Nine Things to Know About Current Opioid Misuse from a New SAMHSA Report | By Clive Riddle, September 15, 2017

The HHS agency SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) has released a new 86-page report: Key Substance Use and Mental Health Indicators in the United States: Results from the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and.....Click to continue


Eight Drivers of 2018 Health Insurance Premium Changes

  1. Underlying growth in health care costs
  2. Legislative / regulatory uncertainty
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Source: American Academy of Actuaries Issue Brief

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"While traditional drug trend was flat over the two-year period, the Medicaid FFS space experienced double-digit growth in specialty, which is similar to what we're seeing with commercial plans. This indicates that states, like commercial plans, are not immune from the higher costs associated with specialty drugs and highlights a real opportunity for states to take a more innovative management approach."

-Doug Brown
VP of Account Management, Pharmacy Pricing and Value-Based Solutions, Magellan Rx Management


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