2018 Speakers

Matthew Pond

System Vice President, Pharmacy Services
MemorialCare Health System

Ali McBride, PharmD, MS, BCPS

Clinical Coordinator Hematology/Oncology
University of Arizona Cancer Center Network

Austin Tull, PharmD, BCPP

Cherokee Custom Script Pharmacy

Rushabh Shah, PharmD, MBA, CSP

Pharmacy Director Associate, Specialty Pharmacy Services
University of Kentucky

Dr. Rushabh Shah is the Associate Pharmacy Director at University of Kentucky Specialty Pharmacy. Rushabh is the senior clinical staff person with oversight of clinical decision support for staff and is also responsible for planning, implementation and management of pharmacy services at UK Specialty Pharmacy. His previous experience includes managing specialty pharmacy operations and business development as Pharmacist in Charge at Leroy Specialty Pharmacy. Rushabh began as a staff pharmacist at Leroy pharmacy in Bronx, NY after receiving his PharmD from Purdue University College of Pharmacy. He also pursued his Master's in Business Administration and is a Certified Specialty Pharmacist.

Neil Shah

Clinical Pharmacist, Specialty Pharmacy
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of North Carolina

Patrick Sorgen

Manager, Specialty Pharmacy
Indiana University Health

Robie Keefer

Manufacturer Relations
Aetna Specialty Pharmacy

Sheila M. Arquette, RPH

Executive Director
National Association of Specialty Pharmacy

Sheila Arquette is the Executive Director of the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Pharmacy. She has extensive practical and leadership experience in retail pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, long-term care consulting and dispensing, in addition to the managed care, PBM and specialty pharmacy space. She is a regular speaker and participant at national pharmacy conferences, roundtables and industry meetings. Prior joining NASP in February 2017, Sheila was the Director of Pharmacy Services at Independent Health. Sheila served on the NASP membership committee and as the co-chair of the Government Affairs Committee prior to assuming her role as Executive Director. She was elected to the NASP Board of Directors and received the NASP Distinguished Service Award in September 2016. She also is a long- standing member of AMCP.

Tracey Davis, PharmD

Director of Pharmacy
AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia

Dr. Tracey Davis, is the Director of Pharmacy at AmeriHealth Caritas DC, which is a managed care organization in the DC market. AmeriHealth Caritas DC works to innovatively service their members through integrated health care and member driven services. As Director of Pharmacy, Dr. Davis holds responsibilities as the Pharmacy Liaison to the state, collaborator with the Medical Director, Case Management, and the Executive team to reach the health plans quality goals, community outreach, and oversight of the PBM. Dr. Davis specializes in policy development and change management. She is a passionate pharmacist with an extremely diverse background. Over the last 17 years, she has worked in hospital, retail and managed care pharmacies, and also for a government health plan. She obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy from Howard University and has also earned certification in MTM (medication therapy management) and completed a general practice residency in 2004. She believes that evolution requires us to aspire to be more. Dr. Davis lives in Maryland, where you'll find her playing golf or teaching yoga. She also delights in taking her children to the park.

Jason Poquette RPh, BS Pharm

Director, Outpatient & Specialty Pharmacy
St. Vincent Hospital, Worcester, MA

Jason is the Director of Outpatient and Specialty Pharmacy services at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, MA. Employed by Pharmacy Healthcare Solutions he provides ground-level strategic planning and implementation of pharmacy solutions designed to carry out the hospital mission for patient service and business growth. Jason has over 20 years of pharmacy management experience and 7 years in formulary analysis with Fingertip Formulary. He is author of several white papers on ambulatory pharmacy issues and trends as well as hundreds of editorial articles published online, in pharmacy association newsletters, Pharmacy Times and Drug Topics. Jason is also an adjunct faculty member of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) where he serves as preceptor for students during rotation at his outpatient pharmacy, including an elective course in pharmacy management.

Leah King, PharmD, JD

Manager of Pharmacy Strategy
Highmark Inc.

Arif M. Khan

Vice President | TCCI Program Oversight
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

Arif joined CareFirst in October of 2013 and serves as the Vice President of TCCI Program Oversight. He oversees five key areas of the Total Care and Cost Improvement program:

  • Pharmacy Management
  • Home Based Services/Post-Acute Care
  • Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse
  • Clinical Programs
  • Program Evaluation
In this role, he is responsible for program and policy development, vendor management, and contract compliance related to the care management programs that surround the CareFirst Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH). Some key programs amidst these areas of work include formulary management, specialty pharmacy, enhanced monitoring, addiction support, telemedicine, sleep management, hospice and palliative care, and others. The centralization of these elements under Arif's leadership is intended to create a connected, impactful array of services to help CareFirst membership obtain high quality care, at the right time, at an affordable cost. Prior to joining CareFirst, Arif spent his career in management consulting in the healthcare space and eventually helped start a consulting firm in Washington, DC in 2009. He has expertise in procurements and implementations, organizational restructuring, and vendor management for health plans. Arif has an undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill's Kenan Flagler Business School and will be attending Duke University's Fuqua School of Business for his Executive MBA.

Joseph Fuhr

Emeritus Professor of Economics
Widener University

Dr. Joseph P. Fuhr, Jr. is a lecturer at College of Population Health Thomas Jefferson University and professor emeritus of economics at Widener University. He currently serves as a senior fellow with The American Consumer Institute and Ambassador for the Internet Innovation Alliance. Dr. Fuhr received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Temple University and his B.A. from LaSalle University. His primary research areas are antitrust, health economics, pharmacoeconomics, telecommunications and sports economics. In healthcare, he has written on ACOs, hospital mergers, specialty hospitals, exclusive arrangements, health insurance, bundling and doctor's fees. In pharmacoeconomics, he has written on cost benefit analysis, biosimilars and predictive modeling. He has published more than 60 journal articles. He has taught graduate classes in health economics, pharmacoeconomics and pharmaceutical ethics. Dr. Fuhr has been an expert witness on numerous cases and has worked on various consulting projects.

Neal S. Sofian

Former Director of Member Engagement
Premera Blue Cross

Neal is recognized nationally for almost 40 years of innovation in population-based and corporate health management/engagement, and organizational change. He is responsible for commercializing the first and now largest telephonic coaching programs in the United States during the 1980s, Free & Clear (now called Quit for Life) and many of the early health related social networking platforms including the American Cancer Society's Cancer Survivors Network.

He is a noted author and speaker and continues to be acknowledged as one of the true innovators in the world of health behavior change. Neal is currently the Director of Member Engagement at Premera Blue Cross where he is responsible for development strategies to engage the 2.2 million members of Premera in reaching their optimal health. He is focused on creating and implementing a model focused on personalized tailored messaging, rewards, and choice architecture based on creating segments of one.

Prior to Premera, Neal was the Director of Behavioral Interventions for Resolution Health after its acquisition of the NewSof Group of which Neal was the co-founder and CEO. The NewSof Group was a consulting and new media development company focused on scalable health change, learning, coaching, sharing, and support.

During his tenure at Group Health Cooperative, Neal served as Director of Innovation, Manager of Worksite and Community Programs, and General Manager of Health At Work, the Northwest's first worksite health promotion company in 1983. He designed health and productivity management services for regional and national employers incorporating health promotion, disease management, onsite primary care, and time loss management strategies.

He is a well-known author and speaker in the field of health management, humor and health, and the role of personalization and social networking. Neal holds a master's degree in public health from the University of Missouri School Of Medicine. He is also a working potter/sculpture and has done stand-up comedy in a vaudeville show.