Community Pharmacist Group Greets Optum Rx Programs With Cautious Optimism

Optum Rx, the PBM owned by UnitedHealth Group, recently launched new programs that will reimburse community pharmacies for helping vulnerable and underserved patients access critical health care services. The move comes as major PBMs like Optum Rx are facing ever-increasing scrutiny for their business practices — including from rural and independent pharmacies that contend big PBMs are driving them out of business.

A trade group for community pharmacists and a health policy expert both say that the programs have promise, although they also say it’s unclear how big of an impact Optum Rx’s initiatives will ultimately make.

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Leslie Small

Leslie Small

Leslie has been reporting and editing in various journalism roles for nearly a decade. Most recently, she was the senior editor of FierceHealthPayer, an e-newsletter covering the health insurance industry. A graduate of Penn State University, she previously served in editing roles at newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Colorado.

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