The American Society for Automation in Pharmacy

2018 Annual Conference

January 10-12

The Ritz-Carlton

Naples, Florida

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Special rates available for pharmacy owners and practicing pharmacists.

ASAP Thanks The Sponsors of the 2018 Annual Conference

Gold Sponsors



Silver Sponsors



Hotel Information

The Ritz-Carlton

280 Vanderbilt Beach Road
Naples, FL 34108
(239) 598-3300

An important message about the Ritz-Carlton Naples: The hotel experienced only minor damage from Hurricane Irma and will be open to host our conference in January as planned.

The Ritz-Carlton Naples is approximately 27 miles or 40 minutes from Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW).

Hotel Reservations

Call (239) 598-3300 and mention the American Society for Automation in Pharmacy to make your reservation at the meeting rate of $329 per night plus tax, available until December 1. 


Wednesday, January 10

3:30 – 5:00 Registration

5:00 – 6:30 Opening Cocktail Reception

Thursday, January 11

8:00 – 8:45 Continental Breakfast

8:45 – 9:00 Gold Sponsor Podium Time
9:00 – 9:45 Pharmaceutical Trends, Issues, and Forecasts
Doug Long, M.B.A., Vice President, Industry Relations, QuintilesIMS
Doug will highlight the developing pharmaceutical trends and issues, with a focus on the forecast for retail pharmacy.

9:45 – 10:15 Improving America’s Communities Together: Innovative Practice and Business Models for Improving Population Health
Ben Bluml, R.Ph., Senior Vice President, Research and Innovation, American Pharmacists Association Foundation
Ben will provide insight into innovative methods for integrating point-of-care technologies into new practice workflows that improve population health, practice workflow, and business models.

10:15 – 10:45 Break

10:45 – 11:15Direct Secure Messaging: What You Need to Know
Louie Foster, Director, Product Manager, Integra LTC Solutions, Inc.
Louie will discuss Direct Secure Messaging in pharmacy and describe practical applications for using this Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services-supported secure transport protocol.

11:15 – 12:00 Legislative Update: What to Expect in 2018
Brad Kile, Ph.D., President, Dumbarton Group, LLC
Congress is advancing a legislative agenda that will impact pharmacies and the patients they serve. Brad will detail critical initiatives that are moving through the legislative process in Congress, and what to expect for 2018. He will discuss key issues, including: pharmacist provider status; drug pricing; PBM and health plan transparency requirements; Medicare Part D changes; FDA oversight of pharmacies; and new reimbursement models. Attendees will learn what to expect from Congress this year and how to navigate newly implemented changes.

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 5:30 Networking and Business Meetings
5:30 – 7:00 President’s Reception

Friday, January 12

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

9:00 – 9:30 New Revenue Streams for Pharmacy: Moving Beyond Rx Dispensing
Don Dietz, R.Ph., M.S., Vice President, Pharmacy Healthcare Solutions, Inc.
Pharmacies that diversify and generate profitable revenue beyond dispensing prescriptions are better positioned to be successful in the future. Industry consolidation will require the remaining pharmacies to improve their services for patients and payers to ensure network participation. In this session, Don will explore several nondispensing activities where pharmacists are uniquely positioned to assist patient care, improve outcomes, and receive remuneration.


Friday, January 12 (cont.)

9:30 – 10:00 Pharmacy System Vendors: Considerations for the Future

Brent Fox, Pharm.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy
The rapidly changing nature of health information technology (HIT) is a reflection of the healthcare system within which it exists. Accordingly, pharmacy management systems are subject to the regulatory, administrative, workflow, and clinical forces that impact the practice of pharmacy. Brent will focus on prevailing trends in healthcare that impact the needs of pharmacy management system users.

10:00 – 10:30 Break

10:30 – 11:00Value-Based Payment Models: What Are They and How Are They Changing the Healthcare System?
Anne Burns, R.Ph., Vice President, Professional Affairs, American Pharmacists Association
The healthcare system is transforming to new payment and care delivery models focused on improving health outcomes and bending the cost curve. The movement to value-based payment is impacting all healthcare sectors, including pharmacy. Anne will explore key aspects of value-based payment and care delivery, and profile example programs such as accountable care organizations, patient-centered medical homes, MACRA, star ratings, and the Part D Enhanced MTM program. Come to this session to learn about the effect of these models on pharmacy practice and how pharmacists are engaging.

11:00 – 11:30 Direct and Indirect Remuneration Fees: The Current State of Affairs
Marsha Millonig, M.B.A., B.Pharm., President and CEO, Catalyst Enterprises
Pharmacies are currently contending with numerous issues surrounding direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees. The term was coined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to address price concessions (e.g., drug manufacturer rebates) that were not captured at the point of sale and that would ultimately impact the gross prescription drug costs of Medicare Part D plans. The DIR fee has come to describe arrangements between plans/PBMs and pharmacies as a catch-all term designed to encompass a number of different types of fees, including pay-to-play fees for network participation, as well as periodic reimbursement reconciliations. As a result, pharmacies are taking reimbursement cuts related to network participation and network metrics, including quality metrics. In this session, Marsha will describe the current state of affairs with DIR fees and the outline strategies pharmacies are using to reduce DIR fee impact related to quality metrics.

11:30 – 12:00 Applying Technology to Clinical Care to Elevate the Pharmacist’s Role in Improving Population Health
Kevin Masci, Pharm.D., Vice President Of Business Development & Population Health at FDS Rx

Kevin will discuss the scope of today’s healthcare landscape and address current barriers impacting pharmacist-driven clinical care. He will highlight the impact pharmacists are making on population health and lowering total costs of care, as well as the need for technology, interoperability, and documentation to drive care and improve population health. Finally, Kevin will provide examples of how technology can simplify the operational burdens of care.