The National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) has unveiled the list of speakers for its 2012 Annual Technology & Business Conference in May.


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NCPDP readies for Technology & Business Conference

January 13th, 2012

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) has unveiled the list of speakers for its 2012 Annual Technology & Business Conference in May.

NCPDP said this week that Bill Geist, an Emmy Award-winning correspondent for CBS News and a New York Times best-selling author, will deliver the keynote speech at the event, to be held May 6 to 10 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix.

The standards organization's Annual Technology & Business Conference draws a broad range of attendees from the pharmacy, pharmaceutical, health care and technology sectors of the prescription drug industry, including chain drug stores, independent pharmacies, pharmacy benefit managers, manufacturers, wholesale distributors, software vendors, database management organizations and health plans.

Other confirmed speakers, NCPDP said, include Don Bell, senior vice president and general counsel for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores; Adam Kroetsch, operations research analyst for the Office of Policy and Analysis at the Food and Drug Administration; Doug Long, vice president of industry relations for IMS Health; Dave Marotz, product manager at Surescripts; Mary Jo Carden, director of federal government affairs at Medco Health Solutions; Lathe Bigler, senior director of clinical services for Emdeon; Wayne Armstrong, senior vice president at Argus Health Systems; Marc Nyarko, director of operations for Humana; and Scot Lovejoy, chief pharmacy officer and privacy officer at Agadia Systems.

Topics to be covered include electronic prior authorization (ePA), drug pricing, health information exchange (HIE), accountable care organizations (ACOs), market trends, e-prescribing of controlled substances, Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS), patient safety, and privacy.

NCPDP said award recipients for 2011 also will be announced at the conference. The call for nominees is open until Feb. 10 for the following NCPDP member awards: the TIME (The Individual Member Excellence) Award; the Benjamin D. Ward Distinguished Member Award; and the Rising Star Award.

In addition, NCPDP will apply for continuing education (CE) credits for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians from the ACPE. The CE program is sponsored by AmerisourceBergen Corp. NCPDP, too, will apply for the Health IT Certification CPHIE, CPHIT and CPEHR programs.

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