Spring IDN Summit Learning Objectives

2023 Spring IDN Summit | 4/16 - 19 | Orlando, FL

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Conference Learning Objectives


Pharmacy Executive Forum

  1. Identify legislative pricing changes and what that means for your IDN.
  2. Explore the most recent developments with contract pharmacies and changes in operations.
  3. Explain cost reduction efforts in the context of in-patient vs outpatient settings.
  4. Develop new strategies and tactics for managing costs, optimizing program savings, and maximizing the benefits of the 340B program for your organization.
  5. Analyze the past, current and future factors contributing to drug shortages and the challenges involved in addressing these.
  6. Describe developing an effective balance between mitigating shortages through establishing surge supplies, avoiding excess inventory, but having enough on hand.
  7. Examine how an IDN can build proactive plans and processes instead of being reactive to drug shortages.
  8. Formulate a plan to evaluate generic options as part of your shortage mitigation strategy.
  9. Identify market and cultural factors in pharmacy talent recruitment and retention within IDNs and recognize their impact on organizational success.
  10. Describe organizational examples of successful recruitment and retention efforts.
  11. Demonstrate strategies and best practices to avoid burnout with current teams.
  12. Examine personal and professional techniques to help develop the next generation of pharmacy leaders.


Supplier Strategies Track

  1. Explain the importance of adopting a data-centric strategy to gain a competitive edge and identify the specific benefits of leveraging data.
  2. Identify data sources and tools to utilize to collect and interpret information into actionable strategies.
  3. Cultivate targeted marketing and sales strategies applying data analysis techniques to develop messages and offers tailored to meet the specific needs and preferences of hospital members.
  4. Measure the success of data-driven strategies and adjust approaches as needed through identification and tracking of key performance indicators (KPIs).
  5. Define the concept of RPCs and explain their historical evolution.
  6. Identify the benefits of participating in an RPC, including cost savings, increased purchasing power, and access to a broader range of products and services, and more flexibility than national organizations.
  7. Analyze the potential challenges associated with participation in an RPC, including issues related to governance, decision-making, and conflicts of interest, and explore strategies for mitigating these challenges.
  8. Evaluate the unique characteristics of specific RPCs, including successes, organizational structure, membership, and purchasing strategies, and develop a framework for assessing RPCs best suited to meet the needs of your organization.


Clinical Pharmacy Track

  1. Examine how gaps in quality can negatively impact product availability.
  2. Identify how key supply chain stake holders including suppliers, distributors, IDNs, and GPOs are working together to achieve better transparency, achieve supply readiness and mitigate quality issues.
  3. Analyze about FDA’s work on Quality Management Maturity program for pharmaceutical manufacturing sites, and how it can provide improved supply chain insights that can support providers in making informed purchasing decisions leading to enhanced product access and availability.
  4. Formulate strategies for your organization can better position itself to provide better patient safety and quality of care.
  5. Develop an understanding of the social determinants of health and how they impact healthcare outcomes across a variety of populations, including vulnerable and marginalized populations.
  6. Describe the impact of vaccines and diagnostics and the critical importance of community buy-in.
  7. Explain the impact of the RSV virus and how vaccines contribute to population health and avoidable admissions.
  8. Examine the importance of point-of-care testing/rapid diagnostics.
  9. Evaluate the critical importance of safe labeling in an OR setting.
  10. Assess common labeling mistakes in hospital operating rooms ORs and develop strategies to avoid them.
  11. Analyze several technology and label designs and assess their effectiveness and applicability.
  12. Identify the use of data in safe labelling and its contribution to improving outcomes.


