How We Think

The meaning of love

We’ve heard it countless times: Healthcare is broken in the US. It costs too much; it is overly complex; and we are no healthier and we live no longer than people who live in other countries where it costs a lot less. At Abarca, our team is composed of people with diverse experiences across…

10-26-2020

Abarca Health treats their people with love and care.

Like Family values

When you compare corporate values that are held up by many healthcare organizations, you will see a lot of repetition. Words like honesty, integrity, accountability, and teamwork find their way onto a seemingly endless number of websites and job descriptions. Objectively, these are admirable…

10-23-2020

Abarca Health is living their values in healthcare.

Delivering real value in Medicaid

THE CHALLENGE For a Medicaid Program that receives one of the lowest federal reimbursements in the nation, specialty drug costs are an exceptional burden. To help this program navigate a challenging financial environment, Abarca partnered with pharmaceutical manufacturer Biogen Inc. in 2017 to…

10-20-2020

Abarca delivers real value in Medicaid

What is Medicare?

Abarca has deep experience serving public and private sector organizations, including Medicare and Commercial Health Plans, Self Insured Employers, State Medicaid Programs, and Large Insurers and PBMs. We understand the Medicare patient’s unique needs and have been recognized and rewarded for our…

9-2-2020

Abarca Health: What is Medicare?

Welcome, Anthony Bury

We are thrilled to welcome Anthony Bury to the Abarca family. As Vice President, IT Operations and CISO, Anthony will be overseeing all aspects of the organization’s technology infrastructure and will be responsible for ensuring the availability, integrity, and security of all IT systems. For…

8-6-2020

Anthony Bury_ Vice President, IT Operations and CISO

An introduction to biosimilars

Biologic therapies provide life-saving treatments to patients with chronic conditions. However, they are also among the country’s most expensive medications. While just 2% of the US patient population uses biologics, they account for 26% percent of the nation’s total prescription drug spending,…

7-22-2020

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Strengthening Abarca’s internal structure

We’re making good on our promise to provide a smarter platform, a better experience, and a higher standard. PBMs and plans across the country are now experiencing what we call “PBM Awesome,” and demand for our solutions is on the rise. To continue to enhance and evolve our strategic vision,…

5-27-2020

Abarca Health strengthens internal structure

Be prepared.

We've all heard some saying around "always be prepared." In today's technology-driven, fast-paced world, we're often too busy, and our inboxes are too full to plan for something that may never happen. Then the unexpected hits and many companies are left improvising to figure out what to do next.…

5-8-2020

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Abarca teams up with Colegio de Farmacéticos de Puerto Rico to offer our first online continuing education course for community pharmacists

In the midst of the COVID-19 emergency and the end of National Pharmacists Week, Colegio de Farmacéticos de Puerto Rico officially launched its digital educational platform that is now available to its affiliated members. As the world faces one of the biggest health crisis of modern time, calling…

4-22-2020

Abarca teams up with Colegio de Farmacéticos de Puerto Rico to offer our first online continuing education course for community pharmacists

CORONAVIRUS: What should I know?

Abarca goes all in to bring awareness to Covid-19 as reliable information becomes available, so that our communities may be prepared. Read on for valuable answers to FAQs about how it's spread, symptoms, and vital preventive measures that all of us should be aware of. Let's work together to be…

3-10-2020

Abarca Health: What should I know about the Coronavirus?

Bold Move. Big Payoff.

PerformRx, one of the nation’s 10 largest PBMs, had a long tradition of innovation. 80% of the company’s staff are pharmacists or pharmacy technicians, so its bold approach has been particularly notable in clinical care. Then, the company decided to reimagine the technical infrastructure that…

3-4-2020

Abarca Health_ How PerformRx transformed itself with a new technology platform and a seamless transition.

A Look Back at 2019

While there is never a bad time to be an Abarcan, 2019 was our best year yet. Here’s a look back at a few of our proudest moments: Employee-led initiatives. Abarca team members took the reins in creating exciting new programs that will make healthcare awesome for our clients and…

1-17-2020

A Look Back at 2019: Abarca's Proudest Moments

Let's Talk About Dementia

September is Alzheimer's (AD) Awareness Month, an international effort created to raise awareness and challenge the stigma associated with the heartbreaking disease through advocacy and education, and Abarca stands committed to the cause.  Alzheimer's disease is the primary type of dementia,…

9-18-2019

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Honor to whom honor is due

San Juan, PR - Every year, the Colegio de Farmacéuticos de Puerto Rico (CFFR) honors a group of pharmacists that have excelled in different areas of the profession. This year, we are proud to announce that their most distinguished accolade, the Abigail Robles Award, has been awarded to Nayda M.…

8-13-2019

Nayda Rivera receives the Abigail Robles Award

Abarca Enhances RxTarget™ Program

AVENTURA, FL -- Abarca, a pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) that is disrupting the industry with an entirely new approach to technology and business practices, today announced the relaunch of RxTarget™ with a reward-for-performance program for pharmacies. This initiative is powered by Darwin,…

8-8-2019

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Divide and conquer.

