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Highmark Study Shows Integrated Medical and Pharmacy Benefits Lower Costs, Promote Better Health
Date:6/2/2010

an class="xn-person">Donald Fischer, Highmark's chief medical officer. "By using pharmacy claims data, we are able to identify members who have chronic conditions and provide physicians and members access to information that can help them more effectively manage their diseases."

In fact, 43 percent of Highmark members with asthma, 41 percent with diabetes and about 30 percent of members with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have been identified as having chronic conditions based on pharmacy claims.

"If those members with chronic conditions had their pharmacy benefit carved out, it would have been difficult for us to identify their disease and get them the help they need in managing it," said Fischer.

About Highmark Inc.

As one of the leading health insurers in Pennsylvania, Highmark Inc.'s mission is to provide access to affordable, quality health care enabling individuals to live longer, healthier lives. Based in Pittsburgh, Highmark serves 4.7 million people through the company's health care benefits business. Highmark contributes millions of dollars to help keep quality health care programs affordable and to support community-based programs that work to improve people's health. Highmark exerts an enormous economic impact throughout Pennsylvania. A recent study states that Highmark's positive impact exceeded $2.5 billion. The company provides the resources to give its members a greater hand in their health.

Highmark Inc. is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans. For more information, visit

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