Thursday, August 16, 2018

Reference Pricing: "Gross" Invoice Cost for Popular Generic and Brand Prescription Drugs (Volume 232)

This document is updated weekly, but why is it important? Healthcare marketers are aggressively pursuing new revenue streams to augment lower reimbursements provided under PPACA. Prescription drugs, particularly specialty, are key drivers in the growth strategies of PBMs, TPAs and MCOs pursuant to health care reform.

The costs shared here are what the pharmacy actually pays; not AWP, MAC or WAC. The bottom line; payers must have access to actual acquisition costs or AAC. Apply this knowledge to hold PBMs accountable and lower plan expenditures for stakeholders.



How to Determine if Your Company [or Client] is Overpaying

Step #1:  Obtain a price list for generic prescription drugs from your broker, TPA, ASO or PBM every month.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Ohio Medicaid pulls the plug on contracts with two big PBMs over ‘spread’ pricing

In the June 26, 2018 blog post, "What is a fair share? Pharmacy middlemen made $223.7M from Ohio Medicaid" I challenged plan sponsors to not be distracted by large AWP discounts or substantial gains from guaranteed rebate dollars.

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Instead, I argued, it is more important to understand the cost of your PBM service or how much you pay the PBM for the services it provides. This fee is hidden in your final plan cost and is not the administrative fee! It is the savings (less a reasonable administrative fee) the non-fiduciary PBM negotiated on your behalf but did not pass all of it back to you. 

For the first time Ohio Medicaid did exactly that and what it discovered was enough to terminate their PBM contracts with Optum and CVS Health. The department on Tuesday directed Ohio’s managed care plans to terminate contracts with pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, based on the “spread pricing” practice, The Columbus Dispatch reported. The state said it’s moving to a more transparent pass-through pricing model Jan. 1.

Under that model, PBMs would receive administrative fees and must bill the state the same amount they pay pharmacists. “The black box will effectively be eliminated,” said Patrick Stephan, the department’s director of managed care. A state-commissioned report showed PBMs billed taxpayers $223.7 million more for prescription drugs in a year than they reimbursed pharmacies to fill those prescriptions.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Reference Pricing: "Gross" Invoice Cost for Popular Generic and Brand Prescription Drugs (Volume 231)

This document is updated weekly, but why is it important? Healthcare marketers are aggressively pursuing new revenue streams to augment lower reimbursements provided under PPACA. Prescription drugs, particularly specialty, are key drivers in the growth strategies of PBMs, TPAs and MCOs pursuant to health care reform.

The costs shared here are what the pharmacy actually pays; not AWP, MAC or WAC. The bottom line; payers must have access to actual acquisition costs or AAC. Apply this knowledge to hold PBMs accountable and lower plan expenditures for stakeholders.



How to Determine if Your Company [or Client] is Overpaying

Step #1:  Obtain a price list for generic prescription drugs from your broker, TPA, ASO or PBM every month.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Secret discounts paid by drugmakers to pharmacy benefit managers are going away so now what?

Source: Berkley Research Group and IMS Quintiles
Pfizer Inc. CEO Ian Read said on Tuesday July 31, 2018, "drugmakers will likely get rid of secret discounts to middlemen that have become a focus of the U.S. drug-cost debate." What are these secret discounts and who are these middlemen to whom Ian Read is referring?

Rebates are secret discounts drugmakers use to compete for coveted spots on pharmacy benefit managers’ formularies or lists of covered drugs. The intent of these discounts is to help lower overall drug costs for third-party payers and patients.

Middlemen who negotiate drug rebates on behalf of employers and health plans but hide rebate revenue are called non-fiduciary pharmacy benefit managers or NFPBMs. Whether or not rebates, as a hidden cash flow, completely go away or how long it will take for drugmakers to get rid of them is unclear.

Let's not be naive. If rebates go away do you believe for one second CVS Health's or Optum's PBM revenues will decline? Not a chance as they will shift your costs elsewhere. Here's a look at some of the ways non-fiduciary PBMs will grow revenue despite the elimination of rebates.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

"Don't Miss" Webinar: How to Slash PBM Service Costs, up to 50%, Without Changing Vendors or Benefit Levels

How many businesses do you know want to cut their revenues in half? That's why traditional pharmacy benefit managers don't offer radical transparency and instead opt for hidden cash flow opportunities such as rebate masking. Want to learn more?

Here is what some participants have said about the webinar.

"Thank you Tyrone. Nice job, good information." David Stoots, AVP

"Thank you! Awesome presentation." Mallory Nelson, PharmD

"Thank you Tyrone for this informative meeting." David Wachtel, VP

"...Great presentation! I had our two partners on the presentation as well. Very informative." Nolan Waterfall, Agent/Benefits Specialist

A snapshot of what you will learn during this 30 minute webinar:
  • Hidden cash flows in the PBM Industry such as formulary steering, rebate masking and differential pricing 
  • How to calculate cost of pharmacy benefit manager services or CPBMS
  • Specialty pharmacy cost-containment strategies
  • The financial impact of actual acquisition cost (AAC) vs. maximum allowable cost (MAC)
  • Why mail-order and preferred pharmacy networks may not be the great deal you were sold

Sincerely,
TransparentRx
Tyrone D. Squires, MBA  
3960 Howard Hughes Pkwy., Suite 500  
Las Vegas, NV 89169  
866-499-1940 Ext. 201


P.S.  Yes, it's recorded. I know you're busy ... so register now and we'll send you the link to the session recording as soon as it's ready.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Reference Pricing: "Gross" Invoice Cost for Popular Generic and Brand Prescription Drugs (Volume 230)

This document is updated weekly, but why is it important? Healthcare marketers are aggressively pursuing new revenue streams to augment lower reimbursements provided under PPACA. Prescription drugs, particularly specialty, are key drivers in the growth strategies of PBMs, TPAs and MCOs pursuant to health care reform.

The costs shared here are what the pharmacy actually pays; not AWP, MAC or WAC. The bottom line; payers must have access to actual acquisition costs or AAC. Apply this knowledge to hold PBMs accountable and lower plan expenditures for stakeholders.



How to Determine if Your Company [or Client] is Overpaying

Step #1:  Obtain a price list for generic prescription drugs from your broker, TPA, ASO or PBM every month.