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    Academy’s 24th Annual Meeting & Expo Opportunity for Education and Networking

    San Francisco will be the epicenter of the managed care pharmacy profession when AMCP’s 24th Annual Meeting & Expo takes place April 18-20. The conference, at the Moscone West Convention Center, will feature an array of cutting-edge educational programming, renowned keynote speakers, engaging networking opportunities and a showcase of companies and organizations sharing their latest innovations and services…and much more.

    The Annual Meeting & Expo has become a must-attend event for managed care pharmacy professionals and others each spring.

    “The Academy is proud to present such outstanding programming at our Annual Meeting & Expo,” said AMCP Chief Executive Officer Edith Rosato, RPh, IOM. “This is truly the premier event for anyone who has a stake in the dynamic field of managed care pharmacy.”

    The San Francisco programming will focus on a wide range of topics and issues relevant to managed care pharmacy professionals today.  And the Educational Sessions will be lead by top leaders in the field.

    “Every time I come [to a meeting] I learn something about where our profession is going and what thought leaders are focusing on,” said AMCP Member Kendra Karagozian.

    Topics on the agenda include:

    • Current trends and emerging models  in comparative effectiveness research (CER)
    • MTM - changes, growth and trends in the industry
    • Transitions of care
    • Quality initiatives
    • Accountable care organizations (ACOs)
    • Medicare plan “Star Rating” system update
    • Federal and state legislative updates
    • Essential benefits and exchanges
    • Advancing medication  adherence and the science of pharmacy care
    • HIT
    • Medicaid strategies
    • Drug shortages and implications for managed care pharmacy
    • Scanning the pharmaceutical pipeline
    • Emerging issues and trends in managed care pharmacy
    • Specialty pharmacy management track
    • Specialty pharmacy “Roundtable Discussions:”
    • Oncology pathway development and implications for managed care pharmacy
    • The state of research in managed care pharmacy
    • Wall Street update for health plans and managed care

    Satellite Symposia Highlights 

    AMCP’s Satellite Symposia offers additional opportunities for attendees to obtain education on key issues.   Each symposium will offer Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) through an ACPE accredited provider.  In addition to CPE, various satellites will also offer CME through an ACCME accredited provider.  Topics include: 

    Wednesday, April 18 – 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Title: SS1: Emerging Type 2 Diabetes Treatment Strategies: Practical Solutions for a Complex and Swiftly Changing Environment
    Commercial Supporter: Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Lilly USA, Inc.

    Title: SS2: Toward Individualized, Patient-Centered Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis: The Role of Managed Care Pharmacy
    Commercial Supporter: ACORDA Therapeutics, Novartis and Allergan

    Thursday, April 19 – 6:00 am – 8:00 am 

    Title: SS4: Today's Gout: Treatment Concerns for the Managed Care Pharmacist
    Commercial Supporter: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

    Thursday, April 19 – 8:30 am – 12:30 pm 

    Title: SS5: Evaluating Comparative Effectiveness Beyond the Systematic Review Findings on Lipid-modifying Therapies
    Commercial Supporter: Genentech

    Friday, April 20 – 6:00 am – 8:00 am 

    Title: SS6: Controlling the Cascade: New Treatments to Manage Patients with Schizophrenia
    Commercial Supporter: Genentech

    Title: SS7: Myelofibrosis and Multiple Myeloma – Strategies for Effective Decision Making
    Commercial Supporter: Incyte Corporation

    Continuing Professional Education Partner Programs (CPEPP) − Wednesday, April 18 

    Still another venue for gaining relevant knowledge are AMCP’s multifaceted CPEPPs, which provided an interactive “practicum” experience for pharmacists, physicians and nurses to participate in hands-on learning while rotating through different mini-sessions. This year’s CPEPPs will provide continuing education credits for pharmacists, physicians and nurses.  They are: 

    • The Evolving Role of Managed Care and Oncology Pharmacy Management – Practical Recommendations for a Changing Environment.
    • Analyzing and Applying the Evidence to Improve Cost/Benefit and Risk/Benefit Outcomes in Multiple Sclerosis.

    Networking – A Key Part of the AMCP Annual Meting 

    Not to be overlooked are the invaluable networking opportunities available to attendees. At AMCP’s 24th Annual Meeting & Expo, attendees will encounter many likeminded managed care colleagues in various forums.   Whether it is the person sitting next to you at an Educational Session or the friends you make at the Opening Night Reception, the connections you make are crucial to your career.

    “The ability to interface with people from all areas of the industry is invaluable – to be able to make connections, broaden your horizons and know where the trends are,” said AMCP Member Rob Coppolla. “That’s a big value to me.”

    Expo Hall: Thursday, April 19 – Friday, April 20 

    The Expo Hall will be the site of more than 100 companies and organizations displaying their latest innovations and services. The Expo Hall also will be the site of the Product Theaters, which provide an opportunity for attendees to hear late-breaking information on specific products, therapeutic areas and/or disease states in the presentations provided by company-designated presenters. Participants will gain immediate knowledge that can be incorporated into every day practice. 

    In addition, the Expo Hall will be feature a display of professional, student, resident and fellow Poster Presentations on Friday, April 20. The presentations provide authors the opportunity to present their research, while giving interested attendees the chance to query authors and review their findings. 

    General Sessions 

    In addition to the abundant educational offerings and networking opportunities, the Annual Meeting & Expo provides a number of events that will provoke and inspire you. Most notably among these are the Thursday and Friday General Sessions.

    Two of America’s most highly respected political journalists, Stephen Hayes and Juan Williams, will headline the Thursday General Session. These two well-known media figures will provide you with an inside look at the 2012 presidential race and offer their unique perspectives on the current political climate in Washington and across the country from both sides of the political aisle.

    Conservative-leaning Hayes is a regular member of the “Fox News All Stars” on Special Report with Bret Baier, frequent panelist on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace. Before joining Fox, Hayes was part of CNN’s “Best Political Team on Television,” which won a Peabody Award for its coverage of the 2008 elections.

    Liberal-leaning Williams is considered one of America’s leading political writers and thinkers. Most recently a senior correspondent for NPR, he is currently a political analyst for Fox Television, and a regular panelist for Fox News Sunday. In addition to prize-winning columns and editorial writing for The Washington Post, he has also authored seven books.

    Frank Luntz, one of the most honored and quoted public opinion pollster working in America today, will present the keynote address at the Friday general session. Described as “the Nostradamus of pollsters,” Luntz has become the go-to consultant when Fortune 100 companies and their CEOs need communication and language guidance. His influential political surveys are closely scrutinized by top politicians and his political analysis is widely quoted in national broadcast and print media.

    “This is one of the best conferences in the country – so come and have some fun,” said AMCP Member Meghan Frear.

    Visit to register online and reserve your housing today. Remember, AMCP members save up to $450 on their registration!  If you are not already a member, join today at!

    We will see you in San Francisco! 

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