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Medco, Castlight Health Integrate Web Tools For Drug And Medical Costs To Empower Consumers and Improve Care
Date:1/9/2012

and cost." 

"Castlight's approach to revealing quality and price data is closely aligned with our healthcare philosophy," added Tracy Grunsfeld, Medco Vice President of New Markets.  "We have always viewed information technology as a tool to make medicine smarter – leading to better health outcomes at a much lower cost.  This pilot program complements our current client offerings and will enable members to reap the rewards of both medical and pharmacy information that work in conjunction with one another."

The integrated portal will also highlight Medco gaps-in-care alerts, which message members about late refills and/or omissions of essential therapies, along with other Medco clinical alerts and Castlight-identified medical quality and savings opportunities.

"Exposing people to important information about their health helps them manage their condition to achieve better overall outcomes," continued Grunsfeld.  "The integration of Medco clinical alerts on the Castlight portal is an ideal complement to Castlight's quality of care information and condition-specific education for members, which is based on their unique health status."

The program could have a significant impact for consumers bearing an increasing share of their healthcare costs through higher deductibles and cost sharing.  The use of CDHPs (consumer-directed health plans) has increased in recent years with 17 percent of workers getting this form of coverage in 2011, an increase from 8 percent in 2009, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation's Employer Health Benefits 2011 Annual Survey. Costs have generally shifted increasingly to employees, since the number of workers enrolled in a plan with a general annual deductible of $1,000 or more for single coverage has increased to 31 percent in 2011 from 10 percent in 2006.

"Healthcare transparency is increasingly important to employers and their employees," Colella said.  "Healthcare co
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