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Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Opens 2011 Educational Conference in Atlanta

ATLANTA, Oct. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) today opened its 2011 Educational Conference in Atlanta. The conference, Oct. 19-21, draws managed care pharmacy professionals from across the country and features a wide range of programs and activities, including educational sessions, interactive roundtable discussions, general sessions, student pharmacist programming, networking events and other activities focused on advancing the profession of managed care pharmacy.

The conference's 30 educational sessions include topics on health information technology, drug benefit designs, medication adherence, drug pricing and reimbursement issues, fraud, waste & abuse, and the drug pipeline.

The conference also features a health care reform implementation track with sessions on such diverse topics as comparative effectiveness research, quality of care measurements, accountable care organizations, patient centered medical homes, the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit, the National Quality Forum's (NQF) Measure Applications Partnership (MAP), and federal and state legislative updates.

In addition, the conference includes two General Sessions headlined by well-known keynote speakers.

The General Session on Thursday, Oct. 20, features Joe Greer, MD, an advocate for those without access to health care and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Dr. Greer is author of the autobiography "Waking up in America: How One Doctor Brings Hope to Those Who Need It Most," and he has advised both the Bush and Clinton administrations. In his address, Dr. Greer will challenge attendees to view health care reform from the perspective of, "How do we make those living in our great nation healthier?"

The General Session on Friday, Oct. 21 features two well-known media figures: liberal political commentator and radio talk show host Alan Colmes and former President Bush Press Secretary Dana Perino. Both are political commentators on Fox News. On stage, Colmes and Perino will examine some of the political hot button issues facing the nation today, including health care reform.  

In addition to the sessions, the Atlanta conference includes a new element called "The Exchange," which aims to encourage interaction among conference attendees and increase the dialogue between manufacturers and managed care professionals who are key decision makers within their organizations. The Exchange also is the site of a series of "Product Theaters," which allow attendees to gain information on specific products, therapeutic areas and/or disease states in presentations provided by company designated presenters. Organizations presenting Product Theaters are: Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Vertex Pharmaceuticals and Novo Nordisk Inc.

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About the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy

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 approximately 6,000 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.

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