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Featured Speakers Announced for 5th Annual Pharmacy Benefits Academy, August 24-25 in Chicago

CHICAGO, Aug. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Midwest Business Group on Health in collaboration with Pharmacy Outcomes Specialists announced the keynote speakers and agenda for the fifth annual Pharmacy Benefits Academy (PBA) to be held August 24-25 at the InterContinental Chicago O'Hare. The program provides human resource, benefits and managed care professionals, union trustees and other health care stakeholders, with the information and tools needed to better manage pharmacy costs and related benefits, and improve the health outcomes of their covered populations using these benefits.

"In light of the rising costs associated with specialty pharmacy, it's more important than ever for employers to focus on effectively managing their pharmacy benefits," said Cheryl Larson, MBGH vice president. "In addition to our nationally recognized speakers, at this meeting MBGH will release new national employer survey findings on the importance of better understanding, managing and contracting biologics/specialty pharmacy to both manage costs and improve population health."

Featured speakers for this event include:

  • Emerson V. Carvalho, Jr., MD, MPH, MBA, JD, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Kim Dwyer, Director of Benefits, Advocate Health Care
  • Alex Jung, Senior Vice President, Walgreens
  • Louis Lazovsky, Vice President, HR, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
  • Jack Mahoney, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer and Co-founder Center for Health Value Innovation
  • John Scherbenske, Unit Chief, ODP, Pharmaceutical Investigations, Department of Justice
  • Aaron W. Sigler, PharmD, Office of Generics, Food and Drug Administration
  • Art Sorg, Divisional Sales Manager, Wal-Mart Corporation
  • Julie Suko, PharmD, Director, Editorial Content Services, First DataBank

Featured topics for this event include:

Government and Rx Benefits; Reimbursement, Cost Management and Savings; Specialty Pharmacy; Managing High Cost Drugs; Community Pharmacists; Network Redesigns; PBM Mergers; Fraud, Waste and Abuse; PBM Contracting and Discount Cards.

Registration information and an agenda can be found at

About MBGH

The non-profit Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH) is one of the nation's leading business groups of private and public employers, whose 100+ members employ over 3 million lives, spending more than $3 billion on health care benefits on an annual basis. MBGH offers employers a variety of health benefit educational seminars, networking opportunities, quality and community initiatives, demonstration projects and group purchasing programs. MBGH is a founding member of the National Business Coalition on Health.

About Pharmacy Outcomes Specialists

Pharmacy Outcomes Specialists is the premier consulting firm in the pharmacy benefits industry for corporate clients, unions, government agencies and managed care organizations. Projects include large complicated audits of Medicare Part D programs and audits of Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) for compliance with financial and plan terms. Pharmacy Outcomes Specialists' consultants and partners are a unique group of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, accountants, financial analysts, attorneys and government specialists.

SOURCE Midwest Business Group on Health and Pharmacy Outcomes Specialists
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