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November 21, 2022

How to leverage a pharmacy partner and optimize your PBM contract

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The world of pharmacy can be complicated without someone knowledgeable to help you navigate it. Providing your employees with the most effective program starts by having the right partner. Having the right partner with your organization’s best interests at the forefront, knowing the right questions to ask, and being up-to-date on the ever-changing pharmacy landscape are vital to a functioning pharmacy plan.

Pharmacy plans often use a pharmacy benefit manager (PBM). As the administrators of the pharmacy world, PBMs negotiate rebates and discounts from drug manufacturers and the prices paid to pharmacies where members fill their prescriptions. They also set the preferred drug lists (known as formularies), adjudicate pharmacy claims, and often perform the utilization review that determines which drugs are clinically appropriate for a member. While PBMs are an important part of the pharmacy landscape, their contract language can at times be difficult to navigate.

This is where a pharmacy partner comes into play. Along with your legal team, they can help you navigate the nuances of these contracts and help you negotiate an agreement that can be the most beneficial to you. While holding your PBM accountable throughout your journey and maintaining a reasonable contract, a pharmacy partner can also initiate financial performance audits to ensure the plans you are providing are working as intended.

Rx Solutions, powered by Marsh McLennan Agency (MMA), has the tools, insights, and expertise you need in a strategic partner. Focused on your goal of delivering equitable and cost-effective pharmacy benefits, they provide the following services to make sure you reach that goal:

  • Contract procurement and management
    • Procurement services
    • Contract review and audits
    • Plan refinement
    • 360 Oversight
  • Advanced Rx interventions
    • Clinical Rx program review
    • Specialty drug management
    • Formulary optimization
    • Condition specific management

With MMA Rx Solutions, you receive a dedicated team focused on improving the vitality of your pharmacy arrangement with little to no disruption to your employees. Providing customizable solutions that fit whatever your needs may be and adapting those plans as your organization grows is necessary for a tense prescription drug market.

To find more information on MMA Rx Solutions and how to contact an MMA specialist, please visit us here.

Estimate your savings with MMA RxSolutions now.

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