Pharmacy Solutions in Drug Plan Management

October 18, 2017
International Centre, 6900 Airport Rd, Mississauga, ON

Proof of Value: What Pharmacy Can Do for Private Drug Plans
Ten years ago, Alberta became the first province to expand pharmacists’ scope of professional practice, and today, all provinces have likewise implemented their own version of an expanded scope. In some cases, provinces now also fund pharmacists’ services for patients—even, occasionally, for beneficiaries of private as well as public plans. As a result, retail pharmacies are evolving business models, staffing and workflows to incorporate paid professional services. They are also seeking to establish themselves in the group insurance industry—not only for pharmacists’ services as part of health benefit plans, but also for pharmacy-driven programs in drug plan management. What value can pharmacies bring to plan sponsors, particularly for higher-cost claimants taking multiple medications? What are the biggest hurdles, and how are pharmacies seeking to overcome them? Get the answers to these questions and more at this year’s Pharmacy Solutions in Drug Plan Management conference.

This is a full-morning conference. The Pharmacy Solutions in Drug Plan Management conference will cost $129 plus tax.

Who Should Attend?

Plan sponsors, benefit consultants, advisors, brokers, group insurance, PBM’s, TPA’s, pharmacies, pharmacists and other healthcare stakeholders.

For information on the conference, please contact Sara Ametrano, Conference Editor, Benefits Canada

Pharmacy Solutions in Drug Plan Management

October 18, 2017
International Centre, Mississauga

This is a full-morning conference that will run from approximately 8 a.m to 12 p.m. Breakfast will be included.

Featured sessions:

1) Drug plan management in today’s environment
We are in a new world with respect to drug plan spending. New drugs in today's world mean expensive drugs, often thousands, tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands annually. The prescription drug landscape has changed and there is growing need for clarity and understanding about the potential impact of new drug development on drug plan spending. How are pharmacists roles evolving within the group insurance and benefits markets? What new roles do pharmacists play today and where might those roles be in the future? This presentation will discuss the trends, the issues and the strategies to deal with rising drug costs and what roles pharmacists can play in keeping employer sponsored drug plans sustainable into the future.

Speaker:
Barbara A. Martinez, national practice leader of drug benefits solutions, The Great-West Life Assurance Co.

2) Mental health and the role of the community pharmacist
This presentation explores the role of the community pharmacist in supporting plan members with mental health needs. Topics include medication adherence, collaborating with other healthcare professionals and precision medicine using pharmacogenomic testing. The session will also discuss how pharmacists create a safe and welcoming environment for your plan members.

Speaker:
Allison Nourse, national director of pharmacy innovation, Pharmasave Drugs (National) Ltd.

More sessions to be posted in a complete agenda shortly.

Pharmacy Solutions in Drug Plan Management - Speakers CONFERENCE SPEAKERS


John Herbert

John Herbert

John Herbert directs Express Scripts Canada’s strategic initiatives and product development activities and is responsible for leading the formulary and programs area, including drug plan management activities. Herbert’s powers of observation have helped him successfully lead Express Scripts Canada’s analytics activities, including the direction of financial and data analysis projects across the organization. Prior to joining Express Scripts Canada in 1999, Herbert gained valuable insight into the group insurance industry during his tenure as a consultant at London Life Insurance Company and as an employee benefits analyst at Morneau Shepell. Herbert graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario with a master of business administration in 1999.

 

 



Barbara Martinez

Barb Martinez

Barbara A. Martinez is the national practice leader of drug benefits solutions in The Great-West Life’s Toronto Group Sales Office. In this role, Martinez supports sales offices across Canada on prescription drug management initiatives. She plays a key role in supporting advisors and their clients, including designing and managing drug benefit plans with The Great-West Life Drug Solutions programs. Martinez joined The Great-West Life in 2012 after 10 years at Mercer, where she led the Canadian drug benefits consulting team. She’s a regular speaker at industry forums and a frequent commentator on employer drug programs. Her past experience also includes 13 years in the pharmaceutical industry, where she worked in sales and marketing as well as government and professional affairs.

 




Allison Nourse

Allison Nourse

Allison Nourse is the national director of pharmacy innovation at Pharmasave Drugs (National) Ltd. She brings considerable leadership, industry and advocacy experience, most recently as manager of the pharmacy services and medicine centre for uniPHARM Wholesale Drugs Ltd. Prior to uniPHARM, Nourse held roles at Intelliware, Network Healthcare, Shoppers Drug Mart and Wyeth Canada. She was also a practice consultant and pharmacist for Pharmasave Drugs (Pacific). Nourse is the past-president of the board of directors for the BC Pharmacy Association. She received her Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from the University of British Columbia, completed the industrial pharmacy residency program at the University of Toronto and is a certified health coach.


