Issue Brief

No. 765

Pharmacy Benefit Managers: A Model for Medicare?
July 9, 2001


Veronica V. Goff, Consultant


This issue brief uses large-employer experiences with pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) to shed light on their potential as Medicare outpatient drug benefit administrators. PBM management techniques are discussed, as well as employer perspectives on PBM strengths and weaknesses and lessons learned. Considerations for Medicare policy are also examined. The brief built on a previous NHPF issue brief entitled The ABCs of PBMs.

Related Materials

See also the entry for the related Forum Session.

In addition, see the earlier document, The ABCs of PBMs (Issue Brief 749, October 27, 1999).

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