HealthPartners, GoodRx developing personalized web-based tool to help members find lowest cost prescriptions
HealthPartners has tapped GoodRx to develop a prescription cost-saving tool for its health plan members. The web-based tool will be one of the first of its kind offered by a large health plan.
Studies show that up to half of prescriptions aren’t filled or taken as prescribed, often due to cost. And doctors don’t always know if a more cost effective alternative is available. The new tool will help HealthPartners members by comparing prescription prices at pharmacies near them.
More importantly, members will get information based on their specific health plan. This includes whether a certain prescription is covered by their plan. Members will also be able to track their spending, transfer prescriptions between pharmacies and get other cost-saving tips.
“When prescribed and used appropriately, drugs can contribute to lower overall health care costs. They can also help people live longer lives and provide a better quality of life,” said Scott Schnuckle, senior vice president, pharmacy and business development at HealthPartners. “These things can’t happen if people can’t afford to pay for them. This tool will help us remove that barrier for our members.”
Most HealthPartners health plan members will be able to start using the tool this summer. Medicare members will have access later in the year. The tool will be available on healthpartners.com and the myHP mobile app.
“We’re proud to work with HealthPartners to provide affordable, personalized health care solutions for their members. We look forward to helping deliver better health care outcomes at lower costs,” said Doug Hirsch, co-founder and co-CEO of GoodRx.
HealthPartners is the largest consumer-governed, non-profit health care organization in the nation with a mission to improve health and well-being in partnership with members, patients and the community. For more information, visit healthpartners.com.
Founded in 2011, GoodRx saves all Americans - the uninsured, underinsured and insured - over 80 percent on their prescriptions by helping them make more informed purchasing decisions. In addition to serving the general public, GoodRx offers GoodRx for Benefits, which enables employers, health plans and pharmacy benefit managers to deliver personalized solutions to their members. GoodRx For Benefits enables members to view prescription pricing information, receive savings tips and access GoodRx discounts, all while keeping patients' specific plan designs in mind. For more information on GoodRx For Benefits, visit www.goodrx.com/benefits.