The Emdeon team always looks forward to the NCPDP Annual Conference. The 2012 version is coming up in early May at the Arizona Biltmore. As expected, NCPDP has done an excellent job in scheduling a large number of important and interesting topics. Emdeon’s Lathe Bigler will be discussing the impact of health information exchanges (HIEs) and accountable care organizations (ACOs) on our industry, and I am scheduled to talk about the industry’s observations and lessons learned regarding the implementation of D.0.
Additionally there will be other great subjects covered:
The above examples are only a sampling of the important topics being covered next month at the annual NCPDP conference. This is both an exciting and challenging time within our industry. Stay tuned as we look forward to the reviews and commentary from this event which takes place May 6 to 12. Better yet, I encourage you to attend this important industry event. It is an informational, fun and important conference attended by pharmacy leaders throughout the industry. Social events, such as receptions and especially the closing night theme party, are scattered throughout the schedule, giving you time to network and unwind all at the same time.
We continue to advocate for membership and active participation in NCPDP as it affects our business in so very many positive ways. We believe that through collaboration and commitment to a quality healthcare system, it has and will continue to live up to its mission, which in part states “provides a forum wherein our diverse membership can develop business solutions” that effect our industry. For more information on the conference, click here.
VP of pharmacy network services
Paul Hooper directs Emdeon's pharmacy network services initiatives with a focus on developing programs, standards and partnerships that increase pharmacy efficiency and reduce healthcare costs. Paul has spent more than 25 years in the healthcare industry with a predominant focus in pharmacy. During this time, he has held roles in product development, systems, finance and operations at various recognized industry leaders: BASF, Abbott Laboratories, Cardinal Health, ArcLight and Emdeon. He holds a master's degree in business administration from Ohio University and a bachelor of science in food science from Pennsylvania State University.