The American Society for Automation in Pharmacy

2017 Annual Conference

January 18-20

The Ritz-Carlton

Amelia Island, Florida

ASAP Thanks The Sponsors of the 2017 Annual Conference

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Hotel Information

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
4750 Amelia Island Parkway
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
Call The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island at (904) 277-1100 to make your room reservation. Rooms will go quickly at the meeting rate of $234 per night, which is available until December 27, 2016. Mention the American Society for Automation in Pharmacy to receive the conference rate.

The Agenda

Please Note: The 2017 Annual Conference Will Have New Schedule

  • The first conference event will be Wednesday evening, January 18.
  • The speaker program will begin Thursday morning, January 19.
  • We'll have a block of networking and private business meeting time reserved Thursday afternoon following lunch.
  • The program will conclude Friday, January 20 at noon.


Wednesday, January 18

3:30 – 5:00 Registration

5:00 – 6:00 Opening Cocktail Reception

Thursday, January 19

8:00 – 8:45 Continental Breakfast

8:45 – 9:00 Gold Sponsor Podium Time

9:00 – 9:45 The Current Trends in the U.S. Pharmaceutical Market

Doug Long, M.B.A., Vice President, Industry Relations, IMS Health

Doug will give an overview of the current state of the U.S. pharmaceutical market, focusing particularly on the trends, issues, and outlook for retail pharmacy.

9:45 – 10:15 Understanding the Patient Safety Act

Jeff Hedges, President and CEO, R.J. Hedges & Associates

Jeff will discuss how the the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (PSQIA) impacts pharmacy operations. The PSQIA authorizes HHS to impose civil money penalties for violations of patient safety confidentiality and also authorizes the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to list patient safety organizations (PSOs). PSOs are the external experts that collect and review patient safety information. Jeff will provide an overview of the various patient safety organizations, and address the types of adverse events and how they impact HIPAA compliance. Current hot topics in this area include HIPAA breaches and onsite inspections, as well as Medicare Part D credentialing of FDA onsite inspections for pharmacies doing non-sterile compounding.

10:15 – 10:45 Combating Illegal Internet Pharmacies: Online Pharmacy Certification and the Use of Top-Level Domains

Marty Allain, J.D., Senior Global Program Manager, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy

In response to illegal Internet drug outlets, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) began certifying online pharmacies on behalf of its member boards in 1999. Since then, the NABP has faced challenges with the fraudulent use and misappropriation of the seals/icons certified pharmacies receive to present themselves as verified to the public. In 2015, the NABP introduced a new online pharmacy verification program, dotPharmacy (.pharmacy), which uses the top-level domain .pharmacy as the seal of approval, coupled with enhanced security and transparency. Marty will give an overview of the key elements of this enhanced security and talk about the benefits for consumers.

10:45 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 11:30 Supporting The Immunization Neighborhood: Communicating Pharmacy-based Immunization Data to IIS

Mitch Rothholz, R.Ph., M.B.A., Chief Strategy Officer, American Pharmacists Association

Current National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) adult immunization standards call for healthcare providers to assess immunization status and report administered vaccines to immunization registries. Mitch will provide an update on recent activities to facilitate the reporting and utilization of immunization data by pharmacists.

11:30 – 12:00  The 2016 Election and Its Effects on the Pharmacy Environment

Jason Money, Director of Government Affairs, AmerisourceBergen

Jason will examine the 2016 election and the potential implications for pharmacy issues related to provider status, fair reimbursement, and access to patients during the new presidency and the 115th Congress.

12:00 – 12:30 Expanded Medicaid Support for Health Information Exchange

Thomas Novak, Medicaid Interoperability Lead, Office Of Policy, Office Of The National Coordinator For Health IT

Medicaid has updated guidance on how the HITECH Act can support Medicaid providers and the new guidance allows for health information exchange architecture and on-boarding support which includes pharmacies and other provider types not previously eligible for financial support. Thomas will provide a presentation on the expanded funding, eligible activities, and what the early adopters in other states are pursuing.

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch

1:30 – 5:30 Networking and Business Meetings

5:30 – 7:00 President’s Reception


Friday, January 20

8:00 – 8:45Continental Breakfast

8:45 – 9:00 Annual Report on ASAP Activities

9:00 – 9:30 DIR Fees: Frustrating Pharmacies

Don Dietz, R.Ph., M.B.A., Vice President, Pharmacy Healthcare Solutions, Inc.

Direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees have been in place since the early days of Medicare Part D. The original intent of CMS’s DIR fees was to better approximate the true cost of Medicare Part D drugs after manufacturer rebates. But DIR fees have also been used by pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) for pharmacy withholds ranging from preferred network fees, reimbursement rate “true ups,” and quality measures. Don will discuss the challenges facing pharmacy in calculating net sales and profitability due to DIR and related fees. And he’ll review improved timing and transparency as proposed solutions to improve the current situation.

9:30 – 10:00 EPCS and Pharmacy Applications

Jerry Cox, Director of Business Development, IdenTrust, Part of HID Global

Electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) is now mandated in New York. Regardless of state requirements, EPCS is becoming popular nationally due to the convenience both for doctors and patients. Pharmacies not able to accept EPCS messages face the potential of losing business. Prescribing and pharmacy applications must meet federal law, but the law is complex and allows different implementation options. This session examines the different methods by which a pharmacy might receive EPCS messages, the pharmacy application requirements for each, and the associated benefits and disadvantages. Benefits and disadvantages are considered from business, technical, security, and liability perspectives.

10:00 – 10:30 Break

10:30 – 11:00 The Importance of POS Data: How Both Pharmacy and Manufacturer Benefit

Bob Candelora, Managing Partner, Retail Insights, LLC

Bob will provide an overview of the cutting-edge ways to collect, analyze, and report on data from pharmacy point-of-sale (POS) systems, including how POS data can help both pharmacies and manufacturers drive sales by supporting fact-based decision-making.

11:00 – 11:30 Community Pharmacy Accreditation: Does It Make a Difference?

Marsha K. Millonig, M.B.A., B.Pharm., President and CEO, Catalyst Enterprises, LLC

What do ACHC, CPPA, TCT, and URAC have in common? They are all organizations that accredit community pharmacies. Accreditation is the process by which a private association, organization, or government agency, after initial and periodic evaluations, grants recognition to an organization, site, or program that has met certain established criteria. Evolving models of healthcare place an increasing focus on quality and performance measures related to the provider sites and practitioners. Voluntary community pharmacy practice accreditation may provide a mechanism for committed community pharmacy practices to distinguish themselves. However, the accreditation process can be complex and costly. But is it worth it?

11:30 – 12:00 Community Pharmacy Update: Lessons Learned on the Road

Bruce Kneeland, Sales and Marketing Specialist, Kneeland Services

In May of 2016 Bruce undertook a 5,400-mile road trip during which he visited 12 amazing pharmacies in Middle America. The purpose of the trip was to interview successful pharmacy owners and learn firsthand some of the management and marketing techniques they employ. This presentation will provide insights into six major success factors these pharmacies employ.