Conference Highlights AMCP

Here are summaries of some studies presented at this year's Annual Meeting of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy. These studies highlight some of the main trends in healthcare with important implications for payers, employers, drug manufacturers, providers, patients, and other healthcare stakeholders.
The following summaries represent a sample of the many studies presented at the 27th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), April 7-10, 2015, in San Diego, CA
The following summaries highlight some of the key posters presented at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Nexus14 meeting on October 7-10, 2014, in Boston, MA, focusing on findings with significant implications for payers, employers, providers, policy­makers, patients, and other healthcare stakeholders.
The following summaries highlight some of the key posters presented at the 26th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), April 1-4, 2014, in Tampa, FL, focusing on areas of interest for payers, employers, drug manufacturers, providers, and other healthcare stakeholders.

The step therapy requirement for adalimumab coverage does not lead to increased cost to the health plan or increased utilization, according to a retrospective claims-based study by Kyle Burcher, PharmD, UnitedHealthcare Pharmacy, Minnetonka, MN, and colleagues from UnitedHealthcare and OptumInsight. They presented their data at the 2013 annual meeting of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy.1

The following summaries of posters presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), April 3-5, 2013, in San Diego, CA, represent areas of interest for payers, employers, drug manufacturers, providers, and other healthcare stakeholders.

Identifying low-cost medication alternatives can be time-consuming and is often therefore not followed by clinicians. A group of pharmacists led by Nicole Allie, PharmD, CGP, at Atrius Health, Watertown, MA, instituted the Chart Flag Service, a program designed to alert prescribing providers, in real time, on appropriate, lowcost medication alternatives.

Enrollment in consumer-directed health plans (CDHPs) has evolved as a strategy to control healthcare costs and improve member satisfaction. According to the Mercer National Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans, in 2010, 10% of employers offered their employees CDHPs; in 2011, that grew to 13%; and by June 8, 2012, 10% of employers offered CDHPs to their employees.

The use of high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) is a growing strategy by employers to control costs, who claim that they encourage member responsibility and reduce unnecessary care utilization. Opponents of HDHPs suggest that this may result in some members going without necessary care. Katrina Moore, PharmD, and colleagues at SelectHealth, Murray, UT, conducted a retrospective database analysis to compare medical and pharmacy costs, as well as clinical outcomes, between members in traditional health plans (N = 21,480) or in an HDHP (N = 971).

Knowledge of pharmacogenomics—a collection of genomic factors contributing to individual variability in response to drug therapy—enhances the ability to diagnose, prevent, and treat disease. Although understanding the correct application of pharmacogenomics may be essential to providing cost-effective care, barriers include the absence of provider knowledge and inappropriate reimbursement strategies. Angela Luong, PharmD, and colleagues at OPTUMInsight conducted a survey of pharmacists regarding their knowledge of genetic testing and utilization strategies.

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