TALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Public/Private Sector Strategies for America's Health Care Future (PS2) has delivered to Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Melbourne, its report detailing how the state can reduce its spending on pharmaceuticals. The report makes recommendations in 21 areas that conservatively would save Florida taxpayers up to $170 million a year.
"Our charge was to identify steps the state could take that would result in maximum savings and at the same time mitigate the harm to those served by the various state programs," Jeffrey Lewis, president of PS2, said. "The PS2 blueprint provides the Legislature with a roadmap to achieve effective and important legislative changes to smart prescription drug purchasing and management. It demonstrates real solutions for real problems."
PS2's report, The Florida Rx Blueprint: Achieving Greater Savings for Florida's Taxpayers, will assist public policymakers as they seek to reduce government spending. The report provides an explanation of the pharmaceutical problems the state faces and solutions to those problems. As the analysis notes, some of the issues involved are complicated.
Some of the report's recommendations are:
Currently, the state of Florida spends more than $1.5 billion on pharmaceuticals. These expenses are incurred by at least seven state agencies with a multitude of programs. A constant theme of the report is a lack of coordination among state departments, a lack of transparency and lack of value-based contracting.
The Florida Senate commissioned the Rx Blueprint report. A full copy is available at: www.ps2healthcare.org.
|SOURCE Public/Private Sector Strategies for America's Health Care Future|
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