National CooperativeRx Expands Account Management Team

Emily Torgerson  •   October 18, 2017

Please welcome Matt Dengel to our staff! Matt is a lifelong Wisconsin resident and is excited to continue his career at the National CooperativeRx headquarters in the Madison area. As an account manager, Matt will review our members’ plan designs and recommend plan changes that provide the highest value for their dollar. Prior to joining

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Top 6 Reasons to Visit Your Local Pharmacist

Jocelyn Kerl  •   October 1, 2017

Pharmacists are one of the most accessible health care providers in our communities. At every pharmacy, you will find at least one pharmacist ready and able to answer your medication questions — likely without an appointment. In honor of National Pharmacist Month, I encourage you to utilize your pharmacist as a resource in one or

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Protecting Drug Plan Tools that Promote Safety and Control Costs

Josh Bindl  •   September 6, 2017  •   1 Comment

Prescription drugs are a big business. While prescription medications are vitally important to individuals, the companies that produce them invest a lot of time and money to bring their product to market. Pharmaceutical companies continue to increase budgets to both grow the market for their medications and protect the market penetration they have already achieved.

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Specialty Drugs: What Employers Need to Know

Wayne Salverda  •   August 21, 2017

What’s So Special About Specialty Drugs? Although there is no industry standard definition for specialty drugs, they are typically extremely high-cost prescription drugs, primarily used to treat complicated and chronic conditions. The drugs included on a specialty drug list may vary between vendors, however there are several features that are common among specialty drugs: Extremely

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Board of Directors Switch Things Up

Emily Torgerson  •   June 1, 2017

National CooperativeRx is governed by its members, for its members. To ensure the Cooperative’s goals are aligned with those of our members, our Board of Directors is elected by our membership.

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The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Jocelyn Kerl  •   May 30, 2017

With the opioid epidemic receiving national attention in recent years, members of National CooperativeRx are asking what is being done to combat the issue. One of our in-house pharmacists, Jocelyn Kerl, takes a closer look. Nationally Legislation has influenced the expansion of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) nationwide. PDMPs help support access to controlled substances

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National CooperativeRx Welcomes New Communications Specialist

Emily Torgerson  •   May 22, 2017

My name is Emily Torgerson and I am pleased to announce my new position as a Communications Specialist with National CooperativeRx. Hailing from Eau Claire, WI with a strong background in public relations and communications, I am excited to begin this new journey here in Madison.

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Annual Report: It’s a Great Time to be a National CooperativeRx Member!

Emily Torgerson  •   May 16, 2017

National Cooperative Rx’s Annual Report has been completed and our financial information from 2016 is available to the public. For a comprehensive overview, please check out our 2017 Annual Report. 2016 was a groundbreaking year for National CooperativeRx and our members. With 78,314 participants joining us from 34 new member groups across the country, we have participants in every state!

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2017 Annual Meeting Recap

Emily Torgerson  •   May 5, 2017

Paul Meyer, Board Chair, kicked off the National CooperativeRx Annual Meeting yesterday by welcoming the audience and introducing our board members. Josh Bindl gave a presentation highlighting National CooperativeRx’s achievements in 2016, acknowledging current PBM industry issues, and providing the Cooperative’s strategies on balancing out a high level of pharmaceutical care with rising costs. Highlights from

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Shining the Spotlight on: Jocelyn Kerl, PharmD.

Emily Torgerson  •   April 24, 2017

Most people envision a pharmacist wearing a white lab coat refilling prescriptions at the local pharmacy. Jocelyn Kerl, the newest clinical services manager at National CooperativeRx, proves that’s not always the case. Her role within our organization consists of account management and plan design, while keeping our members’ best interests at heart. Along with our

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