Industry experts predict that specialty pharmaceuticals could account for up to 47% of a health plan's total drug spend by 2020.

The specialty drug marketplace is expected to grow exponentially over the next several years both in utilization and in spend. Such rapid expansion presents a host of new challenges-- and opportunities-- for payer organizations and PBMs. This conference explores key advances in specialty pharmacy for optimizing cost management, medication adherence, patient engagement, benefit design, site of care channels, technology and developing new collaborations with industry stakeholders.

2018 Case Studies & Value Deliverables

Our comprehensive conference agenda provides learning opportunities through carefully curated case studies, panels, and small group roundtable sessions.

Discover in-depth solutions and presentations from health plan professionals, including PBM and PBA specialists.

  • Navigating the Specialty Drug Lexicon and how to effectively integrate specialty pharmacy into your formulary
  • Current PBM business model and shifts in primary sources of gross profit
  • Overview of Cost Drivers and Control Strategies and how to accomplish greater impact on Cost Reductions
  • Utilization Management Reform and Practices
  • Designing and implementing a Successful Medical Benefit Drug Management Plan
  • Medical Benefit vs. Pharmacy Benefit
  • Managing rare conditions with the ascent of Orphan Drugs
  • Gene Therapy Pipelines
  • Improving Adherence
  • Seizing Key Opportunities in Specialty Lite

Examine thought-provoking case studies and benefit from small-group, interactive discussions while networking with peers and experts as you share strategies to tackle key challenges facing specialty pharmacy:

  • Analyzing Top Specialty Drug Growth Categories and Strategies to Balance Costs vs. Outcomes
  • Latest Advances and Winning Strategies for Favorable Oncology Patient Outcomes
  • New ways to Fight HIV and how to best promote adherence and positive outcomes
  • Autoimmune Disorders Pipeline Update and why they should be added to your formulary
  • Inflammatory Diseases Assessment: Health plan utilization, cost, member cost-share, pharmacy and medical benefit spending
  • 2018 Speaking Faculty
    MemorialCare Health System

    Matthew Pond

    System Vice President, Pharmacy Services
    University of Arizona Cancer Center Network

    Ali McBride, PharmD, MS, BCPS

    Clinical Coordinator Hematology/Oncology
    Cherokee Custom Script Pharmacy

    Austin Tull, PharmD, BCPP

    University of Kentucky

    Rushabh Shah, PharmD, MBA, CSP

    Pharmacy Director Associate, Specialty Pharmacy Services
    Blue Cross & Blue Shield of North Carolina

    Neil Shah

    Clinical Pharmacist, Specialty Pharmacy
    Indiana University Health

    Patrick Sorgen

    Manager, Specialty Pharmacy
    Aetna Specialty Pharmacy

    Robie Keefer

    Manufacturer Relations
    National Association of Specialty Pharmacy

    Sheila M. Arquette, RPH

    Executive Director
    AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia

    Tracey Davis, PharmD

    Director of Pharmacy
    St. Vincent Hospital, Worcester, MA

    Jason Poquette RPh, BS Pharm

    Director, Outpatient & Specialty Pharmacy
    Highmark Inc.

    Leah King, PharmD, JD

    Manager of Pharmacy Strategy
    CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

    Arif M. Khan

    Vice President | TCCI Program Oversight
    Widener University

    Joseph Fuhr

    Emeritus Professor of Economics
    Premera Blue Cross

    Neal S. Sofian

    Former Director of Member Engagement
    PANTHERx Specialty Pharmacy

    Dr. Gordon J. Vanscoy

    Chairman & CEO
    2017 Supporting Organizations
    • Strategies for Combatting Rising Costs of Specialty Pharmaceuticals

    This event is designed for professionals specializing in:

    • Specialty Pharmacy Programs & Administration
    • Specialty Drug Management
    • Pharmacy Management
    • Pharmacy Care management
    • Pharmacy Network Administration
    • Pharmacy Benefit Management
    • Medication Therapy Management
    • Oncology
    • Clinical Pharmacy Services
    • Formulary Management
    • Disease Management
    • Utilization Management
    • Member Engagement
    • Benefit Design

    Types of Organizations:

    • Health Plans
    • Provider Sponsored Health Plans
    • PBMs
    • ACOs
    • Integrated Health Networks
    • Federal & State Programs
    • Specialty drug & technology solutions providers
    • Pharmaceutical manufacturers
    • Retail Pharmacies