How We Think

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…


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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,…


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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…


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…


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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…


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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…


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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…


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…


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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.…


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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…


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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?…


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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…


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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…


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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…


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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…


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