of how drugs get formulary placement is becoming clearer, and some PBMs have moved to charging administrative fees only.
Small PBMs Urge Congress: Don't Kill Rebates
- Healthcare Dive
Smaller pharmacy benefit management companies, rarely in the spotlight, are urging Congress not to fundamentally alter the way prescription drugs are paid for in the U.S. As the Trump administration advocates banning rebates under Medicare and Medicaid, these lower-profile PBMs aim to convince lawmakers not to junk the entire system. They say Congress should start by examining business models other than just of the nation's largest PBM players.
Policy Makers Seek Answers for High Costs of Prescription Drugs
- Pharmacy Times
Members of Congress sought to deconstruct the drug supply chain Thursday in an effort to find ways to lower prescription drug prices. Hosted by the House Committee on Energy & Commerce, the investigational hearing drew testimony from health care industry experts representing drug companies, insurers, and patient advocacy groups.
PBM executive: Industry has been discussing end of rebates for a 'long, long time'
Though the Trump administration’s steps to end drug rebates have been met with outrage from pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), these companies have been talking about a future without rebates for a long time, experts say.
Wisconsin Pharmacy Benefits Combination Challenges National Giants
- Milwaukee Business Journal
A “significant number” of southeast Wisconsin employers are in the pipeline to enroll in a new local pharmacy benefits program that promises savings and a departure from the much-maligned large national pharmacy benefits firms.
Wrapping up 2018 and Looking Forward to the New Year
- Business Health Care Group - The Catalyst
Throughout 2019 we expect more BHCG member employers and non-members will move to Navitus as their pharmacy benefit management solution.
Data from Health Plans, PBMs Helps Lower Prescription Drug Costs
- Health Payer Intelligence
Surescripts Prescription Price Transparency Tool Realizes Massive Provider Adoption, Achieves Break
The Surescripts Network Alliance™ is experiencing one of its fastest health information technology adoption curves to date as it transforms the prescription decision process, with a fortyfold increase in the number of prescribers utilizing its Real-Time Prescription Benefit tool since it launched last year. To date, prescribers have used the tool 30 million times to view patient-specific prescription price and therapeutic alternative information, integrated with their electronic health record (EHR) software, at the point of care.
A Tough Negotiator Proves Employers Can Bargain Down Health Care Prices
- NPR / ProPublica
One woman found a way to attack high health insurance prices. And that's news because it's hard for any one person to do. If you go to the hospital, the hospital charges your insurer, which passes the cost on to you. And it's hard to negotiate a better price in that system. Marshall Allen of the nonprofit newsroom ProPublica has been investigating high health insurance costs. And he has the story of a woman who used her power to hold them down.
Navitus Builds New Headquarters, Keeps Distance from Big Drug Benefit Managers
- Wisconsin State Journal
With a new headquarters going up at a prominent intersection on Madison’s West Side, Navitus Health Solutions is gaining visibility at a time when some of its competitors are trying to avoid attention.
Managed Care Pharmacy Leaders Are Honored at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy/AMCP Foundation
- Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy
The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy and AMCP Foundation recognized a group of leaders who have contributed significantly to the profession of managed care pharmacy. Eight awards were presented at a gala Awards Dinner held April 25 as part of the AMCP Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy Annual Meeting in Boston, Mass.
Managed Care Pharmacy Residency Director/Preceptor Award Recipient Marnie Wickizer, PharmD, is the Residency Program Director at Navitus Health Solutions.
Combating Fraud, Waste and Abuse: Trends and Intervention
- ACAP Webinar
Join Navitus Health Solutions as we explore the latest trends and best practices in combating fraud, waste and abuse on this educational webinar as part of the ACAP Vendor Education Series. From evaluating pharmacy behaviors to the growth of telemedicine prescribers, we will cover the newest factors impacting fraud and actions that can work for you.
Episode 13: Navitus Health Solutions, Gary Hattendorf & Byron Mickle
- Reconstructing Healthcare Podcast
In this podcast, Gary Hattendorf, Western Regional Sales Vice President, and Byron Mickle, Senior Vice President at Navitus Health Solutions discuss the differences in PBM models, formulary management and how Navitus helps manage pharmacy costs with a low net cost approach.
What They're Watching: Byron Mickle
- State of Reform
Byron Mickle, Senior Vice President of Navitus Health Solutions, joins the State of Reform in this edition of What They’re Watching to discuss transparency in pharmaceutical costs.
Care Management Vital in Tackling Specialty Pharmacy Costs
- Society for Human Resource Management
Managing specialty drug benefits is becoming an increasingly critical, and increasingly frustrating, task for HR managers. While the number of employees and their dependents who may need high-cost specialty drugs—typically for diseases such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, hepatitis C and cancer—is usually very small, the percentage of total drug spending on these types of medications is disproportionately driving overall pharmacy and medical spending higher.
Full Service Pharmacy Benefit Manager Creating Transparency for Pricing and Spend on Drugs
- CEO/CFO Magazine
Terry Seligman, President & CEO, was interviewed by CEO/CFO Magazine and discussed how our transparent business model is resonating across the marketplace.
Impact of a Combined VBID & Medication Therapy Management Program on Diabetes Medication Adherence
- Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Value-based insurance design (VBID) waives or reduces prescription copayments in order to decrease member cost barriers to refilling medications. Medication therapy management (MTM) is a member clinical intervention designed to reinforce members’ knowledge of their medications, which addresses barriers to medication adherence. Both methods have been shown to increase adherence in members, particularly when used in combination. To date, studies of such combined programs have often been completed within integrated health systems but have rarely included control populations.
Navitus Health Solutions expands in Appleton
- The Post-Crescent
APPLETON - When Navitus Health Solutions built an office here in 2013, its executives figured the big building along Interstate 41 would meet the company’s needs for five years. They were wrong. They ran out of space in two years. Construction is underway now on a second Navitus building next door with a price tag of more than $13 million. It’s 70 percent larger, at 120,000 square feet, than the first building and will be able to house up to 500 employees when it's ready in October.
Elixir for Growth: Navitus embraces transparency to dramatically reduce drug costs
- Insight on Business
Debbie Ludka is used to the question by now. When people ask where she works or see she's wearing her Navitus Health Solutions shirt or badge, they respond: "Navitus - that's the big building off of 41 - what do you do there anyway?" Ludka answers quickly, saying Navitus is a pharmacy benefit manager that administers prescription drug plans for insurers, government plans and self-insured businesses.
Exclusive: Navitus to Hire 70 for New Phoenix Regional Office
- Phoenix Business Journal
Navitus Health Solutions, a Madison, Wisconsin-based pharmacy benefit manager, is opening a regional office in Phoenix, with plans to hire 70.
Jokake Construction is the general contractor on the $2 million, 22,000-square-foot project near Loop 101 and 56th Street, expected to be open in June. The architect is Potter Lawson Inc., with Evolution Design Inc.