September 28, 2017

Market Access Key Takeaways in 2020

I’m Charline Shan, Vice President, Director – Access Experience Team, editor of and I hope to bring noteworthy and groundbreaking news to Precision Value and Health’s bimonthly newsletter by sharing the latest payer insights brought to you by our team of former access decision makers.

Looking back, 2020 was filled with many unforeseen events due to COVID-19 and the aftermath, and lasting effect is yet to be determined. The healthcare landscape may be changed but payers continue to drive towards value-based healthcare and managing healthcare resource utilization and costs regardless of a pandemic. As an unprecedented 2020 is winding down, we asked our advisors to consider and reflect on main events that occurred in 2020 and the necessary next steps for market access stakeholders. Jeremy Schafer reviews the rise of PBM-based GPOs, Ryan Cox discusses health system trends in 2020, Erin Lopata examines the larger role of specialty pharmacies in managing care and costs, and Dominic Galante determines the key takeaways for regional Medicare health plans.

I think you’ll find the insights in All Access to be thought provoking and helpful in navigating the payer landscape. As always, please feel free to drop me a note and let me know if you have a topic suggestion for the payer team to address, and we’ll do our best to cover it in a future edition.

Stay safe and be well,

Charline Shan, RPh, MPH
Vice President, Director
Access Experience Team

All Access is a bimonthly newsletter that features key insights from our team of former payers, intended specifically for market access leaders. It is published by PRECISIONvalue.

Guest Editor
Charline Shan

Executive Editor
Louis Landon

Andrew Cournoyer
Ryan Cox
Dan Danielson
Todd Edgar
Dominic Galante
Ami Gopalan
Joe Honcz
Louis Landon
Erin Lopata
Avi Mamidi
Reta Mourad
Elizabeth Oyekan
Kellie Rademacher
Jeremy Schafer

The GPO Spectra: Why ASCENT and ZINC Are the Defining PBM Story of 2020

Flying under the radar amid the chaos and uncertainty caused by COVID-19, a rather large change in the PBM market is occurring: the rise of rebate GPOs. Jeremy Schafer unpacks these changes and dives into the development of ASCENT and ZINC, and what they mean for manufacturers and contracting changes moving forward.