Below are the Pharmacy Track sessions that were part of the 2022 Spring IDN Summit in Orlando.

GPO Panel: An Outlook on Pharmacy

Moderator: Dale Locklair, Industry Consultant

Panelists: Christine Dunn, Assistant Vice President, Pharmacy Sourcing, HealthTrust; Joel Hennenfent, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, FASHP, Senior Vice President, Pharmacy Member Services, Vizient, Inc.; and Michael Wascovich, Vice President Field Services, Premier, Inc.

GPOs guide thousands of pharmacy supply products through the IDN pharmacy supply chain which involves contracting, analytics, forecasting and other roles for their IDN partners. This role is key in working to reduce the approximate 20% cost pharmacy operations account for in a typical hospital. Join this panel of GPO pharmacy supply chain leaders and learn how they are working to develop a more efficient pharmacy supply chain for their IDN partners.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Formulate strategies to drive increased market share acquisition.
  2. Analyze the factors that impact the pharmaceutical supply chain.
  3. Outline the ways GPOs are navigating potential disruptions within the IDN pharmacy supply chain. 

Payment is Everyone's Responsibility

Moderator: Fred Pane, Contract Manager, Pharmacy Services, Capstone Health Alliance

Presenter: Bonnie Kirshenbaum, Consultant & Columnist

Site of care changes and payment rules enhancements are impacting your IDNs Pharmacy operations in 2022.  In the third payment year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, navigating payment rules across sites of care and ensuring pharmacy is in sync with your organization’s overall strategies is critical. Themes observed in the rule sets include transparency rule clampdowns, patient centricity, continuing to simplify (electronic health record requirements and reporting, regulations), cut costs, and save money, and not lose focus on pharmacy’s efforts to combat the opioid crisis.

Additionally, we will cover late breaking changes including the Waste REFUND Act

In this session we will offer a complete understanding of the rule sets and discuss changes in strategy.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify payment rules that directly impact your pharmacy department.
  2. Outline impact on organizational goals and bottom line.
  3. Plan and discuss strategies that will optimize value and improve outcomes 

Specialty Pharmacy and Biosimilars

Moderator: Bonnie Kirschenbaum, Independent Pharmacy Consultant & Columnist

Panelists: Michael Czar, Director of Pharmacy, Carilion Clinic; and Patti Hawkins, System Director-340B, Infusion & Specialty Pharmacy, North Mississippi Health Services

Pharmacists are continually seeking strategies to manage the annual increase of drug prices. The use of biosimilars has proven to be an effective mitigation strategy to these price increases. This session will explore the strategies used to implement biosimilars into your pharmacy operations and how they can be utilized to stabilize drug prices.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Outline the challenges associated with implementing biosimilars.
  2. Discuss methods that efficiently and effectively implement biosimilars into your pharmacy operations.
  3. Analyze how biosimilars are being used to take on the supply chain crisis.