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Impact of Tiered Co-Pays: A Survey of Patients and Pharmacists

Employers increasingly have adopted strategies to reduce prescription drug expenditures, including cost-sharing arrangements that require employees to pay a greater share of the costs. In 2002, approximately 57% of people with employer-sponsored health benefits were enrolled in multi-tier copay plans. The growing use of tiered benefit plans and increasing co-pay levels has prompted concern that higher co-pays may lead patients, particularly those with chronic illnesses, to reduce their prescription drug compliance and, consequently, experience negative health outcomes that result in increased utilization of other health care services.

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E.V.I.dently January 2016

MessageThe Importance of Evidence, Value, Access and Innovation in 2016In his annual health care outlook, NPC President Dan Leonard explains why...
Commentary and Testimony Page

The Importance of Evidence, Value, Access and Innovation in 2016

Last year, in our 2015 Health Care Outlook published in Chain Drug Review, I highlighted the recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Health and...
Blog Post

Can We Work Together to Ensure Patient Access to Treatments and Encourage Innovation?

Is it possible for all health care stakeholders to work together to develop solutions for containing costs that ensure patient access to care and...
Blog Post

The Shift to Value-Based Care: Balancing Quality Improvement with Patient Access

Over the last few years, there has been a significant shift throughout our health care system to move to a delivery and payment model known as value-...
Press Release

Pharmaceuticals Play Key Role in Achieving ACO Quality, Cost Goals

WASHINGTON, DC, July 18, 2012–As health care providers set up accountable care organizations (ACOs) and other value-based care programs,...
Press Release

Study Sheds New Light on the Impact of Medication Adherence, Multiple Chronic Diseases and Health Risks in the Workplace

(Chicago -- June 16, 2011) A new study suggests that while medication adherence is a critical element in reducing the impact of illness, employers...
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Medication Compliance Is Top of Employers’ Minds, According to New Survey

Washington, DC (November 19, 2009)--More employers are taking steps to improve their employees’ health by making sure they take their medicines as...
Press Release

Avalere Explores Impact of Comparative Effectiveness Research on Healthcare Innovation

Washington, DC (November 17, 2009) – A new Avalere Health report presents an analytic framework for evaluating the impact of comparative...
Commentary and Testimony Page

The Importance of Evidence, Value, Access and Innovation in 2016

Last year, in our 2015 Health Care Outlook published in Chain Drug Review, I highlighted the recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Health and...
Commentary and Testimony Page

NPC Comments on CMS' Proposed Changes to Protected Classes

March 7, 2014Marilyn B. TavennerAdministratorCenters for Medicare & Medicaid ServicesU.S. Department of Health and Human Services200 Independence...
Commentary and Testimony Page

Linking Chronic Conditions to Medication Adherence and Productivity

It's no secret that chronic disease is the major driver of health care costs in the United States, accounting for two-thirds of the rise in health...
Commentary and Testimony Page

More Employers Are Taking Steps to Improve Medication Compliance

More employers are taking steps to improve their employees’ health by making sure they take their medicines as prescribed, a move that could stave...
YouTube Videos

Accountable Care Measures for High-Cost Specialty Care and Innovative Treatment

Tom Valuck, MD, MHSA, JD, partner, Discern Health, is a co-author of the white paper "Accountable Care Measures for High-Cost Specialty Care and...
YouTube Videos

Ensuring Inclusive and Diverse Research

Andre Williams, CEO of the Association of Black Cardiologists explains that research should be inclusive and diverse, taking racial, ethnic and...
YouTube Videos

Patients, Research and Access to Health Care

Myrl Weinberg, FASAE, CAE, president of the National Health Council, says that it's important to for individuals, especially those with chronic...
Blog Post

Can We Work Together to Ensure Patient Access to Treatments and Encourage Innovation?

Is it possible for all health care stakeholders to work together to develop solutions for containing costs that ensure patient access to care and...
Blog Post

The Shift to Value-Based Care: Balancing Quality Improvement with Patient Access

Over the last few years, there has been a significant shift throughout our health care system to move to a delivery and payment model known as value-...
Blog Post

It’s International Infection Prevention Week: The Importance of Medication Adherence

Doctors, pharmacists and other health care providers frequently remind their patients to take their prescription medication exactly as directed. But...
Blog Post

Consumer-Directed Health Plans & Employees' Health and Productivity

More employers are offering consumer-directed health plans (CDHPs), which are high-deductible plans offered in combination with an account that...

Designing Successful Bundled Payment Initiatives

The National Pharmaceutical Council led a study that identified three principles intended to...

Developing Evidence that is Fit for Purpose: A Framework for Payer and Research Dialogue

A study published in the September 2015 issue of The American Journal of Managed Care introduces a...
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