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Pharmacy Benefit Managers Fading as Generic Drug Use Grows

September 22, 2006
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Many PBMs have agreed to pass along rebates on brand-name drugs to customers. Yet such gains are too little too late, according to some health care benefits experts.
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Pharmacy Benefit Managers Fading as Generic Drug Use Grows

September 22, 2006
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Many PBMs have agreed to pass along rebates on brand-name drugs to customers. Yet such gains are too little too late, according to some health care benefits experts.
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Health Care Coalitions Help Churches Maintain Coverage

September 8, 2006
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Limited financial resources and older-skewing workforces raise the need for denominations to come together in order to leverage their collective purchasing power.
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Spending to Save on Diabetes

July 21, 2006
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Chronic illnesses compose a majority of a company's health care costs. Managing a chronic illness, like diabetes, is cheaper than paying for the hospitalizations that result from not managing it.
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5 Questions For David McCullough -- Historian and Author

July 14, 2006
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David McCullough is the country's pre-eminent historian, a two-time Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner and author of best-sellers John Adams and 1776. McCullough grew up in Pittsburgh and was an English major at Yale University before he "backed into history."
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Firms Try Wean Employees from Brand-Name Drugs

July 1, 2006
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The seductiveness of television advertising has led to high costs for companies. Employees run up expensive tabs at drug stores with their preference for more expensive brand- name drugs.
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Proper Fit Is Key For Workers with Adult ADHD

July 1, 2006
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Once considered a mental disorder affecting only children, psychiatrists now consider attention deficit hyperactivity disorder to be a lifelong condition. Awareness of the disorder will help employers tap into the talent associated with ADHD while avoiding the pitfalls.
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Time Is the Best Medicine in Making the Switch to Consumer-driven Health Coverage

May 30, 2006
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A long warning before shifting exclusively to a high-deductible consumer health plan can minimize ill will among workers.
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Indian Firms Tap Benefits, Brand in Talent Battle

March 9, 2006
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As Indian outsourcing expands, workers are in hot demand with benefits and pay one the rise. For Indian workers, perks are sometimes as important as a raise.
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