NCPDP Educational Summit, Improving the Infrastructure for Continuity of Care, Features Keynote, Steven Posnack

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Summit Line-Up Includes a Closer Look at the Expanding Role of Pharmacists, Medicare Part D Program Changes, and Updates on ePrescribing and Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs. Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians Attending the Educational Summit May Earn Up to 7.5 Continuing Education Credits.

NCPDP, the not-for-profit pharmacy standards development organization, announced today the line-up for its 2014 Educational Summit, “Improving the Infrastructure for Continuity of Care,” which will be held November 11, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis. Steven Posnack, MS, MHS, director, Office of Standards and Technology, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, will keynote the one-day program, which takes place right before NCPDP’s Work Group Meetings, November 12-14, 2014.

Who should attend?
NCPDP’s Educational Summit content is intended for all healthcare industry stakeholders, including claims processors, electronic health record (EHR) vendors, health plans, large employer groups, manufacturers, pharmacists, pharmacies, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), pharmacy technicians, physicians, physician assistants, and state and national associations.

Educational Summit Program
The 2014 Educational Summit kicks off with a panel discussion on the “Expanding Role of the Pharmacist” and industry standards to support evolving care delivery models. The content-rich program also includes hot topics such as Medicare Part D program changes, and updates on ePrescribing and Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs).

Among those who are confirmed to present at the Summit are:
Rebecca Snead, executive vice president, National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations; Rear Admiral Pam Schweitzer, R.Ph., Pharm. D., USPHS chief professional officer, pharmacy, Health and Human Services (HHS); Shelly Spiro, R. Ph., FASCP, executive Director, Pharmacy HIT Collaborative; Tom Menighan, BSPharm, MBA, ScD, FAPhA, executive vice president and CEO, American Pharmacists Association; Christian Tadrus, Pharm.D., R.Ph., FASCP, AE‐C, Sam's Health Mart Pharmacies; Jessica Goins, senior director, trade relations, Omnicare, Inc.; Cameron Szychlinski, project manager, Epic; Donna Power, director, Medicare and industry intelligence, Catamaran Rx; Jessica Bryne, senior project manager, Express Scripts; Sharon Gruttadauria, director, industry standards, CVS/caremark; Zoe Barry, CEO, ZappRx; Louis Hyman, executive vice president, chief technology officer, eHealth Solutions, Inc.; Melissa Kotrys, CEO, Arizona Health‐e Connection; Tony Scheuth, CEO & managing partner, Point‐of‐Care Partners, LLC; Gretchen Morris, president, Indiana Chapter, National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators; Joel White, president, Horizon Government Affairs; John W. Hill, MBA, vice president business development, Argus Health Systems, Inc.

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who attend this program will be able to earn Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) credits from the ACPE through the Institute of Wellness and Education. CPE credits are provided thanks to a sponsorship from CoverMyMeds.

For more information or to register online for NCPDP’s 2014 Educational Summit, visit:

Founded in 1977, NCPDP is a not-for-profit, ANSI-accredited, Standards Development Organization with 1,600 members representing virtually every sector of the pharmacy services industry. Our diverse membership provides leadership and healthcare business solutions through education and standards, created using the consensus building process. NCPDP has been named in federal legislation, including HIPAA, MMA, and HITECH. NCPDP members have created standards such as the Telecommunication Standard and Batch Standard, the SCRIPT Standard for ePrescribing, the Manufacturers Rebate Standard and more to improve communication within the pharmacy industry. Our data products include dataQ®, a robust database of information on more than 76,000 pharmacies, and HCIdea®, an innovative prescriber database that provides continually updated information on more than two million prescribers. NCPDP's RxReconn® is a legislative tracking product for real-time monitoring of pharmacy-related state and national legislative and regulatory activity. For more information about NCPDP Standards, Data Services, Products, Educational Programs and Work Group meetings, go online at or call (480) 477-1000.

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