ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Presbyterian Health Plan is pleased to
announce some changes to its 2012 Medicare Advantage benefit plans, which will
lower out-of-pocket costs for patients, by accessing specific specialty
medications at a lower cost.
As a not-for-profit health care organization, Presbyterian
Healthcare Services is able to access these specialty drugs for its patients
through the government and other programs at lower costs, passing the savings
along to Medicare Advantage members.
“When patients are facing serious illness, the last thing
they and their families need to worry about is the cost of specialty
medications,” said Dennis Batey, MD, president of Presbyterian Health Plan. “At
Presbyterian, we are very committed to finding new ways to change how health
care is delivered and paid for so it can become more affordable for those we
serve, which is why we are making this change.”
Medicare Advantage members who are receiving these
medications will see savings of approximately $470 per year in out-of-pocket
expenses. The overall savings of
approximately $2 million will be reinvested in lower premiums and enhanced
benefits for all Medicare Advantage members.
“We want to ensure that there will not be any disruption of
care to patients,” said Dr. Batey. “Members who currently receive these
specialty medications at their physician’s office can continue to do so as the
medication will be delivered by Presbyterian directly to the physician from our
specialty pharmacy. The only difference to the patient will be that the
medication will cost less.”
“As health care costs continue rise, Presbyterian is
committed to ensuring more affordable health care for our patients and
members,” said Dr. Batey.
Health Plan and Presbyterian Insurance Company, Inc.
Presbyterian Health Plan and Presbyterian Insurance Company
Inc. serve more than 400,000 New Mexicans, and are part of the Presbyterian
Healthcare Services family. Presbyterian Healthcare Services exists to improve
the health of patients, members and the communities we serve. Presbyterian was
founded in New Mexico in 1908, and is the state’s only private, not-for-profit
healthcare system and its largest provider of care. Presbyterian offers eight
hospitals, a statewide health plan, and a growing multi-specialty medical
group. Presbyterian is the second largest private employer in New Mexico with
more than 9,000 respected employees and growing.