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May 15, 2017

Today's Featured Story    

Studies Show Diabetes Members’ Overall Costs, Benefits of Statins
Reprinted from DRUG BENEFIT NEWS

A group of commercially insured members with diabetes cost two-and-a-half times what a similar group without the condition cost, according to a recent analysis of pharmacy and medical claims data. But when members with diabetes took a statin to prevent heart disease per 2013 updated guidelines, their risk for having a cardiovascular event dropped by more than 23%, according to a second study of the same patient population. Both studies were presented by Prime Therapeutics LLC at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy’s 2017 Annual Meeting.... Read Full Story

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Today's AIS Health Datapoint

$40.02 ... is the average Part D total premium for all 2017 Medicare plans offering Part D coverage. The average Part D drug deductible for these plans is $207. Part D supplemental premiums average $9.48.



People on the Move

Astellas promoted Shontelle Dodson, Pharm.D., to senior vice president and head of Medical Affairs Americas. She previously served as vice president of Medical Excellence within the global Medical Affairs organization….Press Ganey appointed Mary Jo Assi associate chief nursing officer. She previously was vice president of nursing practice and innovation at the American Nurses Association….Conversa named Chris Edwards chief marketing and experience officer and Becky James vice president of operations. Edwards previously was global chief marketing officer at Validic, and James held senior positions in program and project management, technology and client delivery at WebMD Health Services.


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