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Top Ten Pharmacy Benefit Manager Utilization Management Programs

Ranking the top utilization management (UM) programs used by Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) can be complex due to the proprietary nature of specific tools and strategies employed by different organizations. However, several key types of UM programs are commonly recognized as effective in managing pharmacy benefits and controlling costs while ensuring patient care. Here’s TransparentRx’s ranking of the top ten pharmacy benefit manager utilization management programs:

Pharmacy benefits must be carefully managed to ensure people receive cost-effective treatment, improving their well-being and helping them lead happier, longer lives. This also enables employers to maintain a healthy and engaged workforce. These UM programs form the core of what many top PBMs use to manage drug utilization effectively. Each program has its strengths and plays a critical role in balancing cost containment with the provision of high-quality care. The specific effectiveness and ranking can vary depending on the specific health populations managed and the overall strategy of the PBM.

Tyrone Squires, MBA, CPBS

I am the proud founder and managing director of TransparentRx, a fiduciary-model PBM based in Las Vegas, Nevada. We help health plan sponsors reduce pharmacy spend, by as much as 50%, without cutting benefits or shifting costs to employees.

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