Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Holds 2010 Educational Conference Oct. 13-15, in St. Louis, MO

Conference Features Health Care Reform Implementation Track

ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) is holding its 2010 Educational Conference Oct. 13-15 in St. Louis, Mo. Nearly 2,000 managed care pharmacy professionals from across the country have gathered for the annual fall meeting, which includes dozens of educational sessions, roundtable discussions, pre-conference symposia and opportunities for networking.

This year’s conference is structured with a special educational track on health care reform. AMCP has scheduled sessions with experts in every timeslot that address health care reform implementation issues pertinent to managed care pharmacy.

These include, on Wednesday, Oct. 13, a pre-conference session providing a comprehensive overview of health care reform. On Thursday, Oct. 14, the sessions include Comparative Effectiveness Research: Evidence-Based Pathways to Improve Quality of Care; The Patient Centered Medical Home and Accountable Care Organizations and Their Roles in Health Care Reform; Future Program Changes for Medicare Part D—2011 and Beyond; and Health Information Technology and Interoperability: Focus on Bi-Directional Communications. On Friday, Oct. 15, the sessions include The Growing Emphasis on Quality Measurement under Health Care Reform; New Anti-Fraud and Program Integrity Requirements under Health Care Reform; Health Care Reform and Wall Street—Update for Health Plans and Managed Care.

In addition, AMCP’s Educational Conference will continue to feature many of the sessions, events, programs and networking opportunities that AMCP members have come to value over the years.

These include: pre-conference satellite symposia of interest to managed care; more than 30 educational programs covering topics most relevant to the field of managed care pharmacy; opportunities to network with faculty, colleagues, AMCP exhibitors, poster presenters and new members; the Managed Care Industry Forum; a series of interactive roundtable discussions on current topics; and student programming.

The conference also includes two General Sessions with prominent keynote speakers who will address managed care pharmacy’s position in the new health care reform environment and inspire attendees on a personal level.

Thursday’s General Session features a trio of inspirational young health care professionals known collectively as “The Three Doctors.” Drs. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins and Rameck Hunt are role models for anyone who’s been through a significant life challenge or major hardship. As teenage boys growing up on the tough inner-city streets of Newark, New Jersey, they made a pact to stick together, go to college, graduate, and become doctors. Despite facing a dearth of positive role models, these three men persevered to fulfill that dream.

The messages the Three Doctors deliver are simple yet powerful: never underestimate the power of self-reliance and inner strength; attach a timeline and devise a strategy for achieving your goals; and surround yourself with like-minded people who are in line with your aspirations.

Friday’s General Session features Jonathan Blum, Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicare at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). As head of CMS’s Center for Medicare, Blum is responsible for overseeing the regulation and payment of Medicare fee-for-service providers, privately-administered Medicare health plans, and the Medicare prescription drug program. The benefits pay for health care for approximately 45 million elderly and disabled Americans, with an annual budget in the hundreds of billions of dollars.

His address will include an overview of key provisions in the historic health care reform law, as well as how CMS is implementing the new requirements. Blum also will present CMS’s expectations for Medicare Part D stand-alone prescription drug plans (PDPs) and Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug (MA-PD) plans.

About AMCP

The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) is a national professional association of pharmacists and other health care practitioners who serve society by the application of sound medication management principles and strategies to improve health care for all. The Academy's 5,700 members develop and provide a diversified range of clinical, educational and business management services and strategies on behalf of the more than 200 million Americans covered by a managed care pharmacy benefit. More news and information about AMCP can be obtained on its website, at


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