Will Two New PBM Startups Deliver Savings, Transparency?

Two new PBMs entered the game in recent weeks: EmsanaRx, a not-for-profit venture owned by the Purchaser Business Group on Health (PBGH), and CostPlus PBM, a startup funded by venture capitalist and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban as part of his larger foray into the pharmaceutical business. Like other recent PBM startups, both ventures claim they will be more transparent and client-focused than the Big Three PBMs (Cigna Corp.’s Express Scripts, CVS Health Corp.’s Caremark and UnitedHealth Group’s OptumRx) — but health care insiders say those promises are hard to keep.

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Peter Johnson

Peter has been a reporter for nearly a decade. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered a wide variety of topics in his hometown of Seattle, where he continues to live. Peter’s work has appeared in publications including The Atlantic and The Stranger. Peter attended Colby College.

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