Rebates have created pay-to-play dynamics. Employers facing high drug costs have “rebate addiction.” And the impressive “rebate guarantees” are hard to resist. But at least the process of how drugs get formulary placement is becoming clearer, and some PBMs have moved to charging administrative fees only.
People with behavioral health problems have stretched emergency departments to their limit as the number of inpatient psychiatric beds has decreased. For many patients, the ED is the first place they go. Even people under the care of a mental health professional wind up in EDs because they’re in crisis and their provider’s office is often closed.