Controlling Costs

  • What We're Doing to Keep Medication Costs Down

    The high expense and use of medications is one of the main contributing factors to rising healthcare costs.

    Here are some ways we’re working hard to reduce medication costs:

    • Tier Prescription Drug benefits place prescription medications into cost categories or tiers, giving you the medication you need at the best possible price.
    • Generics Program — Save money with generic drugs
    • Prior Authorization Program works with your doctor to help limit excessively long courses of treatment or high quantities of certain medications.
    • ePocrates® PDA Software — (Providers only) gives providers easy access to our Preferred Drug List via PDA and lower costs for you.

    Retail Pharmacy Contracting creates a broad retail pharmacy network at a competitive contracted rate so that we can offer better medication costs to you at several convenient locations.

    Physician-Based Pharmacy Management Program where we work closely with medical and provider groups to facilitate the prescribing of medications with the highest value to our members.

    ePocrates® PDA Software is an independent company providing mobile-optimized medical information to Premera Blue Cross and Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska providers.