Healthcare Cost

Integrating Analytics With High-Touch Pharmacy Care for Vulnerable Beneficiaries

May 8th 2022, 12:05pm


UPMC Health Plan, RxAnte, and Mosaic Pharmacy Services outlined how they are operating a value-based pharmacy care management program within Community HealthChoices, Pennsylvania’s managed Medicaid long-term services and supports (LTSS) program, at a recent conference.

At PQA, CMS Veteran Blum Highlights Policy Shifts and Rationale for Latest Rulemaking

May 5th 2022, 5:44pm


Future quality conversations must recognize what the pandemic has illustrated over the past 2 years—that patients who were in the most dire need of health care, including those with multiple chronic conditions, had the least amount of access, said Jonathan Blum, MPP, the principal deputy administrator and chief operating officer of CMS.

Biden Administration May Make a Push for Health Care Priorities Ahead of Midterms

May 5th 2022, 1:56pm


Coverage, equity, and value-based payments are critical areas of focus for the Biden administration’s health care agenda leading up to the midterm elections, according to 3 experts from Avalere.

Impact of Co-pay Assistance on Patient, Clinical, and Economic Outcomes

May 5th 2022, 1:00pm


Limited evidence from a literature review suggests that co-pay assistance was associated with improved treatment persistence/adherence across various diseases, with indirect evidence suggesting improvements in clinical outcomes.

Patients, Pharmacists Tackle SDOH, With Surprising Insights

May 4th 2022, 8:52pm


At the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) 2022 Annual Meeting Wednesday, participants heard about some unexpected insights arising from a workshop held this week between patients and pharmacists who are creating a patient-centered outcomes research agenda focused on addressing social determinants of health (SDOH) in the community pharmacy setting.

High Disability Burden of Atopic Dermatitis Linked With Socioeconomic Status

May 4th 2022, 4:25pm


Atopic dermatitis was associated with the greatest burden of disease compared with 2 other types of dermatitis, in which high incidence and disability-adjusted life-years rates corresponded with high sociodemographic index areas.

SES-Related Insulin Pump Uptake Disparities Seen in 2 Canadian Provinces

May 4th 2022, 3:00pm


Using socioeconomic status (SES) as their primary exposure, investigators from McGill University, University of Manitoba, Institut National de Santé Publique du Québec, and Laval University investigated reasons behind insulin pump uptake disparities in the Canadian provinces of Manitoba and Québec.

340B, Biosimilars, and More in the Future of Specialty Pharmacy

May 4th 2022, 1:08pm


Adam Fein, PhD, of Drug Channels Institute, and Doug Long of IQVIA discussed trends in the specialty pharmacy market in the United States.

Experts Highlight Employer Strategies to Improve Care Quality, Affordability

May 4th 2022, 4:46am


Representatives from employers, pharmacy benefit managers, and others discussed methods of improving pharmacy access and affordability in health plans.

Jayson Slotnik Weighs the Future of Value-Based Payments After the Pandemic

May 3rd 2022, 10:45pm


Value-based payments were a benefit during the pandemic, but it remains to be seen if patients are interested in keeping those changes in care delivery as the pandemic recedes, said Jayson Slotnik, partner, Health Policy Strategies, Inc.