Mari Edlin
Mari Edlin is a frequent contributor to Managed Healthcare Executive. She is based in Sonoma, California.
Pharmacists as providers: The expanding, changing role
Although many states and the federal government are taking a close look at granting provider status for pharmacists, the two entities have slightly different priorities.
The new patient-centered pharmacy
Patient-centered pharmacies, which put consumers and their relationship with pharmacists and caregivers at the center of the business model, is producing improved outcomes.
New weapons combat opioid addiction
The number of deaths from prescription pain relievers dropped 5% in 2012, and new tools are helping in the fight against opioid abuse.

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Closed formularies hold the line on costs
Health plans struggling to rein in pharmacy costs are using mail service, disease management programs, financial incentives for generics, member cost sharing, and, increasingly, limited and closed formularies.
The rising cost of generic drugs
Drug shortages and manufacturer consolidation are leaving their imprint on the price of some generic drugs.
Oncology ACOs offer innovation for high-cost populations
Florida Blue creates single-specialty ACOs

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IOM core competencies focus on collaborative care
As health systems become more integrated, health plan pharmacy directors are finding themselves in a more collaborative role, taking on new responsibilities that break them out of the mold of the traditional pharmacist
Exchange formularies need flexibility beyond PPACA
Pharmacy leaders say benchmark plans too limited and PPACA too prescriptive
State of the Industry: ACO models
Physician-led models seem to have an advantage
State of the Industry: Future of ACOs
Shared Savings model will have to mature and refine to adapt to industry changes

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