The new “consumer-driven health plans” may be falling behind traditional pharmacy benefit managers in the area of high-tech support services.
Researchers at Pharmaceutical Strategies Group L.P., Dallas, have published data supporting that assessment in a summary of an informal survey of 49 benefit plan sponsors.
About 56% of the participating plans now offer health plans that incorporate health savings accounts or health reimbursement arrangements or hope to offer account-based plans in the next 12 months.
At this point, only about 6% of the employees eligible for the participants’ existing account-based plans have signed up for those plans, survey participants reported.
The health account programs seem to be holding down increases in drug costs, but the decrease has been less than the participating employers had hoped, according to PSG researchers.