With Costco Now in its Corner, PBM Navitus Thinks Big

Serving just 6.2 million members, Navitus Health Solutions — a PBM owned by St. Louis, Mo.-based integrated health system SSM Health — is hardly one of the industry’s major players. But given that it features a “pass-through” business model in an era when opaque PBM structures are facing scrutiny, and Costco Wholesale Corp. recently purchased a minority stake in the firm (RDB 3/12/20, p. 3), Navitus may be poised for a bigger spotlight.

Just ask David Fields, who in late April was named the PBM’s new CEO after serving on an interim basis after Navitus’ former chief executive stepped down due to health issues. Fields — who joined SSM Health in 2018 as president of its Dean Health Plan and has held leadership roles at Blue Shield of California and Aetna Inc. — tells AIS Health that what he likes best about Navitus is how it differs from some of its peers.

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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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