October 21, 2015 (8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) International Centre, 6900 Airport Rd, Mississauga, ON
8:00-8:30 a.m. - Breakfast and Registration
8:30-8:35 a.m. - Opening Remarks
8:35-9:20 a.m. - Panel: Time to STOP the Unintended Health Consequences
Traditional plan designs and cost-management strategies can unknowingly jeopardize health outcomes—and ultimately lead to greater costs down the road. This panel will reveal eye-opening examples of how current plans can get in the way of patient care, with possible cost ramifications across drug, dental, extended health and disability benefits.
Panelists: TBA, Pfizer
Mike Boivin, pharmacist consultant, CommPharm Consulting
9:20-10:05 a.m. - Panel: Professional Services at Work to Improve Health & Productivity
Find out which pharmacy services can optimize the utilization of employee benefits, improve productivity among claimants with chronic conditions and avert spending on additional benefits, including disability claims. Pharmacies are also ideally positioned to conduct health-risk screenings for the early detection and prevention of chronic diseases.
Leanne MacFarlane, Senior Director Business Development, MHCSI Managed Health Care Services Inc. (MHCSI)
Allan Malek, senior vice-president, professional affairs, Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA)
10:05-10:25 a.m. - Networking Break
10:25-11:00 a.m. - Payment for pharmacy professional services
Be among the first to learn about a package of pharmacy services recommended for coverage through health spending accounts or, possibly, as core benefits. Developed by the Pharmacy Health Insurance Steering Coalition, this package also includes a recommended usual and customary fees list.
Mike Cavanagh, R.Ph. owner, Kawartha Lakes Pharmacy
Second presenter TBA
11:00-11:45 a.m. - Panel: The Right Product, the Right Price
Prescription medications are the most utilized employee health benefit, and the vast majority, are used to treat chronic conditions. Are plan sponsors achieving maximum economies of scale in terms of product cost and optimal therapy (i.e., the right drug for the right patient at the right time)? This panel summarizes the latest offerings from or facilitated by pharmacies to support the cost-effectiveness of drug benefits.
Atul Goela, product director, pharmaceutical benefits, Sun Life Financial
Jane Farnham, strategic health solutions leader, BioScript
11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. - Employer case study/testimonial
An employer or their representative (e.g., benefits consultant) and pharmacist will share their learnings following the implementation of a pharmacy-led wellness initiative for the workplace.
12:15 p.m. - Closing Remarks
**note: this agenda is subject to change at any time.