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2014-05-06 15:09:07

Hispanic seniors are 35 percent less likely to have prescription drug coverage despite the existence of the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan – also known as Part D – and the availability of assistance to help pay insurance premiums. That is the finding of a study released today in the journal Health Affairs. "These results indicate that disparities in prescription drug coverage exist between Hispanic and white Medicare beneficiaries, despite the existence of a potentially universal...

2014-04-18 23:08:07

In an upcoming webinar from Atlantic Information Services, participants will hear pharmacy experts from a top-rated Medicare plan discuss key aspects and decision-making components involved in developing effective star-rating strategies. Washington, DC (PRWEB) April 18, 2014 As CMS enhances and modifies its star-ratings program each year, it raises the bar for Medicare plans to deliver ever-higher quality care. Since the pharmacy benefit is the primary objective of Prescription Drug Plans...

2014-04-16 12:29:39

SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Given the health reform debate over elevated Medicare Advantage reimbursement rates, HealthPocket investigated the prevalence of extra insurance benefits provided by Medicare Advantage plans. These insurance benefits are not covered by original Medicare and they are frequently overlooked in discussions of Medicare Advantage's value proposition to consumers. When reviewing data on 2014 Medicare Advantage plans, HealthPocket found:...

2014-04-09 23:26:42

For the April 4 issue of Atlantic Information Services’s Drug Benefit News, an Avalere consultant explained why PBMs and commercial payers are indirectly losing money on the 340B Drug Pricing Program, even though drug companies are the primary stakeholders. Washington, DC (PRWEB) April 09, 2014 A new report from a coalition of stakeholders suggests that a considerable portion of hospitals enrolled in the 340B Drug Pricing Program provides a negligible amount of free or reduced-price...

2014-04-08 08:30:38

Express Scripts Report Forecasts Unsustainable Increases in Specialty Drug Spend ORLANDO, Fla., April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Expensive treatments for broad patient populations are driving unprecedented growth in U.S. spending on specialty drugs to treat complex conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and cancer, according to a new report issued today by Express Scripts (NASDAQ: ESRX). http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20080827/EXPRESSSCRIPTSLOGO As it has for the past...

2014-04-03 08:30:48

GAINESVILLE, Ga., April 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- ProCare Rx announces the promotions of two key executives. Michael Rose has been promoted to the newly created position of Chief Pharmacy Officer. Steve Treff has been promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer. These new assignments have been made in response to the company's rapid growth and to promote future expansion. "Mike and Steve are two dynamic leaders with over 55 years' combined experience in the pharmacy...

2014-03-26 08:30:03

Enrollees Could Save Almost 20% over Original Medicare and 45% Over Medigap SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Americans are turning 65 at a pace of 10,000 per day and they face a confusing array of insurance decisions regarding Medicare. To help this age group understand their insurance choices, HealthPocket evaluated the expenses associated with their three main coverage options: -- Original Medicare with a Medicare drug plan -- Medigap Plan F with...

2014-03-18 23:03:41

In a March 27 webinar, two leading pharmacy benefit experts will provide strategic insight and advice on the current design and future prospects of the pharmacy benefit on public exchanges. Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 18, 2014 The success of the pharmacy benefit on public insurance exchanges could serve as a leading indicator for how well qualified health plans (QHPs) themselves are performing. No other benefit is as widely used and visible as that of drug coverage — one of 10...

2014-03-11 23:33:40

“CMS was wise to reconsider its proposed Part D rule that would have destabilized the program, increased costs, and disrupted coverage for millions of seniors.” Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) March 11, 2014 Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) President and CEO Mark Merritt issued the following statement on today’s letter from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner to Congress on the proposed Part D rule: “CMS was wise to...

2014-03-10 12:26:24

WASHINGTON, March 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new actuarial study released by The Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) examining the impact proposed changes to the Medicare prescription drug program finds that eliminating preferred pharmacy networks in Part D would increase premiums by approximately $63 annually for over 75 percent of Part D enrollees and raise overall program costs by an estimated $24 billion over the next ten years. "CMS' proposal to eliminate...


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