Pharmacy Solutions in Drug Plan Management

September 25, 2018
International Centre, 6900 Airport Rd, Mississauga, ON

Common thread: The pharmacist, the drug plan, the plan member
What value does pharmacy bring to private drug plans to ultimately benefit plan member experience and health outcomes? Join us September 25th for a morning of insights and innovation.

Pharmacy Solutions in Drug Plan Management is a full-morning conference. It will cost $129 plus tax for plan sponsors and $179 plus tax for industry providers.

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

September 25, 2018
International Centre, Mississauga

8:00 - 8:55 a.m. 
Breakfast and registration



8:55 - 9:00 a.m.
Opening remarks



9:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Session one
The costs and benefits of pharmacy services on private drug plans
Escalating drug costs, climbing prevalence of chronic diseases, and long healthcare wait times are common challenges faced by employers and plan members today. As highly accessible medication experts, pharmacists are well positioned to help patients navigate their drug plans and provide services to improve plan member health. This session will discuss new research that compares the costs and benefits of pharmacy services and the role that they can play in benefit plans, to support plan member’ health and wellness.

Speaker: 
Priscilla Po, director, drug plan management, employer health solutions, Shoppers Drug Mart


9:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Session two
Reversing diabetes with therapeutic nutrition: The pharmacist’s role in deprescribing

Reversal of type 2 diabetes has recently become a realistic clinical objective. Sean McKelvey will tell of a new clinical trial that aims to determine the impact of a pharmacist-led therapeutic nutrition intervention. He will share preliminary results, highlighting the role of pharmacists in deprescribing.


Speaker:
Sean McKelvey,
chief executive officer, Institute for Personalized Therapeutic Nutrition

This session has been made possible by Pharmasave


10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Session three
Solutions to manage specialty drug claims to get the most value from your drug plan spending
Current drug claim trends show that specialty drugs’ share of costs has almost doubled since 2010 and is attributed to only a small number of claimants.  Following an overview of what is driving recent specialty drug trends, Cory Cowan will present various cost-effective solutions that can help optimize plan value and improve plan sponsor and plan member outcomes.

Speaker:
Cory Cowan, director, professional services, TELUS Health


10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Networking break


11:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Session four
Cannabis legalization: an overview on benefits coverage, workplace policy and other key considerations 

As Canada is the first G7 country to legalize cannabis, our businesses must learn how to adapt to this monumental shift in policy. This presentation will provide an overview on the latest news related to legalization, cannabis usage trends, the challenges workplaces face and considerations for covering medical cannabis on benefits plans.

Speaker:
Jonathan Zaid, director, advocacy and corporate social responsibility, Aurora Cannabis Inc.

This session has been made possible by CanniMed, a subsidiary of Aurora Cannabis Inc.


11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Session five
Value-based pharmacy: Measuring the value and quality of pharmacy care
Over the past decade, there has been a growing awareness of the necessity of measuring and reporting the quality of health care services delivered by providers. In this session, conference attendees will learn about the first payor-led program in Canada to measure pharmacy performance and assess it against a set of validated medication-use measures. This session will discuss how this new quality assessment framework will serve to inform patient choice of pharmacy providers but also underpin an outcome-based reimbursement model that will incentivize higher quality of service provision and enhance accountability.

Speaker:
Ned Pojskic, leader, pharmacy and health provider relations, Green Shield Canada


12:00 p.m.
Closing remarks


Pharmacy Solutions in Drug Plan Management - Speakers CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

September 25, 2018
International Centre, Mississauga


Cory Cowan

Sean McKelvey

Cory Cowan is the director of professional services at TELUS Health, where he is responsible for the strategic leadership and direction of the pharmacy services team. He is a trained pharmacist and holds both a bachelor's degree and doctorate degree in the field of pharmacy. Prior to joining TELUS Health, Cowan spent close to 10 years at Express Scripts Canada, beginning as a clinical pharmacist and subsequently managing the clinical services team. More recently, Cowan was a senior market access strategist at AstraZeneca Canada, where he led the national reimbursement strategies for select cardiovascular and oncology products for both public and private payers.

  


  

Sean McKelvey

Sean McKelvey

Sean McKelvey is a pharmacist and the cheif executive officer for the Institute for Personalized Therapeutic Nutrition (IPTN). A graduate of the University of British Columbia (UBC), McKelvey is a recognized leader in pharmacy practice change across Canada. He has been acknowledged numerous times for innovative clinical programs, including the Canadian Pharmacists Association Patient Care Achievement Award for innovation and the British Columbia Pharmacy Association Ben Gant Award for Innovation. McKelvey was also awarded the prestigious Len Mark’s Award, which recognizes an individual for demonstrating outstanding dedication to the advancement of pharmacy. In 2016, he co-founded the IPTN to ensure that health-care professionals have access to training and support to safely prescribe therapeutic nutrition. In 2017, the IPTN partnered with UBC researchers and Pharmasave to implement a randomized clinical trial examining the role of pharmacists in therapeutic nutrition. McKelvey will review the preliminary results of this ground-breaking study.

  


  

Ned Pojskic

Ned Pojskic

Ned Pojskic is Green Shield Canada’s (GSC) leader for pharmacy and health provider relations. In this role, he is responsible for setting GSC’s strategic direction with respect to provider and drug benefits management. He takes the lead in managing stakeholder relations with all health-care providers, including pharmacy, dental and paramedical. Pojskic is also responsible for overall drug formulary management, including pricing and policy as well as pharmaceutical industry partnerships.

With an industry background that includes a role as director of health policy for the Ontario Pharmacists Association, Pojskic is a key member of GSC’s strategic market solutions team. He holds masters and doctorate degrees from the department of pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Toronto and is currently appointed as an adjunct professor within the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the university.

  


  

Jonathan Zaid

Jonathan Zaid

Jonathan Zaid is the director of advocacy and corporate social responsibility (CSR) at Aurora Cannabis Inc., one of the world's largest and most progressive legal cannabis companies. His responsibilities include overseeing the development and implementation of Aurora's global CSR and advocacy initiatives. Zaid also sits on the C3 industry association's medical cannabis committee.

Since 2014 - when Zaid founded Canada's foremost non-profit cannabis patient advocacy organization - Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana (CFAMM), he has been recognized as a leading expert on cannabis policy, education and advocacy. Zaid served as CFAMM's executive director from 2014 to 2018.

Zaid's unwavering commitment to advocacy has already, and continues to, transform policy among governments, insurers and industry, and is regularly featured in major media outlets. He has been honoured by multiple awards, including being named one of five "Mavericks and Movers" by the Financial Post.

  


  

More information to be posted shortly.

For information on the speakers, 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 Anya Baker, Events Coordinator


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