At Investor Conferences, Execs Paint PBM Reform as Afterthought

During recent investor conference presentations, executives from major managed care companies expressed little concern that PBM reform — which once seemed like a much more acute threat — will impact their businesses anytime soon. Those remarks come even as a large coalition of interest groups is hoping to push lawmakers into refueling the issue’s momentum.

“I would say it is difficult to get alignment and bipartisan support on the specifics relative to PBM [reform],” CVS Health Corp. CEO Karen Lynch said during a “fireside chat” on May 29 at the Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference. “I think if anything happens, it’ll be on transparency, but you have seen time and time again that there’s been some challenges.”

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Leslie Small

Leslie Small

Leslie has been working in journalism since 2009 and reporting on the health care industry since 2014. She has covered the many ups and downs of the Affordable Care Act exchanges, the failed health insurer mega-mergers, and hundreds of other storylines spanning subjects such as Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage, employer-sponsored insurance, and prescription drug coverage. As the managing editor of Health Plan Weekly and Radar on Drug Benefits, she writes and edits for both publications while overseeing a small team of reporters who also focus on the managed care sector. Before joining AIS Health, she was a senior editor for the e-newsletter Fierce Health Payer, and she started her career as a copy editor at multiple local newspapers. She graduated with a dual degree in journalism and political science from Penn State University.

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