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Three Myths About PBM Pricing Every Workers’ Compensation Payer Should Know

Workers’ comp payers that prioritize price-per-pill risk poor clinical outcomes and higher overall costs in their pharmacy programs. A focus on quality of care will always produce the best results.
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Pharmacy costs in workers’ compensation have been declining steadily for nearly a decade — down $1.1 billion over the past eight years, in fact. But that rosy news has a thorn.

Cost is just one indicator of workers’ comp program success, but it is one that can also hide problems. On the positive side, lower spend can be the result of reduced drug utilization or improved formulary management, reflecting attentive claims handling and strong clinical engagement.

In contrast, it could also signify that payers are simply choosing to direct their dollars elsewhere, prioritizing the minimization of upfront expenses and shifting investment away from the proactive clinical services that good PBMs have to offer.

Mike Cirillo, president of myMatrixx, believes the latter trend has become far more prevalent.

“When payers just see the numbers going down year over year, they can be lulled into a false sense of security,” he said. “People have stopped talking about clinical engagement, clinical outcomes and good claims management. Instead everybody is talking about price.”

Much of the current messaging in the marketplace promotes models that prioritize lowest price-per-pill over strong clinical management means to generate savings. When examining any pricing model however, it’s important to separate myth from fact and know the important role that strong oversight plays in a claim strategy.

To help, here are three myths that have developed in the market and reasons why prioritizing clinical management — which must include a comprehensive pharmacovigilance program to ensure clinical appropriateness and improve patient outcomes — along with price will generate greater value at a lower cost over the long term.

To learn more about myMatrixx, please visit their website.

myMatrixx® is a pharmacy benefit management company dedicated to workers’ compensation. The unique combination of myMatrixx and Express Scripts makes us the only workers’ compensation pharmacy benefit manager that can deliver high touch customer service, clinical expertise and actionable data analytics while leveraging Express Scripts’ pharmacy network, comprehensive clinical services, mail order program and specialty solutions to meet the individual needs of our clients and their injured workers. For more information, visit myMatrixx.com.

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