For many plan sponsors, managing effective clinical programs for diverse populations can be a challenge. Among any group, there can be wide variations in ages, lifestyles, medical conditions, and other factors that can influence costs and outcomes. Gaps in care can also emerge that could impact…

6-15-2019

Abarca Health: Divide and Conquer

4 Trends That Will Shape Healthcare

Big changes are coming for the PBM industry, and we think it’s about time. Here are four key areas that could have a lasting impact: Rebates have always been a part of how PBMs do business—but these transactions as we know them may be coming to an end. The Trump Administration has…

6-12-2019

Jason Borschow presents on trends that will shape healthcare

Combating Renal Disease in Puerto Rico

San Juan, PR - Did you know that every thirty minutes your body’s kidneys (each the size of a child’s fist) filter all the blood in your body --removing wastes, toxins, and excess fluid? They also help control blood pressure, stimulate the production of red blood cells, keep your bones healthy,…

5-28-2019

Abarca Health: Renal Council

Biosimilars and Bad Behavior

Specialty medications used to treat cancer, hepatitis, and other complicated diseases are among the greatest drivers of healthcare costs in the US. And while these medications represent a very small percentage of the total number of prescriptions written, they account for more than half of all…

4-5-2019

Abarca Health: Biosimilars and Bad Behavior

Lessen your Risk of Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. It claims approximately 610,000 lives each year, according to the CDC, and accounts for one in every four American deaths. Over the years, public awareness around severe cardiac events, like heart attacks, has increased. However,…

2-19-2019

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How We Prepare for the Unexpected

In 2017, Hurricane Maria shook Puerto Rico. The storm damaged at least 70,000 homes, tested the island’s infrastructure, and took too many lives. As one of the leading PBMs serving health plans in Puerto Rico, Abarca knew that we had at least two critical responsibilities: provide all the help we…

12-6-2018

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A Better Way for Members

Why can’t healthcare be awesome? At Abarca, finding a way to improve the member experience isn’t something we strive for, it’s something we live for. Members see our dedication to delivering a better experience in our everyday interactions as well as our more customized services. Take, for…

10-1-2018

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The Leadership Journey

Building a different kind of company requires fostering a very different mindset among its leadership. To accomplish this, we at Abarca have developed a 12-week boot camp to train leaders of others in fundamental managerial skills and new thinking about personal development. We also designed the…

8-27-2018

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A Better Way in Drug Contracting

Value and outcomes-based contracting models are getting a lot of attention these days, and for good reason. Unlike the one-size-fits-all pricing of the past, these approaches tie the ultimate price of a drug to factors such as whether the medication worked as planned, or whether it was cost…

8-1-2018

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Abarca Named Power 100 Company by Caribbean Business

Abarca is honored to be selected by Caribbean Business as a Power 100 company. We strive to be a PBM that is unlike any other organization, with a smarter technology platform, a better experience to consumers and healthcare payers, and a higher standard of transparency. “I’m thrilled that…

6-22-2018

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5 Things to Ask your PBM

1 How do you ensure we always pay the lowest net cost for drugs? Are you willing to guarantee it? At Abarca, we always operate in your best financial interest—always. This means that, unlike most PBMs, we design and administer benefits to ensure the use of the lowest net cost brand and…

6-20-2018

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AMCP Annual Conference Recap

Last week, members of the Abarca team attended the AMCP Annual Conference in Boston. We connected with existing clients and shared information about how we are shaking up the industry with new friends. We also introduced the world to Darwin--the latest generation of our smarter platform.…

5-4-2018

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Abarca Receives URAC Reaccreditation Score of 100%

Washington, D.C.— Abarca is proud to announce it has been again awarded URAC’s Pharmacy Benefit Management (PBM) Accreditation. This designation was given in recognition of Abarca’s high clinical, quality, and service standards. After undergoing URAC’s rigorous evaluation process, Abarca…

12-13-2017

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What Amazon Can Really Deliver

The healthcare news has been abuzz with reports that Amazon, the company that upended the retail, publishing, movies, groceries, and countless other industries is now taking on the drug distribution channel. Think of the companies that Amazon has disrupted out of business (remember Borders?…

12-4-2017

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Keeping it Simple

At Abarca, we don’t believe in making simple things complicated. Here’s a perfect example: Consumers should be charged the lowest available cost for their medications. Although this may sound straightforward, somehow it is at the center of a heated debate. You may have seen one of the press…

10-27-2017

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Carving Out Prescription Benefits

THE CHALLENGE A division of a Fortune 200 drug maker relied on a respected health plan for both medical and pharmacy benefits for several years. But as the group grew and the cost of the drug benefits increased, they considered contracting separately, or carving out, pharmacy components of the…

10-13-2017

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Abarca earns accreditation score of 100% from URAC

San Juan, PR – Abarca is proud to announce that it has been awarded URAC’s Pharmacy Benefit Management (PBM) Accreditation as of October 1, 2014. As a URAC-accredited organization, Abarca demonstrates a commitment to continuous improvement and quality healthcare in its PBM business. After…

9-30-2014

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Abarca Expands the Rollout of RxTarget Quality Network

San Juan, PR - Abarca is pleased to announce the extended rollout of the RxTarget Quality Network, a specially selected network of quality pharmacy providers dedicated to using information technology to improve health outcomes in their communities. By partnering with Abarca, network pharmacies…

7-14-2014

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