The Cigna Group’s Express Scripts PBM announced on Nov. 14 that it’s launching a new “cost-plus” prescription drug pricing model for its clients. With the Express Scripts ClearNetwork, “clients pay a straight-forward estimated acquisition cost for individual medications, in addition to a small markup for pharmacy dispensing and service costs.” Express Scripts plans on launching the model in early 2024 and applying it toward generic, branded and specialty drugs. The move comes amid rising scrutiny from regulators over PBMs’ standard business practices like spread pricing, which allows PBMs to pocket the difference when pharmacies charge less for filling prescriptions than payers reimburse.
Five health care organizations, including AHIP and the American Medical Association, have launched the Common Health Coalition: Together for Public Health, according to a Nov. 9 press release. The coalition is “focused on translating the hard-won lessons and successes of the COVID-19 pandemic response into actionable strategies that will strengthen the partnership between our health care and public health systems.” The other founding members are the Alliance of Community Health Plans, American Hospital Association and Kaiser Permanente. Dave A. Chokshi, M.D., a physician at Bellevue Hospital and former New York City Commissioner, is chair of the Common Health Coalition.