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March 8, 2013
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 Registration is now open for PCMA's Specialty Pharmacy Business Forum!
The SPBF provides individuals and companies in the specialty pharmacy chain of commerce with exceptional educational and business networking opportunities. A unique aspect of the conference is "PCMA-Connect," an online networking community that will give attendees the opportunity to search for, connect, and coordinate meetings with existing and potential business customers and partners.

  Legislative & Regulatory News 
  • 60% of large employers expect to continue health benefits
    A survey from Towers Watson and the National Business Group on Health found that 60% of 500 large employers said it was unlikely they would stop offering health care benefits for regular employees, and 82% said they likely would not send full-time employees to insurance exchanges without financial support. The portion of employers confident they would offer health care benefits in 10 years was 26%, up from 23% a year ago. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)/Reuters (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PBM Industry News 
  • Cost-management strategies lower spending on specialty therapies
    An Express Scripts study found employers using multiple cost-management programs averaged 13.6% annual increases in specialty drug spending per member, compared with 27.8% for those without the programs. The findings were presented at the National Business Group on Health's Business Health Agenda 2013 meeting. Drug Store News (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Opinion, Commentary & Analysis 
  • Part D offers chance for bipartisan cooperation, lower health costs
    President Barack Obama should build on the progress of Part D, probably the most effective part of Medicare, instead of proposing potentially damaging changes to it, political strategist Douglas E. Schoen writes. A proven program like Part D has the power to reduce health care spending and should be the basis for cooperation between Republicans and Democrats. (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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PCMA is the national association representing America's pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), which administer prescription drug plans for more than 210 million Americans with health coverage provided through Fortune 500 employers, health insurance plans, labor unions, and Medicare Part D. PCMA is dedicated to enhancing the proven tools and techniques pioneered by PBMs that generate savings and access for consumers and payors.

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