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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Specialty High-Dollar Claim Review Program: Launch Date & Pilot Savings

Emily Torgerson  •   September 30, 2020

The week is finally here! Our specialty high-dollar claim review program launches this Thursday, October 1. This program will focus on reviewing indication-specific dosing of specialty medications and optimizing dose regimens for efficiency. Our Cooperative pharmacists will assess all specialty claims above $10,000 to identify and resolve issues at no additional cost to members who

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Flu Shots Are Necessary in the Age of COVID-19

Wayne Salverda  •   September 2, 2020

September marks the beginning of this year’s flu season. Retail pharmacies began receiving inventory for it in middle to late August. In today’s world, where every newspaper headline and media bit read the latest on the coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths, treatments, and potential vaccines, it’s easy to lose track of the importance of protecting yourself against

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Executive Order on Prescription Drug Prices (2020)

Josh Bindl  •   July 29, 2020

Reform of prescription drug prices is badly needed for patients and plan sponsors. Various complexities already make reforming this industry difficult. On July 24, 2020, President Trump announced executive orders intended to address the issue of high prescription drug prices in the United States. These actions are similar to reforms first outlined in The Trump

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New Specialty High-Dollar Claim Review Program: 10/1/20

Emily Torgerson  •   June 24, 2020

It is no secret that specialty pharmacy spend is growing and makes up the majority of many plans’ total pharmacy spend. With so much money at stake, it is apparent that more oversight of specialty spend from independent clinical experts is needed. This is where National CooperativeRx comes in. As a watchdog for our members,

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Member Spotlight: Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

Emily Torgerson  •   June 8, 2020

As National CooperativeRx is member-owned and member-governed, our top priority and commitment is to our 260 member groups and their 375,000 covered lives. One of those member groups is Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC), who has experienced a significant decrease in drug spend since joining the Cooperative. We are pleased at their benefit plan’s success

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Personalized Medicine: Past, Present and Future

Wayne Salverda  •   May 22, 2020

Last month marked 17 years since the Human Genome Project, an international research effort to determine the DNA sequence of the entire human genome.1 This historic achievement is due to the groundbreaking work of past researchers like Gregor Mendel, Watson and Crick, and many others. Their work set the stage for today’s personalized medicine wonders

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How Will the Pandemic Affect Pharmacy and Health Care Services?

Erica Guetzlaff  •   May 13, 2020

The global pandemic we are currently living in, also known as “the COVID-19 era,” will have long-lasting effects on most aspects of our daily lives. Temperature checks at restaurants, empty baseball stadiums and the lack of middle seats on an airplane are just some of the changes you can expect to see in the near

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Strategies to Improve Savings on Pharmacy Benefit Expenses

Kyle Kapusta  •   April 15, 2020

How Plan Sponsors Can Save on Costs and Offer Value Economic downturns are a natural part of business operations.  The uncertainty of today’s economy has forced some business decision-makers to start thinking about ways they can save on expenses to avoid lay-offs and furloughed employees. One place employers turn to control costs is their employee

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