From Drug Benefit News - As the roles of retail pharmacies are set to transform, PBMs can capitalize on their own capabilities and collaborate with pharmacies, as well as other stakeholders, in a variety of ways. Pharmacies, maintains a recently released report, have the opportunity to offer a wide array of services from which consumers can pick and choose. This could be done through broadening their own offerings, as well as collaborating with other health care stakeholders on new efforts to provide care. Read more
From Specialty Pharmacy News - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico earlier this year launched an oncology medical home pilot that the payer says it expects will decrease emergency room and urgent care visits, as well as hospitalizations. Read more
From Specialty Pharmacy News - The battle over CMS’s proposed Medicare Part B Drug Payment Model continues, but at least one analyst thinks implementation is likely in the fall. Phase I of the proposed Part B Drug Payment Model (81 Fed. Reg. 13230, March 11, 2016) would test changing the add-on payment to the average sales price (ASP) of a drug (SPN 3/16, p. 1). Currently these drugs are reimbursed at ASP +6%, but the proposal… Read more
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