Ten Things to Watch for in 2018

Josh Bindl  •   January 11, 2018

2017 easily finished as one of our highest years for net income. This means more money returned to members’ pockets in 2018.

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There’s an App for That

Emily Torgerson  •   December 14, 2017

Americans spend five hours per day on mobile apps alone.[1] CVS Health offers three apps that make it easier for your employees to manage their health. With just one click, you and your employees may save money on pharmaceutical benefits. Help your employees take charge of their health by informing them of the apps below.

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CVS Health Purchasing Aetna

Josh Bindl  •   December 6, 2017

This purchase solidifies CVS/caremark as the largest PBM. Additionally, it removes any risk of their largest block of business (Aetna) leaving, as when Anthem split from Express Scripts. With this purchase, and the additional strength that comes with it to negotiate discounts and rebates, the purchasing power of CVS/caremark is at an all-time high.

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Member Survey Results

Emily Torgerson  •   November 30, 2017

In honor of our cooperative nature, we recently conducted a survey to ask members for their input. We had a great number of responses and were flattered by the feedback received.

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New Board Representative from the Lone Star State

Emily Torgerson  •   November 16, 2017

Please join us in welcoming our newest board representative! Don Graham, Executive Director of the ISAS Group Benefits Trust, was appointed to the National CooperativeRx Board of Directors effective November 1, 2017 to fill the position of a departing board representative. The ISAS Trust does business in Texas and Oklahoma, providing affordable, sustainable and comprehensive

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Money, Money, Money

Deb Steele  •   November 6, 2017

We are happy to report that National CooperativeRx has been able to pay out over $39 MILLION to our members this year — and the year isn’t over yet.

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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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