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Precision Drug Utilization Management: The Future of Oncology Medication Management

2022-06-23T15:27:48+00:00Thought Leadership|

The exponential spending growth in oncology has resulted in myriad utilization management strategies by both payers and providers to control costs, especially drug costs. Precision’s Julianna Kula, Bruce Edelen, Ronald Schleif, Jeffrey Becker, Mark Urban, and Elizabeth Oyekan explore current and emerging drug utilization management strategies being employed to help curtail oncology costs without adversely impacting patient quality and outcomes.


Judge Strikes Down ‘Accumulator Rule,’ Ending Potential Threat to Patient Assistance

2022-06-23T14:58:03+00:00Thought Leadership|

More pushback against copay programs likely on the horizon: Precision’s Ryan Cox and Reta Mourad, PharmD, FNTP discuss why a federal court’s decision striking down a CMS rule that would have narrowed the exclusions from Medicaid best price for manufacturer-provided patient-assistance programs, as well as a recent pharma lawsuit against a maximizer company, could spur more states to take action of their own.


The rise of virtual care: Implications across the health care continuum

2022-06-13T17:20:47+00:00Thought Leadership|

The COVID-19 pandemic served as a catalyst for the expansion and uptake of telehealth and virtual care for office visits and outpatient care, which rose from less than 1% utilization in 2019 to more than 50% at the height of the pandemic in 2020. Now, as the pandemic stabilizes, virtual care visits have declined significantly and have largely stabilized at about 10% of health care visits. Precision’s Elizabeth Oyekan and Reta Mourad discuss three reasons that virtual care and telehealth care are here to stay.


Court Decision on Accumulator Rule Could Encourage State Bans

2022-06-06T13:38:32+00:00Thought Leadership|

A federal court recently struck down a CMS final rule slated to take effect in 2023 which would have required pharmaceutical manufacturers to ensure that financial assistance provided to patients goes only to patients and not to payers under their copay accumulator and maximizer programs. Despite the ruling, Precision’s Ryan Cox and Reta Mourad discuss how the renewed attention to these programs could spur more states to take action of their own against them.


Diabetes Cure or Diabetes Management?

2022-06-03T14:56:56+00:00Thought Leadership|

Diabetes deaths in the United States continue to surge well above pre-pandemic levels with over 100,000 Americans dying from diabetes in 2021. Increasing deaths from diabetes is a clear call to action for new solutions. Historically, diabetes has been treated as a chronic disease, managed with a lifetime of medications. However, a new line of thinking about diabetes remission permeates the literature.


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