Affordable Care Act

Direct-to-consumer: New avenue for PBMs could provide political shelter

Departing from their traditional role working for payers as third-party administrators of prescription drug coverage, two of the largest pharmacy benefit managers are taking a direct-to-consumer approach through drug discount programs.   The discount cards (also known as consumer cards, point-of-sales cards, or 100 percent copay cards) bypass the payers that PBMs typically serve, disrupting […]

Digital health news update: Merger mania; advertising’s existential dillema

Walgreens is expanding its telehealth deal with MDLive to cover behavioral therapy virtual visits as part of a broader mental health offering. Fortune notes that it “gives Walgreens an important touchpoint with payers, providers and patients: drug adherence.” Fitbit CEO James Park told investors and analysts that the company is looking to go deeper on […]