PBMs Are Major Bright Spot in 1Q Earnings for Some Firms

For two of the largest diversified health care companies, their PBM divisions were a much-touted highlight in the firms’ first-quarter 2021 earnings reports and conference calls.

Cigna Corp. Chief Financial Officer Brian Evanko, during a May 7 conference call with analysts and investors, said the firm’s “favorable first-quarter earnings were primarily driven by strong Evernorth performance, favorable net investment income, and favorable prior year medical cost development.” Evernorth is Cigna’s newly renamed health services division, housing its Express Scripts PBM and other assets.

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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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