Solutions in Drug Plan Managment


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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

8:35-9:15 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.

Mike Boivin, pharmacist consultant, CommPharm Consulting

Hitesh Pandya, pharmacist, Shoppers Drug Mart
John Papastergiou, pharmacist/owner, adjunct assistant professor, School of Pharmacy, University of Waterloo (John’s participation made possible by Pfizer)

9:15-9:55 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)

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9:55-10:15 a.m. - Networking Break

10:15-10:45 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
Tim Clarke, chief innovation officer, Canadian Health & Benefits, Aon Hewitt

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10:45-11:45 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.

Neil Donald
, director, private payers, McKesson (made possible by Sun Life Financial)
Jane Farnham, strategic health solutions leader, BioScript
Barbara Martinez, practice leader, drug benefits solutions, Great-West Life
Kevin West, vice-president, HealthForward Inc.
Kevin Wong, manager, pharmacy services, TELUS Health

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11:45 a.m. - Closing Remarks

**note: this agenda is subject to change at any time.

BioScript Solutions


Great-West Life


Ontario Pharmacists Association



TELUS Health



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