Efficiency, Compliance, and Cost-Savings: The Advantages of No-Code Solutions for Pharmacy Benefits Managers

April 7, 2023

Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) play a critical role in maintaining and improving patient health, and the role continues to evolve within the healthcare industry. Shifting regulatory guidelines influence the expectations for the role as PBMs focus on delivering best in-class prescription products to manage patient conditions efficiently and achieve better health outcomes. 

More than 275 million Americans rely on PBMs to manage their prescription drug benefits, making their role essential in our modern healthcare landscape. PBMs are responsible for processing and paying prescription drug claims, developing and maintaining the formulary, and negotiating discounts with drug manufacturers to achieve the best rates for patients. Therefore, it is crucial that PBMs maintain compliance with all program regulations to ensure the most accurate, cost-effective quality of care for their clients. 

Traditionally, PBMs rely on complex and expensive software systems, most of which are outdated and lack technical support. Since many legacy systems don’t support the tasks conducted by PBMs, they spend a majority of their working hours routing tasks manually. All of this time and effort spent on manual tasks prevents them from achieving the best possible results for their clients.

Process automation solutions offer a comprehensive solution for PBMs to deliver optimal healthcare results. Since PBMs require a platform capable of integrating with healthcare systems and third-party applications used for billing, claims, and formulary management, a business process automation (BPA) platform like Decisions offers not only the integration capabilities to connect and orchestrate the disparate systems, but also streamline a PBM’s workload with its robust rules engine and workflow manager. 

PBMs may also greatly benefit from the use of no code platforms like Decisions, since they provide a simple and user-friendly drag-and-drop interface that allows less technical teams to create custom applications and automate workflows. Without writing a single line of code, tasks like claim processing and drug price negotiation, which typically require a significant amount of manual effort, can be automated. This can save time and money, while also increasing the efficiency and accuracy of these processes. 

No code platforms come equipped with pre-built templates and integrations that expedite implementation for common tasks like electronic prescribing and formulary management. This reduces the need for expensive and time-consuming custom software development. 

Of course, the benefits of no code software go beyond operational efficiencies. By streamlining processes and reducing the time required for administrative tasks, PBMs can focus their time on analyzing trends and improving patient outcomes. PBMs can also provide better value to their clients by offering lower costs and faster turnaround times, making it easier than ever for patients to access optimal care.

No-code automation is a game-changer for PBMs, offering a streamlined and cost-effective solution for managing prescription drug benefits. With the ability to maintain rules-based workflows with minimal IT support, PBMs can increase efficiency, reduce manual effort, and focus on delivering better patient outcomes. In an ever-changing healthcare landscape, no-code solutions are an investment in staying competitive, connected, and compliant. 

Ready to learn more about the benefits of no-code automation? Connect with us today! 

Cecelia Troyan
Cecelia Troyan is a content strategist and writer at Decisions. She is passionate about accessible digital content and communication.

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