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Poor Health Decisions Cost Billions; New Report Identifies Unhealthy Behavior as Top Concern of Benefit Providers
Date:5/17/2012

ST. LOUIS, May 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

  • "9 Trends" Report Identifies What's On the Minds of Employers and Health Plans:
    • Helping Members Make Healthier Decisions
    • Using Social Media and Apps to Engage Members and Improve Behaviors
    • Developing New Ways to Comprehensively Manage Specialty Care
    • Improving Convenience and Adherence through Home Delivery

Poor health choices add billions in cost to the companies, unions, health plans and government agencies that provide pharmacy benefits to Americans. In response, benefit providers are investing as never before to help people make better decisions to improve health outcomes, save money and maintain robust benefits, according to a report issued today by Express Scripts (NASDAQ: ESRX).

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According to the fifth annual "9 Leading Trends in Rx Plan Management," more than 75 percent of plan sponsors say behavior-driven conditions are the greatest contributors to plan costs. The report, which polled benefit managers from 318 organizations representing more than nine million covered lives, was conducted on behalf of Medco Health Solutions, which merged with Express Scripts earlier this year.

"This is a broad acknowledgement of how critical addressing behavior is to reducing healthcare costs," said Tim Wentworth, senior vice president and president, sales and account management, Express Scripts. "A vast majority of our clients are now focusing on improving the health behaviors of plan members. This is critical, especially at a time when rising healthcare costs, waste from medication nonadherence and suboptimal health outcomes are making it harder
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