It’s impossible to miss that prescription drugs continue to dominate the news. Indeed, there is a nonstop stream of reports of escalating costs; breaking news of mergers between industry players in the complex supply chain; political banter between legislators and candidates on their preferred solutions; and heartbreaking stories of patients unable to afford insulin and other essential medications.
Amid this chaos, there is some good news. The Action Group’s 2019 Annual Employer Benefits Survey revealed that prescription drug costs for Minnesota employers are running at 5%, which is below national benchmarks. To achieve this result, employers are engaging in an array of tactics in a “whack-a-mole” effort to manage costs, including prior authorizations, medication therapy management, step therapy, and limiting supply. Even so, employers are experiencing double-digit increases in specialty drugs and generic drugs. The Action Group’s Specialty Drug Employer Playbook was published to ensure stakeholders are taking action and measuring progress.
At our August member meeting, we’ll hear from Dr. Stephen Schondelmeyer, international expert and trusted advisor to Action Group employers, and a panel of other experts. They’ll share timely and candid insights on recent market developments and legislative activity. What does it all mean? Have we made any meaningful progress? And, where do we go from here?
If you are concerned about the high cost of prescription drugs, if you are currently conducting a PBM RFP, or if you are simply wanting to stay abreast of this rapidly changing landscape, this is a meeting you won’t want to miss.
Bring your questions and challenges to ensure that you get maximum value from this passionate conversation!
August 9, 2019
8-8:30 Breakfast and Networking
8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Panel and Discussion
Hilton Airport/MOA Hotel
3800 American Boulevard E.
PLEASE NOTE: This meeting is exclusively for Action Group members. If you are not yet a member and are interested in attending to learn more, contact Sue Jesseman (email@example.com) for a complimentary meeting pass.
Join your colleagues in quality measurement, quality improvement, patient care, and cost containment and a diverse network of health and community leaders for a day of engaging, educational speakers and meaningful discussions. Click here to learn more.
September 12, 2019
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Earle Brown Heritage Center
6155 Earle Brown Drive
Brooklyn Center, MN
The Action Group supports the work of NRHI, an organization that works closely with federal agencies, national foundations, and national stakeholder groups to transform health care delivery, payment and information systems. Its 3rd Annual National Affordability Summit will bring together top thought leaders and change makers taking action and creating urgency for affordable health care, including Deb Krause, Action Group vice president.
Speakers and panelists will showcase how they are improving health, reducing costs, and eliminating waste in the health care system. Health and health care professionals, community organizations, federal, state, and local policy makers, providers, and health plans will come together to connect in an intimate, collaborative setting.
Read Carolyn Pare’s new blog on the urgent need to address health care system waste by clicking on the title below:
October 15, 2019
1 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
October 16, 2019
7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
McNamara Alumni Center
200 Southeast Oak. St.