Member Per Month Metrics
Utilization is monitored by the number of prescriptions filled by
each member each month, or per member per month (PMPM) data.
These data are monitored by two member types: active employees and
retirees. Retiree utilization is typically three times higher than
active-employee utilization. This is predominantly because people
over the age of 65 experience more chronic conditions.
The survey findings show utilization and prescription costs that are
higher than those recorded in some PBM trend reports. This is likely
due to the fact that some of the smaller employers who responded to
this survey manage their drug programs less aggressively.