Another AMCP Annual Meeting in the Books….See You All in Boston in October!

Well another AMCP meeting is in the books and we all think it was the best one yet! Tampa was a great venue for this meeting and the weather could not have been better.

We enjoyed seeing old friends and excited about making new ones, and we look forward to seeing everyone again in October for Nexus 2014, in Boston, MA.

There were a lot of firsts in Tampa this year: Our first Specialty Pharmacy Conference, which drew more than 600 attendees; the first Education Pathways system that allowed attendees to attend exciting sessions that covered a particular sector; and the inaugural AMCP Foundation 5K and Casino Night. Overall, it was a very successful meeting and the feedback was very positive.

We also want to congratulate all the awards winners, the newly elected AMCP board members, and AMCP’s new President, Dana McCormick.

Also, last but certainly not least, we would like to recognize the just announced winners of the AMCP Foundation P&T and poster competitions. Congratulations to the University of California, San Francisco, for first place in the 14th Annual National Student Pharmacist P&T Competition; and congratulations to Carolyn Corn, University of Nebraska Medical Center for winning the Best Student Poster competition, and Logan Brinn of CVS Caremark for winning for Best Resident or Fellow Poster.

Below is a brief trip down memory lane for the past few days….Enjoy.

New President and Board Members Sworn in at AMCP’s 26th Annual Meeting & Expo

Day three at AMCP’s 26th Annual Meeting & Expo in Tampa, Florida, was a very exciting day which saw a new AMCP president being introduced, new AMCP board members being sworn in, and the running of the first inaugural AMCP Foundation 5K run.

The day started early for over 200 runners who gathered up at 6:00 am at Catanchobee Park on the Tampa Riverfront, to participate in the inaugural AMCP Foundation 5K Run for the Future. It was a beautiful cool morning and everyone had a great time. Congratulations to Brad Clay of Amgen who crossed the line in well under 20 minutes.

But the real excitement today came during our second General Session.

Former AMCP president Kim Caldwell warmed up the crowd to start the General Session. After former AMCP President Doug Burgoyne introduced newly elected board members Dr. Gary Owens, James Kenney, Janeen McBride, and President –Elect Raulo Frear, and swore-in the new board, Kim then proceeded to pass the gavel to President-Elect Dana McCormick who became AMCP’s 26th President. 

Dana took to the podium to address the crowd and provided her vision for the Academy over the coming year, including making specialty pharmacy a top priority for the Academy and a more aggressive move into CER. After providing the crowd with a real treat by showing an inspirational video (which can be viewed here), she introduced today’s keynote speaker, Dr. Scott Gottlieb.

Dr. Gottlieb, a practicing physician and former Deputy Commissioner, FDA, provided a unique perspective about the effects of the Affordable Care Act on the health care industry and what to expect moving forward. Dr. Gottlieb did mention that there will be opportunities to improve the health care system via risk-sharing with providers, managing utilization, and making a transition to biosimilars. It truly was a very insightful and informative presentation.

The day also included the completion of the P&T Competition and our education sessions and product theatres got into full swing. There is one more day left in Tampa, but still plenty of time to take advantage of educational sessions, Satellite Symposia, and more product theatres.

Day Two of AMCP’s 26th Annual Meeting & Expo Provides High Flying Excitement and Networking

We are off and running in Tampa (that will be taken literally by around 200 folks tomorrow morning, but I will explain more later in this blog) and the second day of our Annual Meeting & Expo provided for some real high energy and excitement provided by the group Afterburner during our first General Session.

Afterburner is made up of a group of fighter pilots and other former and current military personnel who train Fortune 100 organizations on ‘Flawless Execution.’ USAF fighter pilot Joel “Thor” Neeb, and USN fighter pilot John “Hitman” Hilterman provided great examples of how discovering the tools inherent to their Flawless Execution℠ model and implementing these strategic planning and leadership skills can transform any organization from the ground up.

“Hitman” also showed a chilling video that summarized how channelized attention can be catastrophic as it was for Eastern Airlines flight 401 in 1972 which crashed outside of Miami, Florida, killing over 90 people. But ultimately the main message was, as “Thor” said, ‘lose your sight and you will lose the fight’ a very simple yet powerful sentence that emphasizes the importance of keeping your eyes focused on your goals and objectives.

During the General Session, AMCP CEO Edith Rosato also recognized the service of U.S. Army Major Kevin Ridderhoff, who worked with us at AMCP over the past year. Kevin will be moving on to the Military Health Systems in May and while the AMCP family wishes him the best, we will certainly miss him. 

There are a lot of things coming up tomorrow, starting with the AMCP Foundation 5K run starting at 6:00 am at Catanchobee Park on the Tampa Riverfront. Lots of prizes will be given away, but most of all, bragging rights for the next year will be at stake. Bring your sneakers and high spirits and may the best runner win!

