Infographic: 10 Harbingers of Healthcare Change

Friday, October 3rd, 2014
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

As the global market for prescription drugs surpasses $1 trillion this year, the push for value-based healthcare delivery and reimbursement is just one of the factors that will drive disruptive change in the healthcare industry in the coming years, according to a new report by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.

The study, Harbingers of Change in Healthcare, identifies 10 recent events that represent turning points in the role of medicines in advancing healthcare. The 10 events are highlighted in a new infographic by the IMS Institute.

Physician Adoption of Health IT

Narrow Network Strategies and Trends for Health Plans and PBMs Narrow networks — for both medical and pharmacy providers — are gradually becoming more accepted by carriers, plan sponsors and patients. Smaller provider networks allow payers to manage overall healthcare costs while still maintaining access to benefits — an important consideration as plan designs become more commoditized in the age of public and private health insurance exchanges.

Narrow Network Strategies and Trends for Health Plans and PBMs outlines the tactics health plans are using to restrict medical and pharmacy networks while still maintaining adequate access to care and positive relationships with providers. It also summarizes case studies of health plans and PBMs that have formed narrow networks and the results they’ve seen.

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