Pharmacy Benefits: Plan Design and Management

By F. Randy Vogenberg

Pharmacy Benefits: Plan Design and Management is a must-have guide for benefits professionals and trustees responsible for a prescription pharmacy
or medical benefits program. Addresses benefit plan design, the selection
of a pharmacy benefits manager and pharmacy network, compliance,
specialty pharmacy, cost-saving strategies and more.

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Pharmaceuticals have become an integral component of medical treatment, with some medications completely transforming health care outcomes and delivery. When was the last time you examined the prescription drug component of your health care benefits? 

Inside the book you'll find
  • An examination of current prescription drug utilization and spending in the United States
  • The pros and cons of carving pharmacy benefits into a health plan, as well as carving them out
  • Strategies for reducing drug costs while improving health care outcomes
  • Advice on dealing with specialty drugs in plan design
  • An introduction to the practice guidelines and outcomes research that is changing how medical decisions are being made and reimbursed
  • How to promote informed patient choices and compliance with prescribed drug therapy
  • An overview of the expanding options for delivering pharmaceuticals, choosing a network and pharmacy reimbursement
  • How to evaluate and select a pharmacy benefit manager
  • The basics of various federal laws and regulations affecting pharmacy benefit plans
  • An overview of government prescription drug plans, including Medicare Part D and Medicaid.

Anyone who has pharmacy benefit responsibilities will find this book a handy resource. (International Foundation)

2011. Item #6962. $46 (I.F. Members $35). Order now!

About the Author
F. Randy Vogenberg, R.Ph., Ph.D., is a principal with the Institute for Integrated Healthcare in Sharon, Massachusetts, and a former national health benefits thought leader with Aon Consulting. Since 1981, he has consulted on economic issues for pharmaceutical services, drug benefit strategy and decision making for drug therapy selection with government and employer clients.