Specialty Drug Learning and Action Network: Member Highlights

All employer members of The Action Group are invited to participate in Care Delivery Learning Networks to help drive needed marketplace change in the areas of overuse, cost and medical intervention variability. Learning Network involvement provides a unique opportunity to take a deep dive on specific issues, to collaborate with peers, and to meet face-to-face with health plans, providers, vendors and thought leaders to develop Employer Purchaser’s Guides.

To date, five Purchaser’s Guides have been developed: Back Pain and SurgeryMaternity and Infertility Care, Total Joint Replacement, and Specialty Pharmacy Purchaser’s Guide Phase I and Phase II.

Following the release of the Specialty Pharmacy Purchaser’s Guide, Jon Born, senior director of benefits at UNFI, was asked to discuss his Learning Network experience. Karen Chapin, health programs manager at the University of Minnesota, was asked to talk about the University’s specialty pharmacy program, which is carved out from the pharmacy benefit manager (PBM), which is carved out from the health plan.

Highlights of Jon’s Remarks:

Highlights of Karen’s Remarks: