Pharmacy Integration: New Models
To best advance whole health and influence outcomes, patient experience, and cost of care, we must consider pharmacy levers. Recent studies have found that, in the United States, drug costs account for approximately 15% of overall healthcare spending.1 Total drug spending in the U.S. stood at $577 billion in 2021, up 7.7% from 2020.2 Further, over 48% of people in the U.S. have used at least one prescription drug in the past 30 days.3 The inclusion of pharmacy as a component of whole health is, therefore, critical.
To address these dynamics, we should look at pharmacy differently — not as a transactional process of filling prescriptions but as part of a whole-health experience. What is needed are strategies, plans, benefits, and tools designed to support the whole person, in partnership with their care teams. That means creating a new model of pharmacy that meets consumers where they are in their healthcare journey to help achieve quality outcomes and drive affordability.
The right pharmacy partner is an important contributor to whole health and can help care providers address gaps in patient care, create effective treatment plans, and manage the overall patient experience. CarelonRx's solutions leverage advanced analytics and technology to create new models of pharmacy care that deliver results and connect the dots for consumers.