Also, tomorrow’s General Session will offer another great treat. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a physician who is also a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a former FDA and CMS official. His presentation is sure to bring a unique vantage point about the health care debate, being a practicing physician and former senior government official. This will be another can’t miss session.

Last but not least, we would like to announce that an additional session has been added to tomorrow’s schedule. The just-added Specialty Management Solutions session (scheduled for 2:45 pm in rooms 20-21) will deliver a benchmark for health plans by exploring what plans are currently doing to drive value and what approaches they anticipate implementing in the future. If you are looking for ways to control costs and improve the quality of care today and into the future, this is a must-attend session.

Still lots to cover the last two days of AMCP’s 26th Annual Meeting & Expo in Tampa, Florida, so stay tuned to stay on top of all the latest information. 

Day One of AMCP’s 26th Annual Meeting & Expo in the Books!

Registration opened today on a beautiful sunny day in Tampa, Florida, for AMCP’s 26th Annual Meeting & Expo. The Meeting opened with our inaugural Specialty Pharmacy Conference which was a real success with more than 600 registered.

Avella Specialty Pharmacy’s CEO Rebecca Shanahan opened things up with an outstanding opening session address, and was followed by key sessions on Integrated Care Solutions for Medicaid Specialty Pharmacy Management, How Specialty Pharmacy Embrace the ACO Model, and a late breaking session on the recent Hepatitis C Guidelines issued by AASLD. If you are in specialty pharmacy this was the place to be today!

Tomorrow we will wrap up the Specialty Pharmacy Conference with three more sessions and a networking luncheon.

Of course, tomorrow AMCP’s 26th Annual Meeting & Expo will officially get underway with a Satellite Symposium on determining the value of oncology treatments within managed care, our first CE session on Specialty Pharmaceuticals, our opening General Session (featuring the excitement of Afterburner), and last but not least the opening night reception in the expo hall. Definitely lots of things not to be missed!

The learning and fun in the sun is just beginning. If you are in Tampa with us this week make sure to take advantage of all the sessions, networking, and other educational opportunities that are available. If you weren’t able to join us, make sure to follow our blog for all the latest from AMCP’s 26th Annual Meeting & Expo.

Travel Day to Tampa!

Today is travel day to Tampa for most AMCP staff and many attendees. We are all really looking forward to AMCP’s 26th Annual Meeting & Expo, but most of all we are all excited to reconnect with past friends and make new ones.

While our official program doesn’t get going until Wednesday morning, registration will open Tuesday at noon and our Specialty Pharmacy Conference will start at 2:00 pm, with a special keynote speaker… Rebecca Shanahan, CEO of Avella Specialty Pharmacy. You definitely don’t want to miss this special AMCP event.

The remainder of the days will be filled with more than 30 continuing education sessions, two general sessions (with keynote speakers that are sure to leave a lasting impression), and an opportunity to network with your colleagues during our Opening Night Reception in the exhibit hall.

It promises to be AMCP’s best event yet and we hope that we will see you there…

AMCP’s 26th Annual Meeting & Expo Blog is Live!

Welcome to AMPC’s 26th Annual Meeting & Expo blog. You can follow the best parts of this event by checking out the blog daily, starting Tuesday, April 1. We will be providing recaps of the day as well as previews of events and sessions coming up in the ensuing days. Make sure to check in frequently while in Tampa.

It promises to be AMCP’s finest annual meeting to date, and everything gets started with a Specialty Pharmacy Conference which is a must-attend if you work or have interest in the growing specialty pharmacy topic. This year we will be holding two General Sessions with keynote speakers that are sure to leave a lasting impression. On Wednesday afternoon we will experience the high energy of Jim Murphy & Afterburner, which helps top business leaders transform strategy into action based on its Flawless Execution model used successfully by highly-trained, highly-skilled military teams around the world (check out this impressive video about Afterburner). On Thursday morning, we will hear from Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a practicing physician and former Deputy Commissioner for the FDA. Dr. Gottlieb is a resident fellow with the American Enterprise Institute and is sure to bring a unique perspective on the most daunting issues facing health care today.

Of course in Tampa this year there will be ample opportunities to gain CPE credits by attending our new Education Pathway sessions and the Satellite Symposia.

Oh, and don’t forget about the AMCP Foundation 5K run on Thursday morning. Bring your sneaks and show off your running ability! And for those who enjoy a little gambling, make sure to RSVP for the AMCP Foundation’s Casino Night on Thursday evening.

We’ll see you in sunny Tampa for what is sure to be AMCP’s finest annual meeting to date.

P.S. Make sure to follow us on Twitter @AMCPorg or #Tampa2014 to get up to the minute updates on all our events.

See you in Tampa!

See you in Tampa!