January 2018 Cost Containment Tips

  • Become familiar with your Pharmacy Benefits Manager (PBM) and their approach with specialty or high dollar drugs.
  • Educate members on the benefits of case management. Case managers can assist members in looking for more cost-effective options.
  • Communicate to employees the importance of being aware of the drugs they are being prescribed, by asking questions of their doctor and learning about any alternative options for their medications. This reminder should be delivered at least annually during open enrollment meetings.
  • If a hospital visit is required, encourage employees to discuss with their doctor bringing their own medications, which the hospital pharmacy can dispense as needed, then return any remaining medication at discharge.