The American Society for Automation in Pharmacy

2018 Midyear Conference

June 20-22

The Breakers

Palm Beach, Florida

Special rates available for pharmacy owners and practicing pharmacists.

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Wednesday, June 20

3:30 – 5:00 Registration

5:00 – 6:30 Opening Cocktail Reception

Thursday, June 21

8:00 – 8:45 Continental Breakfast

8:45 – 9:00 Gold Sponsor Podium Time

9:00 – 9:30 Wearables in Pharmacy: Opportunities for Patient Engagement and End-user Data Collection

Timothy Aungst, Pharm.D., Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
The rapid rise of digital health technologies has led to a variety of wearable health devices that offer new means of data acquisition directly from patients. This data has the opportunity to be leveraged for directed patient care, along with use in clinical research. Timothy will focus on several examples of selected wearable technologies and the ramifications for pharmacy practice.

9:30 – 10:00 New HIPAA Update: NCPDP F2 Telecommunication Claim Standard

Annette Gabel, President, ACAG Consulting

Annette will bring us up to date on a range of topics around the forthcoming NCPDP F2 telecom standard, including the current regulatory status, how pharmacy is embracing the change, the significant changes from D.0 to F2, and the proposed timeline for implementation.

10:00 – 10:30 PGx: Innovative Methods for Optimizing and Personalizing Medication Therapy

Ben Bluml, R.Ph., Senior Vice President, Research and Innovation, American Pharmacists Association Foundation

Growing PGx evidence demonstrates that individual genetic differences impact medication effectiveness and disposition. This presentation will explore CPIC guidelines and genotype-guided therapy selection to create personalized medication regimens designed to make medications safer and more effective in diverse populations. Learn how applying a unique patient-centered, team-based approach for implementing an individualized pharmacotherapy strategy at the point of care can contribute to improved health outcomes.

10:30 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 11:45 Wrapping Your Head Around Blockchain: Foundations and Potential Implications for Healthcare

Brent Fox, Pharm.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy

If an award for most-hyped technology existed, blockchain would likely have received it over the last several years. Indeed, blockchain has been forecast to disrupt a laundry list of industries, including banking and pharma. But what exactly is blockchain? And what is its potential role in healthcare? Brent begins with a foundational introduction to blockchain technology. After providing a common point of understanding, he will focus on blockchain in healthcare, including challenges, its potential role, and example applications.

11:45 – 12:15 Interoperability, FHIR, and Blockchain: Where Do We Go from Here?

Tim Kosty, R.Ph., President, Pharmacy Healthcare Solutions, Inc.

Tim will discuss the challenges in developing and the progress in creating an interoperable health system, including the recent announcement from Apple that it will be creating a patient health record using the fast healthcare interoperability resources (FHIR) process. He will explore the challenges for healthcare technology companies, healthcare providers, pharmacies, and patients, and discuss whether these efforts are solving the right problem and whether new technology such as blockchain will make current efforts obsolete.

12:15 – 1:30 Lunch

1:30 – 5:30 Networking and Business Meetings

5:30 – 7:00 President’s Reception


Friday, June 22

8:00 – 8:45 Continental Breakfast

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

9:00 – 9:30 Prescription Monitoring Programs: Where Are They Headed?

Danna Droz, J.D., R.Ph., Prescription Monitoring Program Liaison, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy

Danna will discuss how prescription monitoring programs have been changing to meet the demands of the opioid crisis and the new challenges they face in the future.

9:30 – 10:00 Taking PMPs to the Next Level: Lessons Learned from Reporting All Prescriptions Using the ASAP PMP Standard

Kevin Borcher, Pharm.D., PDMP Program Director, Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII)

In 2017 Nebraska enhanced its PDMP to require reporting of all controlled substances. Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, the legislation mandated the reporting of all prescription drugs to the PMP. Understanding the reasons for this innovative and expanded use of the PMP and the opportunities and challenges in achieving this can provide valuable benefits for other states interested in this.

10:00 – 10:30 Break

10:30 – 11:00 The Road to the New SCRIPT Standard

Patrice Bavaro Olson, Director, Product Innovation, Surescripts

Patrice will discuss some of the key ways that Surescripts is preparing to support the industry’s journey to the new SCRIPT standard, including testing, translations, and certification/on-boarding tools.

11:00 – 11:30 Community Pharmacy and the Next Phase of the DSCSA

Kala Shankle, J.D., Director, Policy and Regulatory Affairs, National Community Pharmacists Association

Kala will discuss the next phase of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) and how community pharmacies can prepare to comply with upcoming requirements under the law.

11:30 – 12:00 Pharmacist eCare Plan: Beyond CPESN Networks and the CMMI Grant

Trista Pfeiffenberger, Pharm.D., M.S., Director of Quality and Operations, CPESN USA

Trista will provide an update on the current status of the eCare Plan tool and offer insights that help better explain the potential ubiquity of the eCare Plan within pharmacy.


Hotel Information

Don’t delay in making your room reservation. Rooms will go quickly at the meeting rate of $245 per night plus tax, available until May 25. Call 888/273-2537 and mention the American Society for Automation in Pharmacy. Now in its second century, The Breakers continues the tradition of excellence begun by its founder, Henry Morrison Flagler. Set amid 140 acres of breathtaking oceanfront property, The Breakers is a recipient of the prestigious AAA Five Diamond Award and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It features two championship golf courses, with the par-70 Ocean Course, Florida’s first 18-hole golf course, on-site. Nine on-site restaurants offer a myriad of choices for your dining pleasure, including The Seafood Bar, The Flagler Steakhouse, The Beach Club Restaurant, and The Ocean Grill.

Meeting Attire

Attire for this meeting is business casual. The Breakers’ restaurants have specific dress codes, however. Average June temperatures in Palm Beach range between 74°F and 89°F.

Ground Transportation

The Breakers is approximately seven miles or 15 minutes from Palm Beach International Airport (PBI). A taxi from Palm Beach International Airport costs approximately $30. To arrange for car service, please contact the hotel concierge at 561/655-6611. The cost for a sedan for up to three people from Palm Beach International is approximately $80 one way, plus tax and gratuity. This can be charged to your room. Rates from other area airports are available as well. Uber is available at the airport as well. Valet parking is $30 per day.