Financial Pharmacy Track

  1. Evaluate regulations, including 340B and the DSCSA, that will be affecting the industry and discuss their possible specific impacts.
  2. Analyze and discuss an overview of pricing issues including price transparency, limiting price increases and the need to reduce overall healthcare spending.
  3. Assess advances in technology, such as telemedicine and digital health tools that have already transformed the way healthcare is delivered and preview what to expect in the coming years.
  4. Develop strategies for adapting to changes in the pharmacy industry including identifying opportunities to optimize revenue and manage costs in the face of evolving policies, pricing models, and technological innovations.
  5. Identify key trends in the payment landscape, including changes in payor mandates,and understand their impact on the pharmacy industry.
  6. Develop strategies for adapting to changes in payment models and staying competitive in the face of disruption.
  7. Examine changes in sites of care and what they mean for IDNs moving forward.
  8. Explain emerging reimbursement strategy changes for 2023 and their applicability.
  9. Review the recent updates to 503B compounding regulations and their implications for compounding practices and their processes.
  10. Explain the criticality of staff training and maintaining consistent and transparent communication.
  11. Outline strategies to comply with the new regulations and ensure patient safety for clinicians and administrators as well.
  12. Analyze case studies and scenarios to apply knowledge of the revised regulations to real-world situations.


Clinical Track

  1. Identify common barriers to effective communication between clinicians and supply chain professionals and develop practical strategies for overcoming these barriers.
  2. Evaluate the role of process improvements in enhancing communication and collaboration between clinicians and supply chain professionals.
  3. Develop a plan for implementing effective communication strategies and improving collaboration between clinicians and supply chain professionals in their organization, with a focus on maximizing patient outcomes and minimizing costs.
  4. Demonstrate best practices and provider successes in implementing effective communication strategies.
  5. Justify supply chain decisions to improve clinician satisfaction with supply chain.
  6. Define processes and systems to incorporate into your IDNs supply chain. 
  7. Evaluate what is being done well and what needs improvement to improve the patient experience.
  8. Define the challenges for clinical supply chain, post-pandemic.
  9. Define value integration and the critical link to organizational structure,
  10. Discuss processes, tactics and communication required to accomplish the work
  11. Identify key collaboration partners-medical, financial and administrative executives,
  12. Explain financial data flows and key organizational metrics to measure strategic effectiveness.


Executive Leadership Track

  1. Discuss developments on the state and federal level that are impacting healthcare now and possibly in the future.
  2. Review trending topics and events that could impact supply chain disruptions and shortages going forward and examine how organizations can prepare.
  3. Explore the continuing transformation of care delivery and what impacts those changes will have on the supply chain.
  4. Explain the prevailing themes issues around the ongoing digitization of the supply chain and what providers need to do to keep pace.
  5. Identify the trends causing a shift in the US healthcare market.
  6. Outline specific strategies to organize your team’s priorities to better align with your CEOs initiatives.
  7. Recognize leadership traits that IDN CEOs and Boards are looking for in tomorrow’s IDN leadership teams.
  8. Analyze factors that could hamper your IDNs care delivery for future disruptions and how to mitigate those disruptions.
  9. Identify and leverage techniques to build credibility within the organization, especially with the C-suite.
  10. Recognize the highest-level priorities of executive leadership and develop strategies to align with those both individually and as a team.
  11. Demonstrate the power of consensus building and a multi-disciplinary approach to speak with one voice as much as possible when communicating priorities and needs.
  12. Describe the importance of utilizing data and evidence-based information to effectively build your communications case.


Financial Operations Track

  1. Examine current trends in the logistics function and how they are impacting the entirety of the supply chain including fuel costs, environmental considerations, and shipping issues.
  2. Review forecasted shortages and resource deficiencies and understand possible impacts on demand planning and safety stock considerations.
  3. Explain the growth of self-distribution models and review the factors that a healthcare system must consider to determine whether self-distribution is a viable alternative.
  4. Identify best practices and the value of crossline communication between clinicians, pharmacy, OR, etc. to better understand their needs and the needs of their patients.
  5. Review data and information gathered from the Supply Chain Leaders
  6. Explain the opportunity for organizations to implement processes to improve patient care and frontline workers processes.
  7. Examine practical use for innovative technologies to increate supply chain resilience.
  8. Analyze the challenges discovered within the research and supplemental research to improve the Healthcare Supply Chain.
  9. Analyze the current global landscape to gain a deeper understanding of the current and pending factors that are impacting shortages/disruptions now and in the near term.
  10. Describe best practices and plans to mitigate any disruptions and shortages while optimizing stock/inventory levels to meet demand and ensure care.
  11. Identify strategies to foster further collaboration and improve communication among supply chain stakeholders to develop a more proactive culture.
  12. Develop a process to audit your supply chain to understand and have full transparency into where your vulnerabilities may lie.


