Optum, Inc. recently unveiled Optum Specialty Fusion, a specialty drug management solution that’s focused on streamlining care for people on those products and lowering medication costs. According to the company, which is part of UnitedHealth Group, the approach has the potential to deliver 17% total cost savings in health plans’ medical and pharmacy spend.
Providers are able to request prior authorization for specialty agents via a portal, which then compares treatment options, including their costs, across both the medical and the pharmacy benefit. According to the company, “informed by Optum data and insights, Specialty Fusion provides savings options such as preferred products, dosage management policies, best sites of care and additional cost-control levers such as available discounts and pharmacy networks.” The solution narrows down treatment options to the ones or one that “makes the most clinical and financial sense” and provides approval for that treatment in real time, regardless of the benefit the agent falls under. Optum maintains that this approach lessens “administrative hassle and results in an expected 50% faster access to therapy for patients, while lowering costs.” Specialty Fusion is available for large health plans.