Express Scripts, Optum Rx Tout Transparency, Cost-Capping Initiatives

Express Scripts and Optum Rx recently disclosed initiatives including pass-through arrangements, lower copays and price matches that they say will help clients and members save money and increase transparency. Marc Guieb, Pharm.D., a consulting pharmacist with Milliman, Inc., says the announcements are not “new or revolutionary or anything” and that they “seem to be rebranding of existing programs and products that are already offered.”

Guieb notes that the press releases are likely in response to the increasing scrutiny the PBM industry faces from politicians and others. Several Senate committees this year have introduced PBM legislation, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) last year opened an investigation into the business practices and consolidation of PBMs.

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Tim Casey

Tim Casey

Tim has been a reporter and editor for newspapers, websites and magazines for more than 20 years, including 10 years covering health care business topics. He has a deep knowledge of the managed care industry and pharmacy benefit management. He also has experience covering medical conferences and clinical and legislative health care issues. In 2014, the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing selected Tim as one of 15 journalists to participate in a national symposium on the Affordable Care Act. Tim has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. from Georgetown University.

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