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EHR CTO to EHR developers: now is the time for drug price transparency

04/30/2018
EHR CTO to EHR developers: now is the time for drug price transparency

The public debate about high drug prices has failed to address an inconvenient truth: There are huge variations in drug pricing from one pharmacy to another within the same geographical area.


The Crazy Way Drugs are Priced and What Can Be Done About It

03/19/2018
The Crazy Way Drugs are Priced and What Can Be Done About It

Pharmaceutical companies are generally blamed for America’s high prescription drug prices, but they aren’t the first place to look. 


Cigna to buy Express Scripts in $67 billion deal

03/09/2018
Cigna to buy Express Scripts in $67 billion deal

Supply chain experts are skeptical the $67 billion Cigna Corp.-Express Scripts deal will do much to transform the healthcare industry, let alone deliver any significant savings to customers.


 Cigna’s plan to buy Express Scripts is no boon to drug purchasers

03/08/2018
Cigna’s plan to buy Express Scripts is no boon to drug purchasers

Cigna unveiled plans this week to acquire pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts, accelerating the trend toward healthcare supply-chain consolidation.


Memo to EHR vendors from an EHR CTO: It’s time for true drug price transparency

03/02/2018
Memo to EHR vendors from an EHR CTO: It’s time for true drug price transparency

EHR vendors face a tough challenge in deciding which new features to develop and integrate for their next release and which ones to leave on the cutting room floor.


HIStalk Interviews Tom Borzilleri, CEO, InteliSys Health

02/26/2018
HIStalk Interviews Tom Borzilleri, CEO, InteliSys Health

Tell me about yourself and the company: I spent many years in the finance business. My first dive into the healthcare space was back in the late 1990s, having founded and operated the second-largest patient finance company in the country. As I progressed on through the years and had a successful exit of that company, I then moved into the PBM space in the mid-2000s.


Readers Write: It’s Time for Drug Price Transparency

02/14/2018
Readers Write: It’s Time for Drug Price Transparency

EHR vendors face a tough challenge in deciding which new features to develop and integrate for their next release and which ones to leave on the cutting room floor. The benefits of each potential enhancement must be weighed against the costs, usually measured in programming time. Moreover, features required for Meaningful Use and MIPS must be included, making the triage even more difficult.


Pricing Front and Center

01/03/2018
Pricing Front and Center

Pharmaceutical pricing is a complex — and often controversial — issue impacting all stakeholders in healthcare. 


The CVS Health-Aetna deal: Are patients winners or losers? How will Amazon and Google react? 8 key questions answered

12/08/2017
The CVS Health-Aetna deal: Are patients winners or losers? How will Amazon and Google react? 8 key questions answered

CVS Health announced plans to acquire Aetna earlier this week for $69 billion, and leaders across healthcare are examining what the deal could mean for the industry going forward.


Jury is Out on Possible Effects of CVS/Aetna Merger-Could result in fewer choices for Aetna enrollees, observers say

12/06/2017
Jury is Out on Possible Effects of CVS/Aetna Merger-Could result in fewer choices for Aetna enrollees, observers say

If the proposed $69-billion purchase of health insurer Aetna by CVS -- a pharmacy chain that is also a pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) -- is approved, it may be good news for the companies involved, but its potential effects on patients and providers are not so clear, experts say.


Does Amazon Have What It Takes to Transform the Pharma Industry?

12/06/2017
Does Amazon Have What It Takes to Transform the Pharma Industry?

From basics like toilet paper to luxuries such as flatscreen TVs, Amazon can deliver just about anything to a doorstep these days—so, what about prescription drugs? That’s the question the company seems to be currently asking itself and is expected to announce its answer soon. 


Jeff Bezos, America’s patients need you to disrupt the drug industry

12/05/2017
Jeff Bezos, America’s patients need you to disrupt the drug industry

Dear Jeff Bezos –

Recent rumors that Amazon is considering entering the prescription drug business have that multi-billion-dollar industry quaking in its collective boots. And for good reason: Amazon has a reputation for exposing and driving down prices for the good of consumers.


CVS-Aetna Merger: Great for Shareholders and Catastrophic for Consumers

11/27/2017
CVS-Aetna Merger: Great for Shareholders and Catastrophic for Consumers

The rumored $66 billion merger of retail pharmacy CVS and health insurer Aetna holds strong potential to inflict financial pain on American patients by artificially inflating prescription drug prices while reducing transparency and competition.


Integrated PBM model could pose a threat to hospitals

11/03/2017
Integrated PBM model could pose a threat to hospitals

High-cost hospitals could end up holding the short end of the stick if new integrated pharmacy benefit models take hold.


How Technology Could Aid Amazon’s Prescription Drug Play

11/02/2017
How Technology Could Aid Amazon’s Prescription Drug Play

Amazon’s plans to enter the healthcare market may not be ready for prime time, but it is high time for the healthcare industry to take Amazon’s threat seriously.


CVS Move on Aetna Likely Driven by Lucrative Pharmacy Benefit Management

11/01/2017
CVS Move on Aetna Likely Driven by Lucrative Pharmacy Benefit Management

The pharmacy giant could be trying to move beyond contract-for-services by acquiring a health plan with a huge customer base. Regulators may be wary of the deal reducing options for Aetna members.


Consumer benefit: The secret to getting an Aetna/CVS deal past regulators

10/31/2017
Consumer benefit: The secret to getting an Aetna/CVS deal past regulators

After failed merger with Humana, Aetna would need to convince feds that the merger is more than two industry behemoths coming together.


