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2018 National Pharmacy Forum

2/5/2018 to 2/7/2018
When: Monday, February 5, 2018
Where: Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains
16770 N Perimeter Dr.
Scottsdale, Arizona  85260
United States
Contact: Chris Flock

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“The Importance and Value of Pharmacy Leadership for the Future of Healthcare”


Event Description
The 2018 HSCA National Pharmacy Forum brings together supply chain professionals, pharmaceutical industry representatives, innovators, thought leaders and more to discuss the latest trends in the industry.  The year’s HSCA Forum, titled ““The Importance and Value of Pharmacy Leadership for the Future of Healthcare,” will feature sessions that examine the significant role that Pharmacy Leaders have in an ever-changing healthcare sector.

Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains
16770 N Perimeter Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Hotel Accommodations
Due to overwhelming demand and interest in the program, the Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains has completely sold out. The Scottsdale Marriott has recommended the below hotels that are within a 10-15-minute ride to the conference.  Be sure to book your rooms soon as the rates can fluctuate!


·       HSCA has reserved an overflow room block at the Residence Inn Scottsdale North at a group right of $249 per night (Room block link)

·       JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa (

             Phone:  480-293-5000

·       Phoenix Desert View at Mayo Clinic (
Phone:  480-563-1500

·       Scottsdale Salt River/Pima Courtyard (
Phone:  480-745-8200

February 5-7, 2018

Refunds for Registration
If your travel plans change and you are unable to attend the National Pharmacy Forum after registering, refunds are available through no later than Monday, January 15th.


Pharmacy Forum Program Agenda

Monday, February 5

Welcome Reception (5:00pm – 6:30 pm)

Tuesday, February 6

Breakfast (7:15am – 8:00am)

The Challenges of Population Health (8:10am – 9:25am)  

·         John Ragan, Chief Operating Officer, Arizona Chamber of Commerce

Washington Update – Healthcare Focused (9:30am – 10:30am)  

·         Speaker: Diane Major, President & CEO, The D. Major Group

GPO Pharmacy Leader Panel— Trends and Challenges in Acute Care Pharmacy (10:50am – 11:50am)

·         Acute Care GPO Pharmacy Panelists:

o   Wayne Russell, Pharm.D., FASHP, Vice President, Pharmacy, Premier

o   William Larkin, Executive Vice President, Pharmacy Services, Acurity

o   Chris Little, Vice President, Pharmacy Services, ROi

o   Nicolle Rychlick, Pharmacy Service Group, HealthTrust

o   Dan Kistner, Pharm.D., Senior Vice President, Pharmacy Solutions, Vizient

o   Tim Franke, Senior Director of Pharmacy, Lab, & DI Contracting, Intalere

·         Moderator: Dale Wright, Managing Partner, Actalur Group, LLC.

Networking Lunch (11:50am – 1:00pm)

Pharmacy Leadership—Formulary Management of High Cost Medications—The Decision-Making Process, From Clinical Therapeutics, Site of Care, Product Cost and Reimbursements (1:00pm – 2:30pm)

·         Panelists:

o   Sarah Rall, Pharmacy Director, Marshfield Clinic

o   Raghu Durvasula, MD, MHA, Associate Professor, Division of Nephrology, Associate Medical Director, Clinical Operations and Efficiency, Department of Medicine, University of Washington

o   Molly Billstein Leber, PharmD, BCPS, FASHP, Manager, Medication Policy and Formulary Management, Yale New Haven Health System

·         Moderator/Panelist: Steven Lucio, Pharm D., Associate VP, Pharmacy Services, Srcg Ops, Vizient

Current Trends in the Generic Pharmaceutical and the Emerging Biosimilar Markets (2:50pm – 3:50pm)

·         David Gaugh, R.Ph., Senior Vice President, Sciences & Regulatory Affairs, Association for Accessible Medicines (formerly GPhA)

Non-Acute Care Leadership Panel. Trends and Challenges in the Non-Acute Care Market—With a Pharmacy Twist.  (3:55pm – 4:55pm)

·         Panelists:

o   Sara Turnbow, PharmD, MS, BCPS, Pharmacy Contracting Manager, Minnesota Multistate Contracting Alliance for Pharmacy (MMCAP)

o   Mitch Steiner, Vice President, Enterprise & Pharmacy, Provista

o   Kim Garza, R.Ph. Vice President, Pharmacy Services, Innovatix

o   Eric Cenac, Vice President, ROi

·         Moderator: Dale Wright, Managing Partner, Actalur Group, LLC.

Pharmacy Forum Reception (5:00pm-6:30pm

Wednesday, February 7

Breakfast (7:45am-8:30 am)

Healthcare Distribution—Exploring the Current and Future Dynamics of Healthcare Distribution—Pharmacy Focused (8:30am – 10:00am)

·         Panelists:

o   Bill Woodward, MS, RPh, Senior Director, Contract Services Pharmacy, Srcg Ops – Pharmacy, Vizient

o   Vance Moore, President – Business Integration, Mercy (ROi)

o   Bill Roth, Founding Partner, Blue Finn Group

·         Moderator:  Wayne Russell, Pharm.D., FASHP, Vice President, Pharmacy, Premier

                     Understanding the Dynamic and Evolving Healthcare Market (10:15am-11:30am)

·         Panelists:

o   Lee Perlman, President, GNYHA Ventures

o   Eric Percher, Research Analyst, Nephron Research LLC

o   Randall Piper, President, Angle Medical Solutions 

·         Moderator:  Todd Ebert, President and CEO, HSCA

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