Industry experts predict that specialty pharmaceuticals could account for up to 47% of a health planís 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.

2017 Case Studies & Value Deliverables

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

Hear in-depth solutions and case studies from your peers-health plan and PBM professionals.

  • Accredo Health Group/Express Scripts Company explores opportunities to decrease specialty spend through innovative approaches in leveraging co-pay assistance programs, formulary, and utilization management.
  • Alignment Health Plan showcases specific solutions and proven intervention examples for improving medication adherence
  • Cleveland Clinic Health Plan will share their innovative benefit design strategy that includes incentivized medication compliance, integrated population health management, rare disease management and copay care initiatives.
  • Premera Blue Cross explores personalization models and steps to building successful member relationships for generating engagement.
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island offers guidance on optimizing specialty drug management by shifting medications to pharmacy benefit
  • Highmark Inc. shares results from their voluntary site of care program designed to encourage a shift from high cost sites of care to lower cost alternatives

The Interactive Panels, Small Group Roundtables, and Receptions provide attendees ample opportunity to network with peers and experts as you share strategies to tackle the key challenges facing specialty pharmacy, such as:

  • Defining specialty and examining the impact of manufacturer limited distribution dispensing programs
  • Weighing the value of specialty pharmaceuticals against rising costs
  • Leveraging technology advances for specialty medication education and adherence
  • Risk sharing, outcomes-based contracts and other collaboration trends
  • Innovative approaches in leveraging copay assistance programs formulary and utilization management
  • Examining the impact of various biosimilars on the specialty drug market
2017 Speaking Faculty
DST Pharmacy Solutions

AJ Ally, RPh, MBA

Vice President, Clinical Strategy and Programs
National Association of Specialty Pharmacy

Sheila Arquette, RPh

Executive Director
MedImpact Healthcare Systems, Inc.

Steven G. Avey, RPh, MS, FAMCP

Vice President, Specialty Programs
Duke University

Gregory Daniel, PhD, MPH

Deputy Director
Highmark Inc.

Leah King, PharmD, JD

Manager of Pharmacy Strategy
Alignment Healthcare

Ruby Liu, BA, PharmD

Director of Pharmacy
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Greg Mansur

Principal, Global Human Resource Services
University of Arizona Cancer Center

Ali McBride, PharmD, MS, BCPS

Clinical Coordinator of Hematology & Oncology,
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island

Donna Paine, PharmD, MBA

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Accredo Health Group - An Express Scripts Company

Meghan Pasicznyk, PharmD, MBA

Director of Specialty Market Development
Children's Medical Center

Victoria Rodino

Senior Manager, Virtual Health Programs
Cleveland Clinic Employee Health Plan

Bruce Rogen, MD, MPH, FACP

Chief Medical Officer
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Elizabeth Saltzman, PharmD

Manager, Specialty Pharmacy Utilization Management
Cleveland Clinic Employee Health Plan

Jeffrey Schmitt, RPh, BS, PharmD

Director, Pharmacy
Banner Health

Melissa Skelton Duke, PharmD, MS BCPS

Senior Director, Specialty and Home Delivery Pharmacy Services
Premera Blue Cross

Neal S. Sofian

Director of Member Engagement
Pharmacy HIT

Shelly Spiro, RPh, FASCP

Executive Director
Avella Specialty Pharmacy

Eric Sredzinski, Pharm.D., AAHIVP

EVP, Clinical Affairs & Quality Assurance Pharmacy Program Director
Deloitte Consulting LLP

George Van Antwerp

Senior Manager
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