UnitedHealthCare will be consolidating and managing its pharmacy benefit program in house through OptiumRX. Currently the pharmacy benefit manager has be Medco.
UHC will begin migrating members starting in early 2013. They have invested more than $200 million in developing OptumRX.
UHC starting using OptumRX back in 2009, when it moved Medicare Part D member to that platform. At the same time they were able to move 1 million Medicaid members to the same platform. UHC believes they have a proven track record with OptumRX.
By moving all the pharmacy services in house, UHC believes they can improve outcomes and better manage total health care costs. If you have health insurance form of UHC, be on the look out for more information about the transition.