 


 

Mark Rolnick

 

Mark Rolnick is the vice-president of payor partnerships and plan sponsor innovation for Shoppers Drug Mart. He is responsible for leading the strategy and development of innovative sustainable solutions to help employers manage their drug plans and improve the health and wellness of their employees. Rolnick and his team work in partnership with insurance carriers, benefits consultants and advisors to implement and execute these initiatives.Prior joining Shoppers Drug Mart, Rolnick spent over five years at Sun Life Financial in leadership roles in the group benefits product development area with a portfolio that included pharmaceuticals, disability and health and wellness. He also spent over 11 years at AstraZeneca, holding a number of roles with increasing responsibility, including market access, sales, marketing, strategic planning and business development. Rolnick practiced pharmacy for many years, and also has a master of science in health economics and a master of business administration.

 



 

Mark Rolnick

 

Eric Sredzinski is responsible for the clinical management, disease state management, training and implementation of patient adherence and persistence programs for Avella Specialty Pharmacy. Working closely with the company’s oncology, infectious disease and transplant teams for presentations and business development, Sredzinski, a member of Avella Specialty Pharmacy’s top management since joining the company in 2001, is also responsible for the management of manufacturer contracted data sets, including the participation in the development and testing of the data layout. Graduating with a doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Arizona college of pharmacy (2000), Sredzinski focused his training in oncology/infectious disease.

 


 

 

For information on the conference, please contact Sara Ametrano, Conference Editor, Benefits Canada

The International Centre

The International Centre is one of the only privately owned trade and consumer show and conference facilities in Canada. They have over forty years of history hosting memorable events. For the second year in a row, The International Centre is proud to be the recipient of the 2014 M&IT Readers Choice Award. The International Centre has been recognized as the leading venue in Central Canada that exceeded Canadian meeting and event planners’ expectations!


International International

6900 Airport Road, Mississauga, ON L4V 1E8

Telephone: (905) 677-6131

Driving Directions:

QEW (Travelling EAST)

  1. Take QEW EAST to Hwy. 427 NORTH.
  2. Follow Hwy. 427 NORTH and exit at Dixon Road.
  3. Turn LEFT at the traffic lights at Dixon Road.
  4. Follow Dixon Road (which becomes Airport Road) for approximately 4 kilometers.
  5. The International Centre will be located on your RIGHT.

GARDINER EXPRESSWAY (Travelling WEST)

  1. Take GARDINER WEST to Hwy. 427 NORTH.
  2. Follow Hwy. 427 NORTH and exit at Dixon Road.
  3. Turn LEFT at the traffic lights at Dixon Road.
  4. Follow Dixon Road (which becomes Airport Road) for approximately 4 kilometers.
  5. The International Centre will be located on your RIGHT.

401 (Travelling WEST)

  1. Take 401 WEST to Hwy. 409 WEST.
  2. Follow Hwy. 409 WEST and exit at Airport Road.
  3. Turn RIGHT at the traffic lights at Airport Road.
  4. Follow Airport Road for approximately 3 kilometers.
  5. The International Centre will be located on your RIGHT.

401 (Travelling EAST)

  1. Take Hwy. 401 EAST to Hwy. 427 NORTH.
  2. Follow Hwy. 427 NORTH and exit at Dixon Road.
  3. Turn LEFT at the traffic lights at Dixon Road.
  4. Follow Dixon Road (which becomes Airport Road) for approximately 4 kilometers.
  5. The International Centre will be located on your RIGHT.

407 (Travelling EAST OR WEST)

  1. Take Hwy. 407 EAST OR WEST and exit at Airport Road.
  2. Turn SOUTH at the traffic lights at Airport Road.
  3. Follow Airport Road for approximately 5 kilometers.
  4. The International Centre will be located on your LEFT.

Parking:

The International Centre offers free onsite parking that can accommodate over 5,000 vehicles. There are also electric vehicle charging stations available outside the conference centre. The North and South parking lots include 55 designated accessible spaces. The lots are also well lit, open 24/7 and monitored by security through fourteen cameras.


For more information, please contact Joanne Boccia, Events Manager


For sponsorship information contact Francesca Allman at 416-847-8142 or francesca.allman@tc.tc


For information on the agenda, please contact Sara Ametrano, Conference Editor, Benefits Canada