PharmaCare's three-year contract with BHCAG calls for the PBM to provide a retail pharmacy network and to offer the coalition such services as online claims processing, mail-order and specialty pharmacy, and formulary management.
"We realized that no single PBM could provide us with everything we wanted, so the question became: 'Who would be the best partner to get us there in the future?' PharmaCare was the clear choice," commented Laurie Fenwick, manager of employee benefits at Minnesota Life, another BHCAG coalition member.
Schultz drew on the BHCAG
data to conduct a study with Roger Feldman, of the University of Minnesota, focused on flexible spending accounts (FSAs)--tax shelters that enable users to set aside money from paychecks for out-of-pocket spending on medical care.
In 1997, the BHCAG
implemented a new purchasing model focused on delivering consumer choice and healthcare quality through care systems.
* Ask buyers' coalitions such as BHCAG
(Minneapolis); Pacific Business Action Group on Health (San Francisco); Washington Business Group on Health (Washington, D.C.); New York Buyers Group on Health (New York City); or the Midwest Business Group on Health (Chicago).
Under its three-year contract with BHCAG
PharmaCare is providing a retail pharmacy network as well as offering such services as online claims processing, mail-order and specialty pharmacy, and formulary management.
The study setting is the Buyers Health Care Action Group (BHCAG
), a health insurance purchasing and reform coalition comprising 30 employers in the Minneapolis, Minnesota, region.
is a coalition of more than 30 employers, including Supervalu Inc.; Park Nicollet Health Services; Jostens, a provider of school yearbooks and related products; and Minnesota Life Insurance Co.
In mid-1995, the region's influential large-employer coalition, BHCAG
(Business Health Care Action Group) put its HMOs on notice. Beginning in 1997, when its agreement expires with Health Partners, the employers' group intends to contract directly with local networks of physicians and hospitals.
In 1998 we conducted a telephone survey of randomly selected employees in firms aligned with the Buyers Health Care Action Group (BHCAG
) in the Minneapolis-St.
This decrease is largely due to HealthPartners' decision to discontinue providing administrative services to the Buyers Health Care Action Group (BHCAG
), resulting in a decrease of more than 100,000 enrollees.
The Buyers Health Care Action Group (BHCAG
), an employer coalition in the Twin Cities, has fostered such networks to treat its employees.