Anthem's new PBM to spark change throughout the industry

10/19/2017
Anthem's new PBM to spark change throughout the industry

Anthem's creation of its own pharmacy benefit management company could drive change throughout the industry as health plans and PBMs aim to maintain their competitive edge, experts said.


Amazon, Anthem, Congress Put Drug Benefits Firms in Hot Spot

10/18/2017
Amazon, Anthem, Congress Put Drug Benefits Firms in Hot Spot

Health insurance giant Anthem Inc. moved to sever ties with pharmacy-benefits manager Express Scripts Holding Co. on Wednesday, opting instead to build its own such business in collaboration with CVS Health Corp. as it looks to contain its spiraling drug costs.


Why We Need To Buy Medicine The Way We Buy Gas

10/16/2017
Why We Need To Buy Medicine The Way We Buy Gas

Quick quiz: Where is the cheapest gas in your neighborhood? Like most Americans, I can easily come up with an answer – it’s an independently owned station about a mile away where the price drops 10 cents a gallon after 9 p.m.


Top Solutions To Lower Drug Prices

09/15/2017
Top Solutions To Lower Drug Prices

When two pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs)—Express Scripts and CVS Health—recently launched direct-to-consumer, drug discount cards, the pharmacy industry might have wondered if these pharmacy middlemen were trying out a new role.


5 companies that want to take the time suck out of prior authorization requests

09/05/2017
5 companies that want to take the time suck out of prior authorization requests

The prior authorization process is a frequent, time-consuming process for physicians. A survey of 1,000 physicians revealed they made prior authorization requests 37 times per week on average, according to data from the American Medical Association.


Fierce Innovation Awards: Healthcare Edition Program Announces Finalists, InteliSys Health Recognized

07/25/2017
Fierce Innovation Awards: Healthcare Edition Program Announces Finalists, InteliSys Health Recognized

SAN DIEGO—July 25, 2017—InteliSyS Health™, pioneer of the first real-time prescription transparency platform, announced today that is has been selected as a finalist in this year’s Fierce Innovation Awards: Healthcare Edition 2017, an awards program from the publisher of FierceHealthcare. InteliSys Health was recognized as a finalist in the category of Clinical Information Management.  


Tech Can Solve A Stubborn Problem: Medication Adherence

07/21/2017
Tech Can Solve A Stubborn Problem: Medication Adherence

Despite the healthcare ecosystem’s push for transparency, there remains a shroud of secrecy around one ubiquitous healthcare treatment tool: prescription drugs. No one — not doctors, not insurers and certainly not patients — know what they really cost.


Allscripts veteran joins InteliSys Health to advance drug price decision support tools

07/17/2017
Allscripts veteran joins InteliSys Health to advance drug price decision support tools

One aspect of the digital health boom has been the development of tools providing greater transparency for the diverse cost of medical procedures to employers and consumers.


Former Allscripts Chief Innovation Officer Stanley Crane Joins InteliSys Health as CTO

07/11/2017
Former Allscripts Chief Innovation Officer Stanley Crane Joins InteliSys Health as CTO

SAN DIEGO—July 11, 2017InteliSyS Health™, pioneer of the first real-time prescription transparency platform, announced that former Allscripts Chief Technology Officer and Chief Innovation Officer Stanley Crane has joined the executive team as CTO. Crane will guide development of InteliSys’ breakthrough point-of-care drug pricing and medication adherence tools, as well as spearhead new products in additional markets.


ICER, VA join to work on drug value, price negotiations

07/11/2017
ICER, VA join to work on drug value, price negotiations

The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) will work with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Pharmacy Benefits Management Services office (PBM) to facilitate their integration of ICER reports into VA’s formulary management process of evaluating the comparative clinical effectiveness and value of drugs.


InteliScript Re-Christened InteliSys Health, Reflecting Strategic Focus on Drug Price Transparency and Medication Adherence

06/20/2017
InteliScript Re-Christened InteliSys Health, Reflecting Strategic Focus on Drug Price Transparency and Medication Adherence

June 20, 2017. InteliScript, pioneer of the first real-time prescription transparency platform, today announced that it has changed its name to InteliSys Health™. The change reflects the company's strategic expansion beyond prescribing-focused solutions to a cloud-based platform.


Technology Can Lift the Veil of Secrecy on Drug Prices

05/24/2017
Technology Can Lift the Veil of Secrecy on Drug Prices

May 24, 2017. EHR vendors can offer tools that deliver the prices for any drug at the five cheapest pharmacies nearby. Doctors can have this data at their fingertips.


6 health IT leaders: Key thoughts on AHCA

05/16/2017
6 health IT leaders: Key thoughts on AHCA

May 16, 2017. The AHCA would repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a new framework for the healthcare system.


A Secret Profit Formula Loved by Drug Middlemen Is at Risk

04/26/2017
A Secret Profit Formula Loved by Drug Middlemen Is at Risk

April 26, 2017. Pharmacy benefit managers’ business practices are so opaque that employers and insurers who hire them can’t know whether the powerful middlemen are saving them money or driving up costs.


Anthem's breakup with Express Scripts to prompt greater PBM scrutiny

04/25/2017
Anthem's breakup with Express Scripts to prompt greater PBM scrutiny

April 25, 2017. Anthem's decision to cut ties with its long-time pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts, saying it withheld billions in cost savings.


InteliScript's Market Disruptive Technology Built to Save Patients-Carriers-Payors Billions of Dollars Annually

11/29/2016
InteliScript's Market Disruptive Technology Built to Save Patients-Carriers-Payors Billions of Dollars Annually

November 29, 2016. Designed to Disrupt Drug Discount Mobile Apps and Drug Discount Cards


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