Thought Leadership Keynote

  1. Review the skills required to lead effectively in the dynamic and fast-changing field of healthcare.
  2. Analyze your development as a leader and better understand how improving your development translates into personal and organizational success.
  3. Develop an understanding of how to build and sustain high-functioning teams within the healthcare field.
  4. Outline approaches to improve conflict resolution, operational analysis, employee management, and quality management techniques necessary to achieve individual and organizational objectives.


It’s the Economy Keynote

  1. Analyze globalizations impact on your healthcare supply chain and the potential for onshoring a greater percentage of your supply chain.
  2. Discover inflationary trends that could hamper financial markets.
  3. Recognize untapped opportunities in allocating your strategic capital assets.
  4. List risk mitigation strategies to understand potential adverse economic events.


Inspirational Keynote

  1. Discuss the emotional toll a life-altering diagnosis has on patients.
  2. Review successful campaigns to fund cancer research and its impact on the healthcare supply chain.
  3. Identify best practices to improve your team’s vision.


Senior Executives Forum

  1. Summarize best practices that can be applied to your organization.
  2. Discover new approaches to issues that have been successful at other organizations.
  3. Identify ways you can assist others with their challenges.
  4. Review challenges impacting your organization.
  5. Explore how supply chain leaders are mitigating challenges imposed by supply shortages.
  6. Discover opportunities supply chain leaders have found by innovative contracting strategies.
  7. Explore how IDNs are coping with unexpected pricing inflation in their supply chain.
  8. Identify best practices for organizational development. 


Idea Exchanges

  1. Demonstrate the importance of developing a clearly defined, comprehensive plan or strategy for managing purchased services, and be able to apply best practices and strategies to optimize cost and quality.
  2. Explain strategies and practices to effectively evaluate vendors and assess their ability to work in and truly understand the healthcare setting.
  3. Explore methods for promoting collaboration and communication with vendors and develop skills for building effective partnerships to achieve mutually beneficial goals.
  4. Uncover available resources and tools for managing purchased services, including technology solutions, data analytics, and other resources that can be leveraged to optimize performance and enhance overall organizational effectiveness.
  5. Explain the shift in the workforce generationally, with Boomers retiring and millennials, with very different values and expectations, beginning to dominate the workforce.
  6. Uncover and differentiate what is most important to each level of employee (pay, balance, growth) in order to put initiatives into place that are meaningful.
  7. Recognize the importance of employee growth and provide opportunities for growth, including, mentoring, coaching and skill expansion.
  8. Illustrate best practices and strategies for stimulating engagement, buy-in and a compelling culture that makes people want to stay.


Pharmacy Idea Exchanges

  1. Identify a definition of biosimilars and identify their similarities and differences to generics.
  2. Explain how to plan, develop and implement a biosimilars program.
  3. Demonstrate strategies to get buy-in from clinicians on the use of biosimilars.
  4. Evaluate current organization processes and identify opportunities for biosimilar utilization.
  5. Describe and demonstrate the importance of developing an organization-wide, executive level drug shortage management strategy.
  6. Examine and explain strategies for the use of generics in patient care.
  7. Illustrate the usage of checklists and standards to ensure patient safety, including a Quality Evaluation Process.
  1. Explain how providers, suppliers and GPOs can become collaborative partners in the fight for supply chain resiliency


Contact Trey Beuttel at 859.523.5701 with any questions related to Learning Objectives

Trey Beuttel | Director, Provider Relationships and Education

P: 859.788.9699