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View Poll Results: Should consumers worry about CVS buying Aetna?
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Old 12-04-2017, 02:20 PM
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Default Should consumers worry about CVS buying Aetna?

Seems like this just limits the freedom of consumers even more by Aetna forcing its customers to get their prescriptions from CVS. Might also force its insureds to go to a CVS "clinic" rather than an actual doctor.

I'm not too well-versed in health, so what are the consequences of this deal (both bad and good)?
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Old 12-04-2017, 03:35 PM
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One thing I see is they will have major amounts of data to sell, especially to life insurers. They will have both the Rx info, and also any health information that goes along with it. Tons of data mining can be done if you have both sides of the equation.
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Old 12-04-2017, 04:20 PM
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It'll be harder for new insurers to come into the market. But we saw with the HC Exchanges this is very difficult anyway.

CVS also just got into Targets around here with the quick clinic-like staffed with docs and nurses. Giving people better knowledge of these and a product that you can see your doc and get rx right then and their seems practical and convenient.

I like the Forward model - Saw this article in Time magazine's top 2017 inventions. There is still room for innovation for sure.
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Old 12-04-2017, 09:08 PM
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my first thought was 'what will happen to the Aetna PBM contracts?'. Then I read that CVS is the Aetna PBM. So now CVS has the Insurer, the PBM, the Pharmacy, and if i read this right they are starting some non-rx medical services. Seems like a good leverage combo to negotiate with manufacturers.

Id say the biggest losers here are the stand alone PBMs and Big Pharma companies. For consumers, it just means walking into a different cattle shoot to get medical care.
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One thing I'm expecting is stronger pharmacy utilization management. Doctors could be incentivized to prescribe cheaper drugs if expensive ones are not needed. In some cases, consumer wouldn't notice but getting the expensive drugs when needed may be more of a hassle.
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Only way to incentive doctors is to have them on the payroll and train them on how to use The Formulary Program App on their ObamaCare phones.
I assume this is what Kaiser does, since I have no idea how they work.
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Seems like this just limits the freedom of consumers even more by Aetna forcing its customers to get their prescriptions from CVS.
This was already happening. My company recently dropped coverage from all but one of the big pharmacy chains (I forget which).
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I'm wondering what will happen to drug discount cards.

They are basically a convoluted way to get insurance companies to pay for brand drugs, by counteracting the tiered copay.

I imagine CVS might be able to reject or not issue them??? No idea.

If they somehow go away, that would be good for consumers.
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