8:00 am
David Twitchell
David Twitchell, PharmD, MBA
Vice President andChief Pharmacy Officer
Boston Medical Center Health System

8:15 am

Amid changes on the Hill that include Democrats taking control of the House, an ongoing lawsuit against Medicare Part B cuts, as well as the Administration’s drug pricing initiative, there are no shortage of factors that may influence the future of the 340B Drug Pricing Program. Hear the view from the Hill on the current political outlook, and the potential implications for the 340B program in the coming months.

  • Get an update on the status of the AHA lawsuit and proposed transparency guidelines and stewardship principles around the governance of the program
  • Assess the impact of the International Pricing Index (IPI) model on 340B hospitals
  • Identify efforts on the Hill to protect the program in light of concerns that 340B savings may be reduced

Speaker TBA

9:00 am

Apexus the HRSA 340B Prime Vendor, presents a neutral perspective to challenges surrounding the 340B program, and relations between manufacturers and covered entities. Hear about the latest hot topics and best practices from an organization leading the 340B conversation and finding value for all stakeholders.

  • Hear an update on the latest 340B program policy, guidance, and trends
  • Gain insight into the questions Apexus receives, and how its services are evolving as a result of the call center activity
  • Participate in a Q & A forum on top-of-mind challenges across various stakeholders
Christopher A Hatwig

10:15 am

Both covered entities and manufacturers are often frustrated by the challenges of the 340B program partnership especially in the areas of data sharing and communication. Discuss ways CEs and manufacturers can better collaborate and communicate to mutually optimize the benefit of the program.

  • Hear perspectives on what is needed from the other to effectively work together
  • Address issues that arise when there are holes in the database, and how to work around them
  • Establish effective communication tactics to make sure all parties are speaking the same language and the right individuals are talking to each other

Covered Entity Perspective:

Katy Lees
Katy Lees
340B Business Manager
University of Rochester Medical Center

Manufacturer Perspective:
Mujeeb Rafiuddin
Mujeeb Rafiuddin
340B National Account Executive

11:15 am

The Civil Monetary Penalties Ruling, effective January 1, 2019, impacts the current dispute resolution process by penalizing manufacturers if they knowingly overcharged a covered entity, and allowing covered entities to take action when there is an overcharge. Discuss the implications of and initial findings resulting from this ruling, including its effect on processes, margins, data sharing, and reporting.

  • Review the fundamental changes brought forth by the Civil Monetary Penalties Ruling
  • Determine the increased need for data sharing, and process and procedural changes made by all stakeholders
  • Evaluate the oversight under this ruling, and the penalties levied to date

Covered Entity Perspective:

Michael K. Lessard
Michael K. Lessard, RPh, MBA, FACHE
System Director, Pharmacy Supply Chain and Contracting
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health;
Administrative Director
New England Alliance for Health

Manufacturer Perspective:
Sylvia Yu
Sylvia Yu, J.D.
Vice President, Federal Programs
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)

12:00 pm
1:15 pm

When manufacturers pay Medicaid rebates or honor commercial discounts on 340B purchased drugs, they are subject to duplicative discounts that are either prohibited by law (Medicaid) or contractual terms (commercial). Manufacturers are faced with the challenge of determining the presence of both discounts and resolving the inappropriate payments. Hear how data is being use to expedite this process.

  • Hear new research on the volume of duplicate discounts
  • Understand ways to leverage data to flag instances of duplicate discounts
  • Learn lessons from the field on enforcing manufacturers’ rights to prevent duplicate discounts
Andrew Brownlee
Andrew Brownlee
Managing Consultant
Berkeley Research Group

Aaron Vandervelde
Aaron Vandervelde
Managing Director
Berkeley Research Group

2:00 pm

Each state has a different process on how they involve themselves in the process of addressing duplicate discounts. As manufacturers often deal with many states at the same time, it is beneficial to understand their varying points of contact. Learn how manufacturers are working most efficiently with different states to resolve discounts.

  • Discuss varying states’ level of involvement in dealing with manufacturers and covered entities
  • Assess strategies in dealing with uninvolved states versus states that are part of the dispute process
Amanda Tucker
Amanda Tucker
Manager, Government Programs and Reimbursement

3:15 pm

A limited distribution network, while restricting the distribution channel, allows for more effective allocation of drugs during a shortage. Manufactures’ need to discuss what obligations they have under the law when constructing these limited distribution networks.

  • Construct a limited distribution plan structure to be in compliance
  • Examine the new guidelines for controlling and reporting limited distribution networks
  • Create methods to allocate drug supply when products fall to penny pricing
William A. Sarraille
William A. Sarraille
Sidley Austin LLP

4:00 pm

Explore data analytics and the value it can bring to 340B stakeholders. Conducting analytics will allow you to gauge 340B utilization trends and identify its drivers. Valuable insights include customer purchase behavior, financial implications, and overall book of business fluctuations.

  • Discuss how to develop an analysis methodology that will give you more visibility into your 340B business
  • Conducting the analysis and how to interpret the data in order to evaluate its implications to gross-to-net, contract operations, and sales
  • Collaborating with cross-functional teams for a deeper dive into customer purchase behaviors
  • Translating data findings into valuable business insights that could influence changes to gross-to-net accruals and forecasts
Leonard Rampersaud
Leonard Rampersaud
Manager, Contract Operations
Jazz Pharmaceuticals

4:45 pm

Manufacturers and covered entities must work alongside each other to enable the 340B program to function appropriately and efficiently. Hear about methods undertaken by manufacturers when addressing negotiations with covered entities.

  • Outline strategies to increase effective communication
  • Identify productive ways to respond to requests from covered entities
  • Develop an effective inquiry process
  • Learn tactics to work most effectively with covered entities to assist in self-disclosures
Charles Washington
Charles Washington, CFE, CPP, CICA
Director, Fraud Investigation Group