Reflecting on 2020 and Turning the Page to 2021

Josh Bindl  •   January 6, 2021

Saying 2020 was an unusual year is an understatement. Experiencing a global pandemic was not something on our radar and hopefully it will soon be behind us. National CooperativeRx fared well despite working through pandemic-induced challenges familiar to many. Strong growth, financial strength and finding ways to add value for members all persevered in 2020

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Supreme Court Ruling Raises Concern Over State Legislative Action

Josh Bindl  •   January 5, 2021

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on ERISA The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) sets minimum standards for most private health plans and preempts states from enforcing coverage mandates on these plans. Since its passage, there have been many challenges to ERISA. The U.S. Supreme Court has consistently held firm on the power of

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NCRx Pipeline Report 1.1.21

Erica Guetzlaff  •   January 1, 2021

National CooperativeRx constantly monitors the pharmaceutical pipeline. As treatment options change, it’s important to know how those changes could impact your plan and which drugs bring the highest value. Our quarterly NCRx Pipeline Reports highlight some of the newest therapies coming to market and are not intended to imply formulary placement or coverage by CVS Caremark. Orladeyo®

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Abby Weaver: Cooperative Clinical Intern

Emily Torgerson  •   December 8, 2020

In November, National CooperativeRx welcomed our third clinical intern Abby Weaver, for a six-week period. Abby is a fourth-year pharmacy student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison), currently with us for one of her numerous rotations required to make her vision of becoming a licensed pharmacist a reality. Originally from St. Charles, Illinois, Abby received her undergraduate

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NCRx Pipeline Report: COVID-19 Edition Part Two

Erica Guetzlaff  •   December 7, 2020

“Coronavirus,” “COVID-19,” “pandemic.” These are the words that dominated the world in 2020, with Merriam-Webster even proclaiming “pandemic” its Word of the Year. With most of us wishing these words would disappear from daily conversation, it seems we may be inching closer to that reality, given the recent news about potential vaccines for COVID-19. Still,

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New Cooperative Utilization Management Program

Deb Thomsen  •   November 11, 2020

With new drugs launching every month, the pharmaceutical pipeline is robust and the marketplace is constantly evolving. A large portion of these drugs are expensive therapies that will typically be considered specialty medications once approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Specialty medications will trigger automatic utilization management (UM) programs for our member groups

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November is American Diabetes Month

Emily Torgerson  •   November 10, 2020

diabetes   noun di·​a·​be·​tes Definition of diabetes : a chronic (long-lasting) health condition that affects how your body turns food into energy.1 November is American Diabetes Month and now more than ever it is important to know how to effectively manage diabetes. Keep reading to learn more about the condition that affects one in 10 Americans and how

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Celebrating Our Pharmacists Today and Every Day!

Emily Torgerson  •   October 29, 2020

We couldn’t close out October without recognizing American Pharmacists Month, as well as our incredible on-staff pharmacists who strive daily to improve our members’ bottom line and our participants’ continued good health and well-being. Whether you work with them regularly or are hearing their names for the first time, keep scrolling to learn more about

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100% Cooperative Satisfaction and More 2020 Survey Results

Emily Torgerson  •   October 28, 2020

Each year, National CooperativeRx conducts a survey to measure the satisfaction of our membership and partners with certain aspects of our organization and current pharmacy benefit manager, as well as the Cooperative as a whole. This year was especially important as we are in the midst of our request for proposal process, which gives us

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PBM RFP Process Underway for 2022

Josh Bindl  •   October 7, 2020

Using Purchasing Power to Benefit our Members The pharmaceutical industry is in a state of constant change. The upside to this change is the cutting-edge medications for patients; the downside is an uptick of tactics resulting in wasteful spending that hurts both patients and plan sponsors. To keep up, National CooperativeRx has expanded its watchdog

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