February 26, 2021

Novel antidepressants offering relief from postpartum depression and treatment-resistant depression, as well as combinations of existing drugs, are beginning to reach FDA approval. ComMed pharmacy expert Ashley Chiara discusses exciting developments in the antidepressant pipeline in a new blog.

January 07, 2021

In this blog, Senior Director for Process Improvement Nick Comeau discusses how organizations can become more productive by developing practices and policies that empower staff and create a culture where employees are valued for their insights and contributions.

December 17, 2020

Learn how our Clinical Pharmacy Services team provides continued monitoring of the drug development pipeline. Our expert analysis of clinical trials and cost-effectiveness for new pharma therapies helps payers develop targeted authorization and patient outreach strategies.

November 24, 2020

The pandemic has changed the pharmacy residency application and interviewing process. Here are some tips and information to help potential residents get through it.

November 03, 2020

If you had all the components to build the best car in the world but no plan to understand how they fit and work together, chances are you're not going to go very far. However, when correctly assembled, the full value will exceed the cost of the separate parts. And you will have a car to take you anywhere you want to go. Health informatics is like that. Mark Sugure, MSN, Managing Director, Clinical Delivery and Informatics Solutions, discusses the importance of data in health care in this blog.

October 05, 2020

New drugs and vaccinations are being developed at record pace to help fight an aggressive disease on a global scale. It will be important for organizations to stay on top of these rapidly evolving therapies and adjust to the everchanging landscape with simultaneous formulary management and cost containment. Commonwealth Medicine’s expert Clinical Pharmacy team applies the latest academic research and clinical advancements in real-time to provide customizable solutions, ensuring that your pharmacy benefit program offers clinical integrity, independence and transparency. As part of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, we are uniquely positioned to ensure your pharmacy benefit program represents Patient First clinical excellence.

September 14, 2020

For more than 40 years, case management techniques have proven effective at meeting health plan members’ complex behavioral health needs. Still, today, when it comes to case management services, individuals coming out of correctional facilities remain underserved. Many community-based health plans fail to recognize that these individuals require at least the same intensity of case management services they would need as someone who is discharged from a psychiatric hospital or detox facility.

August 31, 2020

Developing mission, vision, and values statements are how an organization declares "who we are, what we're about, and how we're going to accomplish our goals together." These are intended to be living documents that guide not only long-term planning but daily actions and decision making. Creating these statements is an essential step of strategic planning—but only the first step in how an organization sets its destination and achieves its goals.

August 27, 2020

Prior authorization (PA) is a utilization management tool used to support safe, appropriate, and cost-effective use of medications. Because of extreme high volume, PAs are not always resubmitted for recertification before an authorization expires. The result may increase the risk of treatment delays and reduced medication adherence, which may compromise patient outcomes and increase medical costs. To solve for this issue, Commonwealth Medicine’s Clinical Pharmacy Services established a PA recertification program that uses proactive communication to coordinate care and ensure that patients always have access to necessary pharmaceutical therapies.

July 06, 2020

With COVID-19, keeping customers connected to your organization is more critical and more challenging than ever—especially in health care. The time of the customer contact centers has arrived, and there is every indication it is here to stay.